About Anakana Schofield
My name is Anakana Schofield or AK for short. I am also short and my main preoccupations, alongside writing sentences, are the weather and labour history.
I write fiction, essays, and literary criticism. I’ve written for The Globe and Mail (& many other Canadian newspapers) and The London Review of Books Blog and Little Star. I live currently in Vancouver, BC with my partner and son. I’ve also lived significant time in Dublin, Ireland and London, England.
My fiction has been published in Little Star magazine #4, Boulderpavement, various anthologies and in The Recorder: The Journal of Irish-American History Society. My non-fiction has been published in Geist magazine. I have contributed to CBC Radio.
I have a background in theatre and film. In Dublin, I worked in documentary film making for several years with Se Merry Doyle, John T Davis, and the extraordinary Niamh Barrett. I also made my own 26 minute piece for RTE television called Bracism, part of the first series ever broadcast in Ireland of video diaries.
My mother keeps Kerry cows and goats in Co. Mayo. They’re good looking creatures.
Recently I’ve undertaken a number of performance art collaborations with Lori Weidenhammer including Big Mamas Ridin’ High for Chaos (shown alongside work by Pauline Cummins, Sinead O’Donnell, Sandra Johnson) at Open Space (Victoria, BC), Not Hailed Cabs for Not Sent Letters (Vancouver, BC), Parataxis: The Ride (part of La Commune de Vancouver (Paris Commune Celebrations.) I’ve organized several interdisciplinary events revisiting forgotten working class Vancouver texts at the Vancouver Public Library. (Good and Strong: Taxi! @ 35, (Helen Potrebenko’s 1975 novel Taxi!) Crossings: A Return (Betty Lambert’s novel Crossings). I have a strong interest in BC’s fascinating labour history.
In 2011 I curated an ongoing series of actions — Rereading the Riot Act — through a curatorial residency with UNIT/PITT Projects, which explored the events of April 23, 1935 and were designed to create an emotional and politicized engagement with civic space and how we narrate back to it. This project includes a series of books Rereading the Riot Act that will be published through Publication Studio Vancouver. Leannej and I will also publish our collaborative piece Walkers (a walk in progress) sometime this year.
My debut novel Malarky was published by Biblioasis in North America in 2012. I appeared at many writers festivals in Canada & the US. Malarky named on 16 Best Book of the Year type lists including The New Statesman, Amazon, iTunes, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, Georgia Straight and Pickle Me This. The CBC included me in their 2012 Writers-to-Watch list. (I was tempted to amend that to Writers to Watch Fall Over, but shall resist.. be serious woman, be serious!)
Oneworld will publish Malarky in the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa in July/August 2013.
Just this week (Feb 27 2013) Malarky has been nominated for the 37th Amazon.ca First Novel Award. (Light the holy candles, utter pagan prayers, boil the kettle!)
Last Tuesday (March 12th) Malarky was also nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize alongside terrific writers including Anne Fleming
On Wednesday April 24, 2013, Malarky WON the 37th Amazon.ca First Novel Award. (Extinguish the holy candles, make an appointment at the dentist for child who needs his teeth fixing, boil the kettle twice for good measure!)
For Malarky rights inquiries in remaining territories & film rights please contact my agent Marilyn Biderman (email@example.com)
To contact me about Malarky or readings or other work related inquiries please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for reading!