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Robin McGrath

Photograph of Robin McGrath Box 862, Station C
Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
Canada, A0P 1C0
Tel: 709-896-7213

Robin McGrath was born in Newfoundland in 1949, one of the famous "castor oil babies" of the anti-confederate movement. She took her PhD at the University of Western Ontario, and was an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta where she specialized in Canadian, Aboriginal, and Children's Literature.

Robin is a poet, novelist, essayist, and occasional radio broadcaster. She is a member of the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador and The Writers' Union of Canada, and she serves on the Editorial Board of Them Days Magazine and the Editorial Board of Killick Press.

The author of several hundred articles, newspaper columns, and reviews, Robin's work has appeared in countries such as Finland, Denmark, Sweden, the United States, Ireland, and Inner Mongolia, as well as Canada. She has won numerous literary awards including the Henry Fuerstenberg Poetry Prize and the Geldert Medal.

Robin lives in Goose Bay, Labrador, with her husband, Judge John Joy.


The Birchy Maid (fiction), illustrated by Rochelle Baker.
St. Johnís, NL: Tuckamore Books, 2013.

Ed. with an Introduction. Hammered by the Waves: A Young Frenchmanís Sojourn in Newfoundland 1882-83, by Henri de la Chaume, translated by Dr. James McGrath. St. Johnís: Creative Books, 2010.

All in Together: Rhymes, Songs and Ditties of Newfoundland and Labrador
Boulder Books, 2009

The Winterhouse (novel)
Killick, 2009

Livyers World (young adult novel)
Tuckamore Books, 2007

Salt Fish and Schmattes: A History of the Jews of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1760
Creative Press, 2006

Covenant of Salt (poetry)
Killick Press, March 2005

Nursery Rhymes of Newfoundland and Labrador
Boulder Publications, 2004

Gone to the Ice (young adult novel)
Jesperson Press, 2002

Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada
(with Anne Compton, Laurence Hutchman and Ross Leckie)
Goose Lane, 2002

Donovan's Station (novel)
Killick Press, 2002

Hoist Your Sails and Run (young adult novel)
Tuckamore Press, 1999

Escaped Domestics (poetry)
Killick Press, l998

A Heritage Guide to Torbay
Oceanside Press, 1997

A Heritage Guide to Portugal Cove - St. Philip's
Oceanside Press, 1996

Trouble and Desire (short fiction)
Killick Press, l995