Barry Webster is included in the current
edition of Canadian Who’s Who. He is originally
from Toronto but now resides in Montreal. He has lived for extended periods of
time in Barcelona, London, Banff, and Berlin, where he was staying the night
the Wall fell.
In 2006 Webster’s first book, The Sound
of All Flesh, won the ReLit Award for best collection of short stories published by a Canadian press.
He has also been a finalist for the National Magazine Award, the CBC-Quebec Prize, and the Hugh
MacLennan Award. His non-fiction has appeared in
numerous publications including The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, Event and Prairie Fire. He has been
awarded residences at artist colonies including the Banff Centre for the Arts,
the Sage Hill Writing Colony in Saskatchewan, and the Edward Albee Colony in
He currently teaches English at
Marianopolis College and works as a translator from French to English. He
recently translated a high school textbook on palaeontology entitled
He moved to Montreal in 1999. Webster had
long been fascinated by Quebec and finally moved there to learn French. He also
speaks German and is currently studying Mandarin. He believes the learning of
languages affects one’s worldview and is an important inspiration for his
Music is also an important influence on his
fiction. Webster is a classically trained pianist and has two ARCT’s from the
Royal Conservatory of Music.
In 2003 he completed an M.A. in Creative
Writing at Concordia University. He also has a B.A. in English from the
University of Toronto.
Webster is also an actor and was recently in a
production of Sam Shepard’s Savage/Love.
He also acted in a radio play based on his short story “Enough” and has
performed his fiction at numerous venues.