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Tyler Keevil

Burrard Inlet

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Burrard Inlet is the body of water that divides Vancouver’s North Shore from the rest of the Lower Mainland. In this collection of award-winning stories, Tyler Keevil uses that rugged landscape – where the city meets the mountains, and civilisation meets the wild – as a backdrop for characters struggling against the elements, each other and themselves.

A search-and-rescue volunteer looks for a missing snowboarder on Christmas Eve; two brothers retreat to the woods to shoot a film in memory of their dead friend; a reclusive forestry worker picks up a hitcher on his way down Mount Seymour; a young man finds a temporary haven on the ice barge where he works.

Written in a lean, muscular style, these are stories awash in blood and brine, and steeped in images of freedom and confinement. Within that narrative framework, Burrard Inlet becomes more than a geographical location: it is a liminal space, a boundary and a barrier, a threshold to be crossed.

Originally from Vancouver, Tyler Keevil first came to the UK in 1999 to study English at Lancaster University. He currently lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire. He has published short fiction in a variety of magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, including New Welsh Review, On Spec, Transmission, Brace and Planet, while a translation of his ‘Masque of the Red Clown’ was commissioned by the French–Canadian magazine Solaris. Tyler’s mastery of the short form has seen him win a number of awards, most notably a Writer of the Year award from Writers Inc of London. His second novel, The Drive, was published by Myriad Editions in August 2013.