Sean Virgo was born in Malta, and grew up in South Africa, Malaya, Ireland and the U.K. He immigrated to Canada in 1966 and became a citizen 1972. He has lived on the Queen Charlotte Islands, Newfoundland, various Gulf Islands, the Bruce Peninsula and for the last few years in Southwest Saskatchewan. His first publications were poetry, and while he still sometimes performs as a poet, he is better known for his short fiction: White Lies, Wormwood, Waking in Eden, A Traveller Came By, and a novel, Selakhi. A new collection of stories, Begging Questions, was published in the Fall of 2006.
The Shadow Mother, illustrated by the Spanish artist Javier Serrano, will be published by Groundwood Books in 2011.
“It’s a joy to see a fiction writer deploying his imaginative powers to the full in an age when given the dominance of fact the imagination itself is under suspicion.” Patricia Robertson, National Post, January 2007.