Maureen Hull was born and raised on Cape Breton Island. She studied at NSCAD, Dalhousie University and the Pictou Fisheries School. Before and during her formal education she worked in the costume department of Neptune Theatre. Since 1976 she has lived on Pictou Island in the Northumberland Strait. Between 1976 and 1998 she worked as a lobster fisher; for seven of those years she home-schooled her two daughters. She began writing in 1992. She has been a Berton House Writer in Residence and during the fall/winter of 2010 she will be the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library's Writer in Residence.
Her fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her short story collection, Righteous Living, Turnstone Press, 1999, was short-listed for the Danuta Gleed Award, and several of her stories have been read on CBC radio. Her second picture book, Rainy Days With Bear, 2004, was short-listed for the Ann Connor Brimer and Blue Spruce awards. Her first novel, The View From a Kite was published by Nimbus/Vagrant in September 2006. Her most recent work, Lobster Fishing on the Sea, was published in the spring of 2010 by Nimbus. It was also published as an e-book, as Lobster Fishing on the Susan B, by the River John branch of the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library.Publications
Lobster Fishing on the Sea. Nimbus, May 2010.
The View From a Kite. Nimbus/Vagrant, September 2006.
Rainy Days with Bear. Illustrated by Leanne Franson. Lobster Press, 2004. ISBN 1-894222-85-7 .
"The Montreal Aunts." Christmas Family Treasures. Kacey Barron, Editor. Hugh Lauter Levin Associiates Inc., 2003. ISBN 0-88363-044-3.
"Homarus Americanus." Atlantica: Stories from the Maritimes and Newfoundland. Lesley Choyce, Editor. Goose Lane Editions, 2001. ISBN 0-8692-309-0.
Wild Cameron Women. Illustrated by Judith Christine Mills. Stoddart Kids, 2000. ISBN 0-77373-219-5.
Righteous Living.Turnstone Press, 1999. ISBN 0-8801-232-2.
"Throwing Off Trappings: A Good catch of stories from an island scribe". Atlantic Books Today. No. 26 (Fall 2000)
"Heading North", "Brain". Words Out There: Women Poets in Atlantic Canada. Jeanette Lynes, Editor. Roseway Publications, 1999. ISBN -89646-09-1.
"Homarus Americanus." Water Studies. Ian Colford. Editor. Pottersfield Press, 1998. ISBN 1-895900-12-3.