Don Hannah


Don Hannah lives in Lunenburg County. His novels, The Wise and Foolish Virgins (Thomas Raddall Nomination) and Ragged Islands (2008 Thomas Raddall winner) are published by Knopf Canada. His plays include The Wedding Script (Chalmers Award), Rubber Dolly, Running Far Back, The Wooden Hill (AT&T OnStage Award), and Fathers and Sons. Shoreline, a collection of his plays, is published by Simon and Pierre and is available through U of T Press. He has been writer in residence at the Tarragon Theatre, the Canadian Stage Company, the University of New Brunswick, for the Yukon Public Library Service, and at UBC’s Green College. He was the inaugural Lee Playwright in Residence at the University of Alberta where he wrote While We’re Young, recently published by Playwrights Canada Press. He has written two musicals with singer/songwriter David Sereda, Love Jive and Siren Song, both for the Tarragon Theatre. Facing South, his opera, with composer Linda Catlin Smith, premiered at the 2003 World Stage Festival. For five years he was the director of the Tarragon Young Playwrights Unit. As a dramaturge, he has worked at the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC), the National Theatre School, Vancouver’s Playwrights Theatre Centre, and the Banff Playwrights Colony. A founding member of PARC, he is also a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony. In 2008, he directed his play There is a Land of Pure Delight at Live Bait Theatre; his one man show The Woodcutter was produced in 2010 at the Working Title Festival in Edmonton. His second one person show, The Cave Painter was produced in 2011, and was awarded the 2012 Carol Bolt Award by the Playwrights Guild. Both one person shows are published by Playwrights Canada Press. His play Resident Aliens will premiere at TNB in 2023.


Representation (Theatre):
Michael Petrasek
Kensington Literary Representation

34 St Andrew St.
Toronto, ON M5T 1K6
416 848 9648


Winner of the 2008 Thomas Head Raddall Award for Atlantic Fiction’; ‘Ragged Islands’

Winner of the 2012 Carol Bolt Award fir Drama; ‘The Cave Painter’

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The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that each workshop’s participants share a level or range of writing / publication experience. This is to ensure each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their current writing priorities.

To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than two years and/or have not yet been published in any form.
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