Tag Archives: wrestling

“You have to earn an ending.”

I wrestled throughout high school and as a member of the University of Calgary Dinos. (57kg, if you can believe it). For my last book, Poets and Pahlevans: A Journey Into the Heart of Iran, I traveled to Iran to seek out the connection between Persian poetry and traditional wrestling. And I absolutely love this: […]

John Irving on Wrestling and Writing

The author John Irving was interviewed by Michael Enright on CBC Radio a few weeks back. He spoke about how his own career as a wrestler influenced his writing. Irving started to wrestle when he was an ill-tempered fourteen year-old. He told Enright that “you can’t lose your temper on a wrestling mat”, and that […]


I’ve been the Markin-Flanagan Writer-in-Residence at the University of Calgary since mid-August and I’ve had a fabulous and productive month. From my 11th floor office I managed to complete a handful of freelance pieces for magazines and, more importantly, another chapter in my Walls project. A first draft of my Ceuta and Melilla chapter is […]