Matt Duggan

Matt Duggan was born in Alberta and grew up there and in Manitoba. After graduating from high school in Winnipeg, he alternated years of university study – four different universities in all – with years of work and travel.

He travelled throughout Europe, the Middle East and East Africa, and lived in London, England before coming to Toronto to get a teaching degree. His first teaching job was in Bhutan, where he taught high school English at a boarding school in a remote valley in the Eastern Himalaya Mountains. After two years in Bhutan, Matt travelled throughout India before returning to Toronto where he began teaching high school and completing a master’s degree in comparative education.

Matt has written three screenplays all of which were supported by the Harold Greenburg Fund. His screenplay Everything and Where it Went won the first ever Independent Film Channel Trailer Vision Contest. He has written articles for Saturday Night Magazine and numerous short stories, including “Semi-wilderness” which was published in Prairie Fire Magazine and was nominated in the short fiction category for both the Canadian National Magazine Awards and the Western Canadian Magazine Awards in 2004.

The Royal Woods, Matt’s novel for nine to twelve year olds, was published in the spring of 2007 by Key Porter Books. It’s his first attempt at writing fiction for kids, and was written for his daughter Mary June. She had little taste for fantasy, and wanted a story with some real world grit and adventure, with a few laughs along the way. Matt is currently working on a novel which is not for children because someone in it gets brutally murdered at a cottage.

Matt lives in Toronto with his wife Lisa and their two children, Chester and Mary June. He teaches English at Harbord Collegiate and writes in the basement.


Cherry Electra
An accused murderer professes innocence through a series of letters to his girlfriend who will testify against him.
(Key Porter Books, 2010)adult
The Royal Woods
Sydney and her brother Turk impulsively hop a train to their uncle’s farm, finding it has been replaced by a real estate development in progress.
(Key Porter Books, 2007)ages 8 – 10

Nominee, 2009 Silver Birch, Fiction
Ontario Library Association
Nominated, Moon Beam Children’s Books Awards, 2007,
Best First Novel

Agent: Marie Campell