Robert Ward
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Robert Ward is a writer and traveller with a special interest in pilgrimages. He is the author of Virgin Trails (Key Porter, 2002), an agnostic’s guide to the history and worship of the Virgin Mary; and All the Good Pilgrims (Thomas Allen, 2007), a lighthearted account of his several walks on the Camino de Santiago pilgrim road.

Robert’s freelance travel articles have appeared in newspapers including The Globe and Mail, The LA Times and The Chicago Tribune. His short stories and essays have been featured in such Canadian literary journals as Queen’s Quarterly. He studied at the University of Toronto (BA, English Lit, Religious Studies, Italian) and the University of Western Ontario (MA, English Lit), and taught English for several years in Japan.

Robert lives in Toronto with his wife, Michiko. Upcoming projects include essays on literary pilgrimages and a walk along Italy's Via Francigena, the medieval road from northern Europe to Rome.

More About Robert

  • Born in Toronto, 1962; hopes to die elsewhere
  • First overseas trip: Eurailing from Ireland to Italy (courtesy the Ontario Student Assistance Program)
  • MA thesis: The Novels of Salman Rushdie (pre-fatwa)
  • Met his Japanese wife in Italy; married in a Greek restaurant
  • Claims to speak five languages
  • Does his best writing in coffee shops; his worst, too

 

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