Norma Dunning

Writer, scholar, researcher and grandmother

Congratulations to Norma for taking home the 2021 English-language fiction prize, 2021 Governor General’s Award for her short story collection Tainna: The Unseen Ones.

Dr. Norma Dunning is a ᐃᓄᒃ (Inuit) writer, scholar, researcher and grandmother. She is a professor at the University of Alberta. We have it on good authority that Norma has the most amazing laugh!

Dunning’s story collection, Tainna: The Unseen Ones, Short Stories (Douglas & Mcintyre), is nominated in the English-language fiction category.

She is no stranger to literary awards. In 2017, Annie Muktuk won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story and the bronze prize for short stories at the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. She says she’s attracted to the story form because “you have to write tight – every word matters, every sentence has to stand on its own. Writing in a way that forces every single comma, small or large word is having to write with precision.”

2022 Festival Sessions