Tom Walmsley

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Tom Walmsley (born December 13, 1948 in Liverpool, England) is a Canadian playwright, novelist, poet and screenwriter. [1]

Liverpool City and Metropolitan borough in England

Liverpool is a city in North West England, with an estimated population of 491,500 within the Liverpool City Council local authority in 2017. Its metropolitan area is the fifth-largest in the UK, with a population of 2.24 million in 2011. The local authority is Liverpool City Council, the most populous local government district in the metropolitan county of Merseyside and the largest in the Liverpool City Region.


Born in Liverpool, Walmsley came to Canada with his family in 1952, and was raised in Oshawa, Ontario, and Lorraine, Quebec. [1] He dropped out of high school and battled addictions as a young adult. [1]

Oshawa City in Ontario, Canada

Oshawa is a city in Ontario, Canada, on the Lake Ontario shoreline. It lies in Southern Ontario, approximately 60 kilometres east of Downtown Toronto. It is commonly viewed as the eastern anchor of the Greater Toronto Area and of the Golden Horseshoe. It is the largest municipality in the Regional Municipality of Durham. The name Oshawa originates from the Ojibwa term aaz haway, meaning "the crossing place" or just "(a)cross".

Ontario Province of Canada

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Lorraine, Quebec City in Quebec, Canada

Lorraine is an affluent off-island suburb of Montreal, in southwestern Quebec, Canada on the north shore of the Rivière des Mille-Îles in the Thérèse-De Blainville Regional County Municipality. There are no industries and only a very limited commercial district ; almost all houses are of the detached type. Furthermore, a large portion of the town territory is set aside as wild forest ; some bike/ski trails run through it. The town is divided into two areas, Uptown and Downtown. These two areas are also delimited by Quebec freeway A-640, and are only joined together by the main street overpass.

In addition to his plays, Walmsley was the winner of the first Three-Day Novel Contest in 1979 for his novel Doctor Tin. He later published a sequel, Shades, and another unrelated novel, Kid Stuff. Walmsley wrote the screenplay for Jerry Ciccoritti's film Paris, France in 1993. [1] Ciccoritti also later adapted Walmsley's play Blood into a film.

The Three-Day Novel Contest is an annual Canadian literary contest conducted in September of each year. The contest, which is open to writers from anywhere in the world, gives entrants three days to write a novel. Writers are permitted to plan and outline their novel in advance, but the actual writing cannot begin until the contest's opening date, which is traditionally on Labour Day weekend.

Jerry Ciccoritti Canadian director

Jerry Ciccoritti is a Canadian film, television and theatre director. His ability to work in a number of genres and for many mediums has made him one of the most successful directors in the country.

Paris, France is a 1993 Canadian comedy-drama film directed by Jerry Ciccoritti and written by Tom Walmsley.

Walmsley's style of writing ranges from the naturalistic to the poetic and, at times, the absurd. He moves easily between dramatic and comedic, and some of his "darkest" work is treated with a cutting sense of humour. His most common themes include sex (both hetero- and homosexual, often involving sado-masochistic fetishes, adulterous affairs, and, in the case of Blood, incest), violence, addiction (to alcohol and heroin in particular), and God (from a Christian perspective). [2] He rarely deals with politics directly, although he openly displays a distaste for middle-class morality and social conservative interpretations of Christianity. [2]

Early in his career, Walmsley summarized his sense of personal identity as "blond, stocky, below average height, uncircumcised, bisexual, tattooed, with bad teeth and very large feet". [3]


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  1. 1 2 3 4 Tom Walmsley at the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia.
  2. 1 2 "Finding sobriety and God". The Globe and Mail , December 5, 1995.
  3. "White Boys 'a first' for Walmsley: Playwright says he has exorcised all of the violent demons within"]. The Globe and Mail , May 12, 1982.