Edward Riche was born in Botwood on The Bay of Exploits on the north east coast of the island of Newfoundland. He has lived most of his life in St. John’s.
He studied Chemistry at Memorial University for three years before entering the Film School at Concordia University in Montreal, graduating with Bachelor of Fine Art in Film Production.
Returning to St. John’s he worked for a time producing industrial and training films before turning his full attention to writing (and sometimes directing) for the page, stage, radio and screen. He has been occasionally obliged to perform, mercifully most often on radio.
Edward Riche was a co-creator of, and writer for the radio program “The Great Eastern”, for which he received the CBC Vice-President’s Award and a Writers Guild of Canada Award. In 1990 Mr. Riche received an Atlantic Journalism Award for the one-hour radio documentary “A Plane With One Wing” and a National Radio Award in 1989 for “The Book I Never Wrote”. His 2007 BBC commissioned and internationally aired radio drama “Early Newfoundland Errors” was a finalist for the 2007 Writers Guild Awards.
He is the author of the plays, “Possible Maps”, “List of Lights” and “To Be Loved”. His latest work for the stage, “Hail”, played to sold out houses and standing ovations at the LSPU Hall in May and June of 2011.
He wrote the screenplay for the feature film “Secret Nation” and was a story consultant for the television mini-series “The Boys of St. Vincent”. He was a co-writer on six episodes of CBC’s “Dooley Gardens”. He wrote two episodes of the Family series, “Life With Derek”.
Mr. Riche wrote eleven episodes of CBC Television’s “Made In Canada”, for which he received four Writers Guild of Canada Award nominations and three Gemini nominations. He received Writers Guild Awards for episodes of “Made In Canada” in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
His novel, “Rare Birds” was published by Doubleday in 1997. He wrote the Genie Award nominated screenplay for the 2001 film adaptation. A second novel, “The Nine Planets” was published by Penguin in August 2004. “The Nine Planets” topped the Globe and Mail’s Best Fiction List of 2004, was the winner of the 2004 Winterset Award for Newfoundland Fiction and the 2004 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Book Award for Best Novel.
House of Anansi published his latest novel, “Easy to Like” in September of 2011.
Mr. Riche has served as a story editor on documentary projects for CTV and The National Film Board of Canada.
His fiction and editorial pieces have appeared in The Globe & Mail, The Telegram, Canadian Screenwriter and The Walrus. Mr. Riche was a frequent contributor to CBC Radio’s “Talking Books”.
Mr. Riche is a past President of The Independent Film and Video Alliance of Canada and was a member of The Canadian Council on The Status of the Artist.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council named Mr. Riche Artist of The Year for 2004.
Edward Riche lives in St. John’s with his wife and daughter.