Paarl, South Africa
|Occupation||journalist, short story writer, playwright|
|Notable works||The Bonus Deal|
Archie Crail (born 1944 in Paarl, South Africa) is a South African-Canadian writer. He was a shortlisted nominee for the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction at the 1992 Governor General's Awards for his short story collection The Bonus Deal.
A coloured South African of Khoisan descent, Crail was born and raised in Paarl. Educated at the University of South Africa, he was an anti-apartheid activist with the African National Congress, and studied theology under Desmond Tutu. He later spent several years living in South-West Africa, continuing his political activism with SWAPO, and briefly moved to Botswana before moving to Canada in 1980. He initially resided in Toronto, but a series of suspicious events during this time led him to believe that the apartheid government of South Africa was continuing to target him for attack or assassination.
His first work, a theatrical play titled Exile, won the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild literary competition in 1989 and was produced by Saskatoon's 25th Street Theatre in 1990. A touring production of Exile was later mounted in South Africa.
- Exile (1990)
- The Bonus Deal (1992)
- "Can't feel safe, even in Saskatchewan". Windsor Star, February 3, 1995.
- "Ondaatje leads top literary nominees". Financial Post, November 7, 1992.
- "The essence of politics; Relocated in Regina, South African writer explores his roots". Edmonton Journal, June 21, 1992.
- Heather Hodgson, Saskatchewan Writers: Lives Past and Present. University of Regina Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0889771635. p. 63.
- "A spinner of complex but sturdy prose". The Globe and Mail, November 28, 1992.
- "Writers pick up $4,800 in prizes". The Globe and Mail, June 7, 1989.
- 25th Street Theatre Centre at The Canadian Encyclopedia.
- Claire Rothman, "South African emigre shows lives at breaking point". The Gazette, December 5, 1992.