Mansel Robinson lived in Saskatchewan for more than 20 years; nowadays he hangs his hat in a little cabin in northern Ontario, not far from his home town of Chapleau. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Concordia University, this unconventional artist has written short fiction and poetry (his anthology Slag was published in 1997). His voice has also been heard across Canada through his plays, which have been staged in Calgary, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal; three of them – Ghost Trains (Trains fantômes), Spitting Slag (Slague. L’histoire d’un mineur) and Two Rooms (II [deux]) – have been translated into French by Jean Marc Dalpé. Mansel has received numerous awards and was shortlisted for the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in Theatre for playwriting.