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|Title: ||Quest for Quesalid: Myth-Making and Rationality in the Initiation of a Shaman in Georganta et.al. (eds.), The Apothecary’s Chest: Magic, Art and Medication|
|Authors: ||Whitehead, Harry|
|Issue Date: ||2009|
|Publisher: ||Cambridge: CSP|
|Description: ||Harry Whitehead is a novelist and lectures in creative writing at the University of Leicester.
Born in London, he grew up in the home his mother founded and ran for disturbed children. He spent his early twenties in the Far East before coming back to do a degree in anthropology at Sussex and then an MSc in medical anthropology at University College London. He worked for many years in the film business as a location scout and manager. At the same time, he studied for an MA in creative writing at Birkbeck and then a PhD at Lancaster University, teaching and writing when he could.
Harry has published poetry, short stories, articles and essays. His first novel, The Cannibal Spirit (Penguin Canada), is a fictionalization of the true story of, George Hunt, a native Canadian man who was tried for cannibalism in 1900 in Vancouver. The product of some fifteen years of historical and ethnographic research, the novel went through various manifestations as academic article, biography, film script and theatre play before coalescing into its final form. Harry is currently at work on his second novel, about a film location scout who is given the brief to find ‘nowhere’ and enough rope to hang himself if he fails.|
|Appears in Collections:||Grassroutes Collection|
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