Donna Morrissey

Donna Morrisey was born and raised in The Beaches, Newfoundland. She finished her Bachelor of Social Work at Memorial University where she studied. After she graduated, Morrissey worked as a social worker for a year and a half. Realizing that social work wasn’t her passion, Morrissey decided to complete a diploma in adult education. It is there, that Morrissey’s instructor took notice of Morrissey’s writing potential. The Canadian writer has received awards in Canada, the US, and England and is the author of six nationally bestselling novels. Kit’s Law, one of Morrissey’s best-selling, award winning novels has been translated into Japanese, German, and Dutch. It is also the winner of the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award, the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, and the American Library Association Alex Award. Downhill Chance, her second novel, won the 2003 Thomas Head Raddall Award for Fiction. Morrissey has also won the Atlantic Film Scriptwriting Competition two years in a row. Clothesline Patch, one of the winning scripts, was filmed and aired on CBC. It was also nominated for two Geminis Awards, Best Writing in a Dramatic Series, and won Best Production. After living in multiple places in Canada, she now resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Welcome

Established by the Honourable Myra Freeman in 2005, the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award recognizes excellence in all creative media and highlights works that have a strong connection to Nova Scotia in the context of national and international achievement.

The Masterworks Arts Award is the largest cultural award based in Nova Scotia, with up to $37,000 awarded annually. The Creators of up to five Finalist works receive $3,000, and the Creator(s) of one Winning work receive an additional $22,000, for a total of $25,000.

The Award is managed by the Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation.

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