McGrath newest Compass columnist
The Compass is pleased to welcome writer and outdoor enthusiast Darrin McGrath as its newest regular columnist.
McGrath’s bi-weekly column is called Copper Kettle and is debuting on Page 5 of this week’s edition.
McGrath lives in his cabin at Mahars,where he’s one of only 20 year-round residents, making him the ideal candidate to write an outdoor column.
He is the author of eight books including The Newfoundland Coyote and Moose Country. He writes for magazines such as Outdoor Canada, Canadian Wildlife and American Beagler. He won a Gold Medal at the 2007 National Magazine Awards.
His columns have appeared in The Shoreline newspaper, which covers Conception Bay South, for the past two years, and he’s also written sporadically for other Newfoundland newspapers and magazines.
McGrath is a member of Beagle Paws, a group dedicated to the proper treatment of hunting dogs and finding homes for Beagles that are no longer wanted by their owners. He is the proud owner of two Beagles.
The 44-year-old grew up in St. John’s and his late father, Patrick McGrath, came from Colliers. He has a masters degree in sociology, and completed a thesis on big game poaching in Newfoundland in 1992. It was this work that sparked his love of writing.
“I do enjoy talking to people and telling their stories,” said McGrath.
He also has a bachelor of arts in sociology and history. When he’s not enjoying the great outdoors, he works at LeDrew Lumber in Kelligrews.
Some might say he’s an overeducated geek, and you won’t get any argument from McGrath.
“ I’m overeducated beyohd my level of common sense,” he quipped.
Readers can expect McGrath to tackle a variety of issues, ranging from the controversial long gun registry to coyote predation on the caribou, and he invites fellow outdoor enthusiasts to pitch ideas.
He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com, or by calling 709-690-6790.
Photo by Terry Roberts/The Compass Darrin McGrath debuts this week as the newest columnist in The Compass.