Robert Corbett grew up in the west end of St. John’s with his parents, the late Patrick and Margaret Corbett, and his five brothers and four sisters. A graduate of Holy Cross School, he joined the St. John’s Fire Department in 1968. During his thirty-three years working as a firefighter, he spent fourteen years as president and chief negotiator of the St. John’s Fire Fighters Association and also served as president of the Atlantic Provinces Professional Fire Fighters Association for five years. He was awarded the Exemplary Service Medal with a Gold Bar for Fire Fighters and the Provincial Government Medal for Long Service. Upon his retirement in 2001, he had attained the rank of deputy fire chief (operations).
He also had a career from 1968 to 2005 in the Canadian Forces, and he was a musician with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Band. He has been awarded the Canadian Decoration with Clasp and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal with the rank of sergeant.
Robert is married to Mary (English); they have two daughters, Colleen Awalt (Harry) and Nicole Parsons (Gary), and three beautiful grandchildren, Paul Awalt and Rebecca and Aaron Parsons.
Flanker Press is a bright spark in the Newfoundland and Labrador publishing scene. As the province’s most active publisher of trade books, the company now averages twenty new titles per year, with a heavy emphasis on regional non-fiction and historical fiction.
The mission of Flanker Press is to provide a quality publishing service to the local and regional writing community and to actively promote its authors and their books in Canada and abroad.
Now located in Paradise, Flanker Press has grown from a part-time venture in 1994 to a business with eight full-time employees. In the fall of 2004, Flanker Press launched a new imprint, Pennywell Books. This imprint includes literary fiction, short stories, young adult fiction, and children’s books.
Flanker Press Ltd. PO Box 2522, Station C St. John's, NL A1C 6K1 Canada
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation for our publishing activities.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.