Darrell Duke was born at Placentia, Newfoundland in 1970 to Gerry and Shirley Duke. He was raised in Freshwater, Placentia Bay. He has spent most of his life as a singer and musician, and has been a photographer, playwright and journalist.
An Irish tale of Leaving is Darrell’s fourth book and will also be available in electronic format. His first published work, If You Look Closely, You’ll See, was published by Byrnt Books in 1999. His second book, When We Worked Hard: Tickle Cove, Newfoundland, was published by Flanker Press in 2007. His book, Thursday’s Storm: The August Gale of 1927, was published by Flanker Press in 2013 and is also available as an e-book.
His last two books were acquired by the Cultural Connections Resource Acquisitions’ Program in the Newfoundland and Labrador school system respectively in 2008 and 2014. Thursday’s Storm was also attained by the University of Maine, the University of Toronto, and is an e-resource book at Cumberland Libraries, Nova Scotia.
Darrell is currently working on his third studio album of original songs. He is also completing a children’s book of short stories called The Adventures of Crunch and Munch, as well as a novel recounting events of the 1941-42 saga at Argentia and Marquise, Newfoundland, when the American Government expropriated both towns for the purpose of setting up a base in defense of Hitler’s advancing navy.
Darrell currently lives in Clarenville, Newfoundland with his wife, Lori, and daughters, Emma and Jessica. He is also the proud Poppy of Carter, his two-year-old grandson (Kayla and Steve Brewer).