Fonds 2019.12 - Ann Walsh fonds

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Ann Walsh fonds

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  • 1959-2018 (Creation)
    Walsh, Ann

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  • 1.5 m of textual records
  • 71 photographs
  • 5 audio cassettes
  • 2 video cassettes

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(September 20, 1942 - present)

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Ann Lorraine Walsh was born to Alan Barrett and Margaret Elaine (née Clemons) on September 20, 1942 and attended school in South Africa, England, Holland and Saskatchewan before her family finally settled down in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1953. She received her Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia in 1968 and soon thereafter moved to Williams Lake with her husband, John Walsh, where she worked in a variety of teaching positions including: classroom teacher, teacher-librarian, and college instructor at the former University College of the Cariboo (now Thompson Rivers University).

Ann Walsh had always wanted to write. She wrote her first book, Your Time, My Time, in 1982 after taking a short ten-day short writing course in Wells, B.C. with writer/poet Robin Skelton. Since then she has authored numerous books for children and young adults. Several of her historical fiction novels for younger readers are set during the gold rush in BC during the 1800s. She has also published a book of poetry, was the instigator and editor of three anthologies of short stories for young adult readers, and has done many readings and workshops for all ages. Walsh’s work for adults has been heard on CBC and has appeared in newspapers and magazines, both literary and glossy, around the world. She is a winner of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Award, the Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award, and was a Canadian Library Association Notable selection. She was also shortlisted for the Forest of Reading Silver Birch Award and the B.C. Book Prize.

Walsh is a member of the Writer’s Union of Canada (since 1990), the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (since 1986), the Federation of B.C. Writers (since 1984), Director Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (since 1990), The Children’s Writers & Illustrators of B.C. (since 1989) and is a founding member of the Williams Lake Writers Group (est. 1984).

Along with writing and teaching, Ms. Walsh was also a creative writing instructor at Island Mountain Arts in the summer of 1998; community correspondent for CBC Radio’s “Almanac” from 1992-1995 and served as convocation speaker for the University College of the Cariboo in 1994.

Ms. Walsh and her husband currently live in Victoria, BC.

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This fonds illustrates the writing career of Canadian author Ann Walsh. Types of records included in this fonds include: published and unpublished short stories, manuscripts, correspondence, grant applications, photographs, audio and video recordings, contracts, book reviews, plotting notes, speaking notes, promotional materials and workshop materials.

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    The following Ann Walsh publications, and books featuring Ann Walsh writings, are available in the Northern BC Archives & Special Collections' special collections holdings at UNBC Library:

    • Walsh, Ann, Whatever, Vancouver, BC, Ronsdale Press, 2013.
    • Walsh, Ann, Forestry A-Z, co-author Kathleen Cook-Waldron, Victoria, BC, Orca Book, 2008.
    • Walsh, Ann, Horse Power, Victoria, BC, Orca Books, 2007.
    • Walsh, Ann, Flower Power, Victoria, BC, Orca Books, 2005.
    • Walsh, Ann, Dark Times, Vancouver, BC, Ronsdale Press, 2005.
    • Walsh, Ann, By the Skin of His Teeth, Toronto, ON, Dundurn, 2007. (Victoria, BC, Beach Holme, 2004)
    • Walsh, Ann, The Doctor’s Apprentice, Toronto ON, Dundurn, 2007. (Victoria, BC, Beach Holme, 1998)
    • Walsh, Ann, Shabash! Toronto, ON, Dundurn, 2008. (Victoria, BC, Beach Holme, 1994)
    • Walsh, Ann, Across the Stillness: Poetry from the Cariboo, Victoria, BC, Press Porcepic, 1993.
    • Walsh, Ann, The Ghost of Soda Creek, Toronto, ON, Dundurn, Toronto, 2008. (Victoria, BC, Beach Holme, 1990)
    • Walsh, Ann, Moses, Me and Murder! (A Story of the Cariboo Gold Rush) Vancouver, BC, Pacific Educational Press, 1988.
    • Walsh, Ann, Your Time, My Time, Toronto, ON, Dundurn, 2008. (Victoria, BC, Press Porcepic, 1984)
    • Beginnings: Stories of Canada's Past edited by Ann Walsh, Vancouver, BC, Ronsdale Press, 2001.
    • Winds through Time: An Anthology of Canadian Historical Young Adult Fiction, edited by Ann Walsh, Victoria, BC, Beach Holme, 1998.
    • Heart of the Cariboo-Chilcotin: Three, edited by Karla Decker, Victoria, BC, Heritage House, 2008.
    • Forsythe, Mark & Greg Dickson, The Trail of 1858, Vancouver, BC, Harbour Publishing, 2008
    • Heart of the Cariboo Chilcotin: More Stories Worth Keeping, edited by Diana Wilson, Victoria, BC, Heritage, 2007.
    • radiant danse uv being: A Poetic Portrait of Bill Bissett, edited by Jeff Pew & Stephen Roxborough, Nightwood Editions, 2006.
    • Canadian Poems for Canadian Kids, edited by Jen Hamilton, Vancouver, BC, Subway Press, 2005.
    • British Columbia Almanac, edited by Mark Forsythe, Vancouver, BC, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2000The Blue Jean Collection, edited by Peter Carver, Saskatoon, SK, Thistledown, 1992.
    • Great Canadian Murders and Mysteries, edited by Don Bailey and Daile Unruh, Kingston, ON, Quarry Press, 1991.
    • The Skin of the Soul, edited by Lisa Tuttle, London, England, Women’s Press, 1990.
    • Solstice 2: The Truth and Fictions of Aging edited by A. Burke, published by Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, Issue 11 (1989)
    • Global Reading Safari: Reflections in Fiction, edited by James Barry. Nelson Canada Publishing, 1994.
    • Non Solo Con Il Rasoio: 17 Racconti Horror Scriti Da Donne, a cura di Lisa Tuttle. Milano: Arnoldo Mondadori Editrice, maggio 1994. Italian (Skin of the Soul)
    • Sielusi Hipiä, toimittanut Lisa Tuttle. Helsinki: Kääntöpiiri, 1993. Finnish. (Skin of the Soul)
    • Hexenmond: Frauen Schreiben Horror, ed. by Lisa Tuttle. Goldmann Verlag.; Deutsche EA. (1990). German (Skin of the Soul)
    • Skelton at Sixty, edited by Barbara E. Turner, Toronto, ON, Porcupine's Quill, 1987. – typed and signed inscription adhered to inside front cover
    • Quarry Magazine, vol.36, no.4, Kingston, ON (1987)
    • Prairie Fire: Canadian Magazine of New Writing, vol.19, no3, Winnipeg, MB (Fall 1998)
    • The Interior, vol. 1, no. 1, 100 Mile House Writers Workshop, 100 Mile House, BC (1988)
    • The Interior, vol. 2, no. 1, 100 Mile House Writers Workshop, 100 Mile House, BC

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