I was born August 12, 1948 in Bromborough, Cheshire, Great Britain and emigrated to Canada in 1952.

I graduated from Ridgemont High School, Ottawa  in 1967, got my Honours BA in Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo  in 1974, and an MA in Visual Arts at York University in 1979.



Faculty member since 2002, at Vermont College in the wonderful, low residency MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program:

Instructor in The Humber School of Writers correspondence program since 2007

Writer-in-residency at Queen's University, Fall of 2013.

From 1997 -- 2006, core-lecturer at Children's Literature New England’s annual summer institute. CLNE has trimmed down its programming, but still has plans for annual get-togethers:

One of two authors (Ken Oppel was the other) to appear with J.K. Rowling at the Sky Dome in Toronto, October, 2000.  There was an audience of 20,000. The event is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest reading in history.

Writer of a dozen radio dramas for CBC, and winner of a 1988 Actra Award for St. Anthony’s Man, adapted from my short story of the same name.

Writer of the lyrics for sixteen songs with composer Phil Balsam for the Jim Henson/CBC TV show, Fraggle Rock

Writer of the book and lyrics for the musical Mischief City with composer John Roby, for Toronto Young People’s Theatre, April-May, 1990. The musical, newly revised, was remounted at the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama in April 2009:

Writer and narrator of Once There Was Only Sky, a piece created for the percussion ensemble Nexus and The Toronto Children's Dance Theatre and produced by Chamber Concerts Canada at Young People's Theatre, December, 1989.

Writer of the book and libretto for the opera A Midwinter Night's Dream with composer Harry Somers. The piece was commissioned by the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus. The first performance was at The Toronto International  Children's Festival, 1988. It was subsequently recorded by CBC Radio. It was remounted in 2003 at the Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto, produced  by Soundstreams,  Canada

Writer of the theme song lyrics for the YTV shows: YTV Hits and YTV Rocks with composer, Phil Balsam

Writer of the text for the Christmas anthem, The Gist of Time, with composer  Eric Robertson. It was premiered by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

Writer of the lyrics and lead vocalist for the CD, A Boat out of Paper, recorded by The Suspects, 1997. As well as about forty songs for the band Louis the Dreamer, which morphed out of The Suspects.

Writer of the lyrics for the jazz song Entropy Means Nothing to Me, with composer John Roby. The song appears on the Lyne Tremblay CD Break ‘n Enter.

Writer of the lyrics for the song Somebody’s Got to Burn, with composer JW-Jones. The song appears on the JW-Jones CD BlueListed

Writer of lyrics for two songs on Tell Mamma's new CD, "She's Right." The songs were co-written with Franc Van Oort. Check out Tell Mamma:

Children’s book reviewer for the Toronto Globe and Mail from 1985 to 1988.

Writing instructor, from time to time, at The Banff School of Fine Arts, Red Deer College, St. Lawrence College, Algonquin College, University of Ottawa, the University of New Brunswick's Maritime Workshop, and Brigham Young’s Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Summer Workshop.

Instructor in visual arts at the University of Waterloo from 1974-1978 and at York University from 1978-1980

Writer-in-residence at the Perth and District Public Library, Perth, Ontario in 1988. I held the same position for a year at the Nepean Public Library, Nepean, Ontario in 1993

Writer-in-residence at the Osborne Collection, Toronto Public Library, 2007.

Children's book editor at Red Deer College Press from 1990-96

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