Eatonia SK S0L 0Y0
- Born in Eatonia in 1927, where he completed high school with the intention of attending University. After one term at the U.of S, he was forced by a family crisis to return home where he became the postmaster of Eatonia ( 33 years.) He Earned a B.G.S degree from Athabasca University in English and History in 1991 and has been writing, editing and self-publishing ever since.
Genres are non-fiction, creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry and op-ed.
His first work of exhaustively researched history was SAND CASTLES, centered on the ghost town of Estuary. It was digitized by two universities.
His first work of creative non-fiction was A GOLD CUFFLINK AND A RED DRESS. In it he wrote of field and documentary research in his lonely search for the sites of the Chesterield Houses, fur trading posts near the confluence of the Red Deer and South Saskatchewan. In writing this book, he also tells of becoming a diviner and a finder of lost graves.
His first book of Poetry was AS INSTANT AS MY WISH. His poems have been read over CBC Radio and by the University of Lethbridge
There have been many smaller books of historical significance, as well as newspaper columns written over the past 16 years. He has also contributed articles to the Western Producer, StarPhoenix, Saskatchewan History, Folklore and Canadian Stories.
At present he is a columnist for Battlefords Publishing and the Wolesley Bulletin and is also the unofficial archivist and curator of Eatonia Heritage Park.
His first novel, AN ENGLISHMANS DAUGHTER, was published in 2010.
(Bill says,"Ilike doing readings, but my ability to do so is limited. I restrict my driving. It is too difficult for me to cope with night driving, snowy roads or heavy traffic.
In February of 2011, shingles virus attacked my head and right eye. Although my vision was saved, I still experience pain ranging from mild to severe. I was forced to stop research for a second novel, but expect to return to it soon.)
Audience Age Groups
- Secondary School (10-12)
- Middle School (6-9)