THE LADY FROM KENT, by Barbara Nichol, was written over a long period of time. First came a sketch, then a few verses. Then other verses came along. Nichol finished it on the coast of BC in the back kitchen of a house on Savary Island. Alone, she saw deer pass by. Unafraid. They would stop and graze. Nichol covered the old green wood kitchen table with post-it notes, each representing a verse, moving verses back and forth, around and around on the table, putting the poem together like a puzzle. It sometimes seemed impossible to get it right. She burned to tell the Lady's story: to make people understand this intrepid, confident being. She seemed a person who would not take on the opinions of the culture: what a person is allowed to do or not do, about limitations, and about conventional standards of beauty.
About the Author
Barbara Nichol has written nine children's books, is an essayist, dramatist for radio and television, comedy writer, songwriter, and, for many years, a documentarian for the CBC program, Ideas. The Home For Blind Women (a work of fiction), a short film authored by Nichol, won Genie and Golden Spire for Best Short Film awards.
Barbara has twice been nominated for a Juno award, winning one for her platinum recording "Beethoven Lives Upstairs." She has been a finalist for the Emmy Award for her special "Basil Hears a Noise" for Sesame Street and a Governor General's award for her book "Dippers." Barbara was a founding editor of The Walrus magazine.
Other Books By Barbara Nichol
Beethoven Lives Upstairs
Safe and Sound
One Small Garden
Biscuits in the Cupboard
Trunks All Aboard: An Elephant ABC
Tales of Don Quixote
Tales of Don Quixote, Book Two
Bill Pechet received degrees in Geography and Visual Arts from the University of Victoria, in 1979 and 1981 respectively, followed by a professional degree in Architecture in 1987 from the University of British Columbia School of Architecture. In addition to his leadership in the Pechet studio, Bill has been a lecturer-in-practice at the University of BC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture since 2000.
Beth Follett lives in St. John's NL and is the publisher of Pedlar Press. Her first novel, Tell It Slant, was published in 2001 by Coach House.
"Barbara Nichol is an original -- brilliant and entertaining. Her every page charms and entices. The Lady From Kent is a book to read and reread and then read again, to yourself or out loud, depending how generous you're feeling." -- Eleanor Wachtel, host, Writers and Company
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