Member Profile

Ann Walsh

Photo: Mike Watkins 1989

Ann Walsh is a longtime Cariboo (Central BC) resident. 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 YA readers, and has done many readings and workshops for all ages. Ann’s work for adults has been heard on CBC and has appeared in magazines, both literary and glossy, around the world. Her latest YA novel, Whatever, deals with Restorative Justice and was short listed for The Bolen Book Price and The Chocolate Lily.
 

E-mail: c/o Writers' Union of Canada
Phone number:
250-392-5762

Publications

SHABASH!. Toronto, Dundurn Press, 1994.
Across the Stillness. Victoria, BC: Porcépic, 1992.
The Ghost of Soda Creek. Toronto, Dundurn Press, 1990.
Moses, Me and Murder: A Story of the Cariboo Gold Rush. Toronto, Dundurn Press, 2013
Your Time, My Time. Toronto, Dundurn Press, 19
The Doctor's Apprentice. Toronto, Dundurn Press, 1998
Winds Through Time (editor). Dundurn/Beach Holme, 1998
Beginnings, Stories of Canada's Past. Ronsdale Press, 2001
By The Skin of His Teeth. Dundurn/Beach Holme, 2004
Dark Times (editor). Ronsdale Press, 2005
Flower Power. Orca Books, 2005
Horse Power. Orca Books, 2007
Forestry A-Z. Orca Books, 2008
Whatever. Vancouver, Ronsdale Press, 2013

Awards

Shortlisted, Silver Birch Award for SHABASH!, 1996.
"Notable" selection by the Canadian Library Association for The Ghost of Soda Creek, 1990.
Shortlisted, Geoffrey Bilson Award, for Historical Fiction for Moses, Me and Murder, 1989.
Shortlisted, YA Novel Award (Saskatchewan Library Association) for Your Time, My Time, 1984.
Golden Oak (shortlist) for Beginnings, Stories of Canada's Past, 2005
Chocolate Lily nomination for Flower Power, 2006
Canadian Children's Book Centre for all titles, including anthologies which were instigated, compiled and edited by Ann Walsh, 1984-present
Geoffrey Bilson Award nomination for The Doctor's Apprentice, 1999
Shelia Egoff Award finalist (BC Book Prizes) for The Doctor's Apprentice, 1999
Best of 2007 List (Resource Links) for Horse Power, 2007
Resource Links Best of 2007 List for 2007, Horse Power
Chocolate Lily nomination; runner-up Bolen Book Prize for Whatever, 2014
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

Ann has been doing workshops and readings for Grades 5 to adult for more than 20 years. She loves traveling, and is willing to gear her presentations to the needs and requests of a particular school or classroom, depending on which of her titles are in use. Her presentations are a mixture of story telling, historical background and readings from her novels. The sessions are fast paced and entertaining, as well as informative.

As one teacher commented after Ann visited her school, "You made history come alive for my students."

Presentation Length:
45-60 min.
Genre:
Fiction & Non-Fiction
Grades:
4-12
Audience size:
75
Workshop Description:

All aspects of writing and being a writer, from plot to perseverance, as requested. Fees for workshops to be negotiated. Please contact the author.

Northern OAC WITS:
No
One session:
$300
Two sessions:
$600
GST:
GST not applicable