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Caroline Balderston Parry

Caroline Balderston Parry

Photo: Bonnie Stone

Caroline Balderston Parry grew up as a part of an inter-racial, inter-religious community in Pennsylvania. She wrote poetry, was an intense student, and travelled around the world, marrying an Englishman en route. A Canadian citizen since 1985, and widowed since 1995, she has also lived in India, Israel, and England, singing wherever she goes! Writing has always been integral to the process of enjoying her life. In addition, she loves libraries and researching the roots of almost anything --ask her about Maypoles, for a start. And when her flair for words needs a rest, she creates soul-fulfilling visual collages.
Her two main non-fiction books [see list below], written for young people and adults, are part of a wide variety of publications, from CBC Radio features to newspaper columns for children to Quaker and Unitarian essays; from a “Canadian Living” spring foods article to a bio of Lucy Maud Montgomery for the Bantam/Seal paperback editions of LMM’s novels.

Caroline is also a teacher, who trained for and taught primary school in Yorkshire before emigrating to Victoria, British Columbia in 1973. After many years of parenting, teaching nursery school and adult peer counseling, and sessional work as an “Artist in Education” in many Ontario schools, Caroline is now a professional Director of Religious Education for the Unitarian Church of Montreal. Her other work roles have included: administering a medieval theatre group, folksinger/storyteller/performer, co-organizer/creator of many festivals/events, consultant to Houghton Mifflin, and conference speaker.

She is available for readings and workshops in both the Montreal and Ottawa areas.



Eleanora's Diary: 1835. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1994.
A Rhyme for Me: A Poetry Big Book. editor. Houghton Mifflin, 1992.
Zoomerang A Boomerang: Poems to Make Your Belly Laugh. editor. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1991.
Let's Celebrate Canada's Special Days. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1987.


Children's Literature Roundtables Information Book Award, 1988.
IODE Book Award, 1987.
OAC grants, 1982, 1992.
Hull College of Education, Yorkshire, major essay prize, 1971.
Briggs Travelling Fellowship, Radcliffe College, 1966.
Ottawa YWCA “Women of Distinction” nomination, 2006
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

1. Overview of current season's holidays and celebrations, or in depth presentation of one in particular, e.g. May Day, with music, verse and story, can include group dance/game activities, as age appropriate

2.. Story of Eleanora's Diary with visuals and assorted historical artifacts [not suitable for Gr 2 or younger]

3. Our Life Journeys, as age appropriate

Presentation Length:
60 min.
Audience Size:
Workshop Description:

Playing with Words, Stories and Songs --language arts fun, as age appropriate

Eleanora;s Diary and Journal Keeping

"I Am From..." poetry and diversity workshop