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Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Emily-Jane Hills Orford is a country writer, living just outside the tiny community of North Gower, Ontario, near the nation’s capital. With degrees in art history, music and Canadian studies, the retired music teacher enjoys the quiet nature of her country home and the inspiration of working at her antique Jane Austen-style spinet desk, feeling quite complete as she writes and stares out the large picture window at the birds and the forest. She writes in several genres, including creative nonfiction, memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction.

North Gower


Mr. Murray's Gun: The Piccadilly Street Series Book 4. 2020, Tell-Tale Publishing
Mrs. Murray's Home: The Piccadilly Street Series Book 3. 2020, Tell-Tale Publishing
Mrs. Murray's Hidden Treasure: The Piccadilly Street Series Book 2. 2019, Tell-Tale Publishing
Mrs. Murray's Ghost: The Piccadilly Street Series Book 1. 2018, Tell-Tale Publishing
Queen Mary's Daughter. 2018, Clean Reads
King Henry's Choice. 2019, Clean Reads


Winner of the 2019 N.N. Light’s Book Award for Queen Mary's Daughter, 2019
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

What makes a great Canadian? It must be something deeper, stronger, more profound than mere fame and fortune. Greatest is not measured in success, but rather in the humble means by which an individual does a job and does it well, sees a need and fulfills it, acts where action is required without being asked. These are the qualities that are so uniquely Canadian. Canada is full of stories. Its people make a fascinating history in the lives that they lived, in the stories they passed on to future generations. Listen to an award-winning author tell stories about extra-ordinary (not necessarily famous) Canadians and how she finds these stories and does her research.

Presentation Length:
1 hour
Canadian history
3 and up
Audience Size:
Workshop Description:

MEMORIES! We all have them! Happy, sad, funny: these memories are the story of life. After all, life is a story just waiting to be told.

Come and join award-winning North Gower author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford and learn some new ideas on how to unlock the stories in your life.

Remember: your stories are important. They need to be told; they need to be written down, not just for your sake, but for the sake of your children, your nieces and nephews, for all of those who will come after us.

Learn how to write your family stories, your stories to pass on to the next generation.