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Marjorie Simmins

Photo: Silver Donald Cameron 2017

Marjorie Simmins is the author of Coastal Lives (2014), a memoir about living on Canada’s East and West coasts, and Year of the Horse (2016), about her lifetime with horses. Both books were published by Pottersfield Press.

Her essay, “Trips from There to Here,” published in Saturday Night, won a Gold Medal at the 1994 National Magazine Awards. She also won a Gold Medal at the 2013 Atlantic Journalism Awards for the best Atlantic Magazine article, a profile on Sean Majumder.

Marjorie Simmins’ other writing includes articles, personal essays and book reviews. Her essays have appeared in numerous provincial and national magazines, including Canadian Living, Magazines Canada, Halifax Magazine, Progress, Atlantic Business and Saltscapes, and she has also published in newspapers from coast to coast, including the Halifax Chronicle Herald, Montreal Gazette, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun and the National Post, and in the Port Hawkesbury, NS community newspaper, The Reporter.

Simmins’ most recent anthology contributions are to: Aubade: Poetry and Prose from Nova Scotia Writers (2018); Cape Breton's Christmas Book 4 (2016) and Book 5 (2017); Nova Scotia Love Stories, published by Pottersfield Press, 2016; Salt Lines, published by Backalong Books, 2012; and to the bestseller, Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the Fifties, published by Guernica Editions, 2013.

A former commercial and sport fishing journalist on the West Coast, Marjorie Simmins has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of British Columbia and a Certificate in Adult Education from Dalhousie University. In 2011, she completed a Master of Arts, Research in memoir studies, at Mount Saint Vincent University. She lives and works in Nova Scotia and British Columbia, working as a freelance writer and memoir writing teacher. 

Simmins is also available as a keynote speaker and is known for her lively and amusing readings. Her areas of expertise include writing and women’s health, memoir writing, dogs, coastal lives, coastal fisheries, and the equestrian world. She is happy to tailor-make a speech for maximum entertainment and knowledge.

Simmins lives in Nova Scotia and British Columbia, with husband Silver Donald Cameron, author and filmmaker. 

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Coastal Lives: A Memoir. Pottersfield Press, 2014
Year of the Horse. Pottersfield Press, 2016


Gold Medal, National Magazine Awards, "One of Kind Journalism" for Saturday Night Magazine, 1993
Gold Medal, Atlantic Journalism Awards, Best Atlantic Canada Magazine Article for Progress Magazine, 2013
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