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Olga M. Dey-Bergmoser Thompson

Photo: Rev. C.L. Thompson

Olga M. Dey-Bergmoser Thompson was born in Holland, grew up in Germany and was a voracious reader with a keen interest in poetry, swimming, and languages. Trained as a multilingual translator, she did a lot of travelling and, in 1963, settled with her family in Toronto. Intrigued by the Arctic, they visited Povugnituk in 1964 and two German newspapers published her articles, thereby reinforcing her urge to write. In 1978, she graduated from the University of Toronto with an M.A. with A-standing. Following 25 years of full-time translation with the provincial government and freelance writing more than 50 articles, she is now writing on a full-time basis. She served as VIP hostess at the Montreal Olympics and travelled extensively in Scandinavia, Ireland, India, Mexico, Bolivia and Peru. She married Rev. C.L. Thompson, tenor and short story writer, in 1994.

Meanwhile Olga had several short stories published in different anthologies as well as several contributions to the Celebrations series published in the States being part of the PaulAndrewDawkins projects:

  • Notes to My Mother
  • Notes to My Father
  • Notes to My Pet

Olga also had a one-page contribution to the booklet Petros Martin: Embodying Spirit – 360 Art Gallery

The husband-and-wife team co-authored two children's books, i.e. CHARLIE ISBN# 978-0-9810048-0-8 and LITTLE JENNY AND HER PENNIES ISBN# 978-0-9810048-1-5.

City:
Etobicoke, Ontario
Province:
Ontario

Publications

Under the Spell of India. Cornwall, Ontario: Vesta Publications, 1978.
People. Toronto: Plowshare, 1981.
Come Read With Me. FGC Naji Naaman's Foundation,Jounieh,Lebanon, 1st edition - Feb. 2012
Many Faces, Many Spaces: Artists in Ontario. with K. Majumder, ed. Betty Coulter. Oakville, ON: Mosaic Press, 1988
More Faces, More Spaces: Artists in Canada. ed. Betty Coulter. Oakville, ON: Mosaic Press, 1991.
CHARLIE co-authored by Olga and her late husband. O. Hermine Thompson, 2008
LITTLE JENNY AND HER PENNIES co-authored by Olga and her late husband. O. Hermine Thompson, 2008
FOXY. Trimatrix Management Consulting Inc., 2017

Awards

The Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada for significant contribution to compatriots, community and Canada including books about Canadian immigrant artists, 1992
Honorary title of MEMBER OF MAISON NAAMAN POUR LA CULTURE for YA ALLAH in multilingual PRIX LITTERAIRES 2009 anthology, 2009
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description
  • reading of books
  • getting students involved
  • explaining how to get started, etc.
Workshop Description:
  • age-adapted guidance as to how to get started (genres, etc.)
  • for older students, where to submit, multiple submissions, pitfalls to avoid, etc.
  • THE JOY AND AGONY OF WRITING