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Robert J.M. Shipley


Robert J.M. Shipley grew up in southern Ontario. He studied at University of Western Ontario and travelled before becoming an officer, first in the army then the navy. During four years, he served on the prairies, both coasts and at sea. As a freelancer in the 1970s, he wrote for the Toronto newspapers and regional dailies. Historical drama workshops took him to schools throughout Ontario. Living for 10 years in Niagara, he wrote corporate and community histories, political speeches, planning studies, tourist promotions and worked at editing. His first history, poetry and children's books appeared in the late 1980s. In 1990, he returned to university at Waterloo where he lectures while completing a Ph.D. In 1992, he travelled to China to research his latest book.

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On Leaving Bai Di Cheng: The Culture of the Yangtze Gorges. Toronto: NC Press, 1993.
To Mark Our Place: A History of Canadian War Memorials. Toronto: NC Press, 1987.
St. Catherine's: Garden on the Canal. Burlington, ON: Windsor Publications, 1987.
The Girl Who Got Stuck in the Mud. London, ON: Moonstone Press, 1987.
Relationships. London, ON: Moonstone Press, 1984.


First place, Houston, Texas Film Festival, for video script, 1991.
Canada Council Award.
Several Ontario writer's support awards.