BANYARD, Antonia




Author Tags: Kidlit & Young Adult

Born in South Africa, Antonia Banyard emigrated from Zambia when she was four. She grew up mainly in Nelson and now lives in Vancouver where she became a member of the Seven Sisters Writing Group. She has a MPhil (CW) from the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Aus) and a BA (CW) from the University of Victoria (BC). In 1999, she attended the Writing Studio at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her work has appeared in Canadian journals such as Grain, The Capilano Review, PRISM International, and The Antigonish Review as well as Australian, British and American journals. Dangerous Crossings (Annick $9.95) is her collection of ten true stories of harrowing journeys and escapes from an 18th century upper-class Peruvian woman who gets stranded with her companions on the Amazon River to a teenager who crosses war-torn Germany in search of his family. With her writers' group, the Seven Sisters, she has published two anthologies.

Her first novel Never Going Back (Thistledown 2010) is about former high school friends who are reunited, after ten years, in their hometown of Nelson, B.C. for a memorial gathering to mark the anniversary of their friend Kristy's suicide.

DATE OF BIRTH: 04 November 1969

PLACE OF BIRTH: Marionnhill Mission, South Africa

ARRIVAL IN CANADA: 1974

ARRIVAL IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: 1974

ANCESTRAL BACKGROUND: British

EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Book publishing and graphic design

BOOKS:

Lady Driven: More Writing by the Seven Sisters Writing Group (Seven Sisters Writing Group, 2000). Contributor.
Dangerous Crossings (Annick, 2007) 978-1554510863True Stories from the Edge series
Never Going Back (Thistledown 2010). $16.95 978-1-897235-69-0
Eat Up! An infographic Exploration of Food (Annick 2017) co-writer, Paula Ayer; art by Bell Wuthrich $14.95 978-1-55451-883-8

[BCBW 2017] "Kidlit"