In 2014, the Association of Book Publishers of BC announced Ron Hatch and his Ronsdale Press imprint was the recipient of its annual Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award. Editor and publisher Ron Hatch is also an author.


In 1993, in response to a B.C. government decision to allow logging in two-thirds of the old growth forest in Clayoqout Sound, more than 12,000 people attended blockades on Vancouver Island, resulting in more than 850 arrests. It was the largest collective act of peaceful civil disobedience in Canadian history.

That summer of protest and its legal aftermath are the subjects for Clayoquot & Dissent (1994), edited by Ron Hatch, with essays by Tzeporah Berman, Maurice Gibbons, Gordon Brent Ingram, Christopher Hatch and Loÿs Maingon. These essayists reveal the lack of a scientific basis for forestry decisions, explain why Canada's forests continue to be destroyed, and propose alternatives for conservation. The first logging blockades in Canada had occurred in the same region, on Meares Island, in 1984.

Clayoquot blockades received world attention when the Australian rock group Midnight Oil gave a concert in the protestors' "peace camp."; But the logging company, Macmillan Bloedel (MB) in the short term, won the fight, with the support of the courts.

"The whole experience has deepened the sense of what we have to fight against,"; said Ron Hatch, a UBC professor. "We discovered during the trials that the RCMP had been giving information to Macmillan Bloedel on a daily basis. The police, wittingly or unwittingly, were aligning themselves with MB. At the same time, you begin to realize how much the court system is slanted towards the logging companies. We soon found ourselves fighting the courts instead of fighting MB. The courts took the heat off Macmillan Bloedel and the province paid for the process. By the time the sentencing was over, the process didn't satisfy anybody except Macmillan Bloedel. The judges were unhappy, the protestors were unhappy, and the general public was unhappy. The courts failed to understand that civil disobedience could be done, as Martin Luther King said, 'lovingly,' with respect for the law one is breaking.";

Hatch pleaded not guilty to criminal contempt and was sentenced to 20 days under electronic surveillance, 25 community hours and probation for the rest of the year. "On the day of my sentencing, I tried to be calm and logical. But I was really angry. We were never allowed to justify our actions. Given the sort of charge it is, the judges believe it's possible to infer your motives. At the time of our trial in Victoria, we flew over environmental planner Brent Ingram from UBC to speak about old growth forests. He's an internationally recognized expert but the judge decided he couldn't offer evidence. The only time we were allowed to say anything of substance was at our sentencing.";

UNESCO made Clayoquot Sound into a World Biosphere Reserve in 2000. First Nations timber companies now control licences for 90,000 hectares of its forest, including old-growth valleys.


According to the UBC English Department...

"Ronald Hatch completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 1969, with a dissertation on eighteenth century social history and the poetry of George Crabbe. Previously he had studied at the University of British Columbia, completing a double Honours degree in English and Philosophy and a Masters degree, with his thesis on the gothic literature of the eighteenth century. He joined the UBC English Department in 1969 as Assistant Professor and became Associate Professor in 1974. In 1979-80, he was Visiting Professor at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany. In 1989-90 he was Visiting Professor at the University of Erlangen/Nuremberg. And again in 1997, he was invited to be Visiting Professor at the University of Chemnitz, where he introduced a program in Canadian Studies.

"Dr. Hatch's teaching and research interests lie in eighteenth-century British Literature and in Canadian literature. He has published a book on George Crabbe (Crabbe's Arabesque: Social Drama in the Poetry of George Crabbe) and numerous articles on the literature of the eighteenth century. In Canadian literature he has published on the fiction of Mavis Gallant. He has supervised graduate students in the areas of eighteenth-century literature, Canadian literature and postcolonial literature. He regularly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in both the eighteenth century and Canadian literature.

"In 1990, Dr. Hatch became the publisher of Ronsdale Press, a literary press that publishes some eight to ten books each year, specializing in Canadian poetry, fiction, belles lettres and children's literature. He took over the press from Margaret Fridel when it was called Cacanadadada Press. As the publisher, he edits the work of many Canadian writers. Recently he prepared a collection of Marie-Claire Blais's short fiction in an English translation, and provided an introduction. He is also the editor of The Judge's Wife: Memoirs of a British Columbia Pioneer (2002), a memoir that covers the period from 1860 to 1906, and is one of the earliest memoirs by a woman in BC. He has co-translated a number of Korean poetry books, including the anthology Modern Korean Poetry, Sowol Kim's Fugitive Dreams, and Yong-un Han's Love's Silence. In his publishing capacity, he has also been responsible for the production of the annual English Department Sedgewick Lecture.

"He is a member of the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Northwest Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. He was formerly Secretary-Treasurer of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. He is also on the executive of the Association of BC Book Publishers and is a member of the Association of Canadian Publishers. He has a listing in Canada's Who's Who. Dr. Hatch has travelled and lectured extensively in Europe, in particular in France, Germany and Poland."

[UBC English Department, 2002]


(a) Authored

* Crabbe's Arabesque: Social Drama in the Poetry of George Crabbe (Montreal: McGill-Queen's Univ. Press, 1976), 284 pp.

(b) Edited

* Clayoquot & Dissent, edited by Ronald B. Hatch, Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 1994.

* Modern Korean Verse in Sijo Form, selected & translated by Jaihiun Kim, edited by Ronald B. Hatch, Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 1997.

* A Second Earth: Poems Selected and New by Harold Enrico, edited and with an Afterword by Ronald B. Hatch, Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 1997.

* Fugitive Dreams: Poems by Sowol Kim, selected and translated by Jaihiun Kim & Ronald B. Hatch, Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 1998.

* Love's Silence & Other Poems by Yong-Un Han, translated by Jaihiun Kim & Ronald B. Hatch with a foreword by Jaihiun Kim & Ronald B. Hatch, Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 1999.

* The Judge's Wife: Memoirs of a British Columbia Pioneer, edited by Ronald B. Hatch, introduction by Jean Barman, Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 2002.

(c) Chapters

* "Mavis Gallant and the Creation of Consciousness," in Present Tense, ed. John Moss, Toronto: NC P, 1985: 45-71.

* "Chinatown Ghosts in the White Empire, in Intercultural Studies: Fictions of Empire, Heidelberg: Universitôtsverlag C. Winter, 1996: 193-210.

* "Afterword" to Harold Enrico's A Second Earth: Poems Selected and New, Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 1997: 175-84.

* "The Clayoquot Show Trials" in Clayoquot & Dissent, Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 1994: 105-153.

* "W.J. Stankiewicz and the Examined Self," in Holding One's Time in Thought: The Political Philosophy of W.J. Stankiewicz, Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 1997: 281-300.

* "The Art of Marie-Claire Blais" - Introduction to The Exile & The Sacred Travellers, Vancouver: Ronsdale, 2000: vii-xviii.

* "Margaret Atwood, the Land, and Ecology," in Margaret Atwood: Works and Impact, ed. Reingard M. Nischik, Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2000: 168-189. Republished in paperback by Camden House & House of Anansi, 2002.


* "This Will Never Do," RES ns 21 (Feb. 1970): 56-62, Cited in R. D. Altick's The Art of Literary Research, rev. ed. (1975): 274-75.

* "George Crabbe, the Duke of Rutland and the Tories," RES ns 24 (Nov. 1973): 429-43.
Reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism, volume 121.

* "Heathcliff's 'Queer End' and Schopenhauer's Denial of the Will," Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 1 (Winter 1974): 49-64. Reprinted in Heathcliff, in the series "Major Literary Characters," edited by Harold Bloom, New York: Chelsea House, 1993: 92-105.

* "George Crabbe and the Tenth Muse," Eighteenth-Century Studies 7 (Spring 1974): 274-94.

* "David Hartley: Freewill and Mystical Associations," Mosaic 7 (Summer 1974): 29-39.

* "Joseph Priestley: An Addition to Hartley's Observations," Journal of History of Ideas 36 (July-Sept. 1975): 548-50.

* "'Philosophy' and 'Science,'" Notes and Queries ns 22 (Jan. 1975): 24-25.

* "George Crabbe and the Workhouses of the Suffolk Incorporations," Philological Quarterly (Summer 1975): 689-97. Reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism, volume 121.

* "William Smellie: Philosopher of Natural History," Studies in Scottish Literature 12 (Jan. 1975): 159-80.

* "The Three Stages of Mavis Gallant's Short Fiction," in The Canadian Fiction Magazine 28 (1978): 92-114. Reprinted in Short Story Criticism (Detroit: Gale, 1990).

* "Mavis Gallant: Returning Home," Atlantis 4.1 (Autumn 1978): 95-102.

* "Edith Wharton: A Forward Glance," in GRENA (Aix-en-Provence, 1981): 1-10 [Journal for American Studies in France].

* "Mavis Gallant and the Expatriate Character," in Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien 1 (1981): 133-42.

* "Poetry," in "Letters in Canada" for 1982 in University of Toronto Quarterly 52.4 (Summer 1983): 343-58 (with S. Djwa).

* "Poetry," in "Letters in Canada" for 1983 in University of Toronto Quarterly 53.4 (August 1984): 342-59 (with S. Djwa)

* "Poetry," in "Letters in Canada" for 1984 in University of Toronto Quarterly 54.4 (August 1985): 347-63.

* "Towards Transcendence: The Poetry of Ted Hughes, Margaret Atwood, and Judith Fitzgerald" in West Coast Review 19.4 (April 1985): 47-59.

* "Narrative Development in the Canadian Historical Novel," in Canadian Literature 110 (Fall 1986): 79-96.

* "Poetry," in "Letters in Canada" for 1985 in University of Toronto Quarterly 56.1 (Fall 1986): 29-45.

* "Beyond Permanence: The Poetry of J. Michael Yates and Robin Blaser," West Coast Review 20.4 (April 1986): 3-10.

* "Poetry," in "Letters in Canada" for 1986 in University of Toronto Quarterly 57.1 (Fall 1987): 33-50. Part of this has been reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism, ed. Daniel Marowski & Roger Matuz (Gale Research).

* "Poetry," in "Letters in Canada" for 1987 in University of Toronto Quarterly 58.1 (Fall 1988): 32-49. The section on Gwendolyn MacEwan's Afterworlds is reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism, ed. Daniel G. Marowski & Roger Matuz (Detroit: Gale, 1989).

* "Charles Churchill and the Poetry of 'Charter'd Freedom,'" in English Studies in Canada 15.3 (September 1989): 277-87.

* "Poetry," in "Letters in Canada" for 1988 in University of Toronto Quarterly, 59.1 (Fall 1989): 32-51.

* "Temporality, Narrative Irony and the Loss of Freedom in La Princesse de Cleves," in Transactions of the Northwest Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 8 (1989-1990): 1-11.

* "Mavis Gallant and the Fascism of Everyday Life," in the special "Mavis Gallant" issue of Essays on Canadian Writing, ed. E.D. Blodgett, 42 (Winter 1990): 9-56.

* "Change and the Concept of History in the Canadian Historical Novel," in Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 38 (Heft 1 1990): 49-57. Reprinted in Tensions Between North and South: Studies in Modern Commonwealth Literature and Culture, ed. Edith Mettke (Königshausen and Neumann: Würzburg, 1990): 19-27.

* "Poetry," in "Letters in Canada" for 1989 in University of Toronto Quarterly 60.1 (Fall 1990): 24-42.

* "Poetry," in "Letters in Canada" for 1990 in University of Toronto Quarterly 60.1 (Fall 1991): 50-69.

* "Lordship and Bondage: Women Novelists of the Eighteenth Century," in REAL 8 (1992): 231-242 [Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature].

* "Chinese Canadian Writing: The Silence of Gum San," in Multiculturalism in North America and Europe, Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 1995: 169-179.

* "A Self-Less Enlightenment: The Eighteenth-Century Theatre of Multiple Identity," in Critical Interfaces: Contributions in Philosophy, Literature and Culture in Honour of Herbert Grabes, ed. Gordon Collier et al. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2001.

[BCBW 2014]