February 1, 2017
Coffee 10am | Conversation 10:30am
Vancouver Academy of Music
"These poems are brilliant. They gleam with Bill Richardson's wit and deep humanity. It’s a collection of silly verse, profound insights, and deeply moving passages that will make you smile."
Bill Richardson is a writer and broadcaster. He worked for many years for CBC Radio 1 and 2, producing and/or hosting such programs as Richardson’s Roundup, Bunny Watson, and Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. His books include a collection of poems about the dubious joys of ageing, The First Little Bastard to Call me Gramps, as well as Bachelor Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast, Waiting for Gertrude, and Scorned and Beloved: Dead of Winter Meetings with Canadian Eccentrics. For children, he has written novels and picture books. With Veda Hille and Ami Gladstone, he wrote “Do You Want What I Have Got: A Craigslist Cantata,” which was produced in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Ottawa.
He has been the recipient of the Leacock Medal for Humour, a National Magazine Award for fiction, various New York Festival prizes for radio documentaries, a Jessie Richardson (no relation!) award, and the Silver Birch Children’s Choice Award in Ontario for his novel After Hamelin. He lives in Vancouver and in Holmfield, Manitoba.