An advocate for veterans, a photographer, a writer, a suffragist, an opera singer. Five remarkable women who pushed boundaries and made a difference at the turn of the twentieth century. But history then was about men, and no one wrote about these women. Their stories faded from memory and then disappeared for decades. Here now are those stories.
May Furlong — Advocate for Veterans Elsie Holloway — Photographer Lydia Campbell — Writer Armine Gosling — Suffragist Georgina Stirling — Opera Singer
Five biographies detailing the ambition, intelligence, compassion, and grit they all shared. The obstacles they overcame, the tragedies they endured, the incredible success they achieved. Discover how May Furlong, Elsie Holloway, Lydia Campbell, Armine Gosling, and Georgina Stirling pressed against the social norms of a century ago and helped change life and attitudes in Newfoundland and Labrador
About the authors
Susan Chalker Browne is an award-winning writer, journalist and teacher. Hey Freddy! Itâ??s Canadaâ??s Birthday is her eighth book for children. Her other books include Marconiâ??s Secret, The Amazing Adventures of Captain Bob Bartlett, At Oceanâ??s Edge, The Land of a Thousand Whales and her most recent, Freddyâ??s Day at the Races. Her books Thomas Doucet â?? Hero of Plaisance and Goodness Gracious, Gulliver Mulligan were each named Canadian Childrenâ??s Book Centre â??Our Choiceâ? selections.
Donna Morrissey was born in The Beaches, a small village on the northwest coast of Newfoundland that had neither roads nor electricity until the 1960s a place not unlike Haire’s Hollow, which she depicts in Kit’s Law. When she was sixteen, Morrissey left The Beaches and struck out across Canada, working odd jobs from bartending to cooking in oil rig camps to processing fish in fish plants. She went on to earn a degree in social work at Memorial University in St. Johns. It was not until she was in her late thirties that Morrissey began writing short stories, at the urging of a friend, a Jungian analyst, who insisted she was a writer. Eventually she adapted her first two stories into screenplays, which both went on to win the Atlantic Film Festival Award; one aired recently on CBC. Kit’s Law is Morrissey’s first novel, the winner of the Canadian Booksellers Association First-Time Author of the Year Award and shortlisted for many prizes, including the Atlantic Fiction Award and the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Morrissey lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.