Barbara Nickel writes for adults and young people. Her third collection of poetry, Essential Tremor, was released in April 2021. Her first collection, The Gladys Elegies, won the Pat Lowther Award and her second, Domain, was a Quill & Quire Best Book of the Year. Her poetry has appeared in many publications including The Walrus, Poetry Ireland Review, and Best Canadian Poetry 2021. Nickel is also an award-winning author of books for young people; her children’s novel, Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach, won the BC/Yukon Book Prize Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. A picture book, A Boy Asked the Wind, was shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award. Dear Peter, Dear Ulla, a middle-grade novel, was released in the fall of 2021. Barbara grew up in Saskatchewan and now lives in Yarrow, BC, on the Stó:lo territory of the Pilalt and Ts’elxwéyeqw.
Reading of poems from collections and new work followed by Q & A if applicable.
Poetry workshops with hands-on writing activities adapted to appropriate levels and age-groups.
Readings and interactive activities from children's novels, poetry and picture book, as well as Q & A on the writing and editing process adapted to appropriate levels and age groups. Poetry workshops for classroom-size groups also available.