Charlotte Cameron writes plays inspired by historical figures:
October Ferries to Gabriola (Fictive Press, 2017) is
based on the tempestuous life of British novelist Malcom Lowry and his
brief visit to Gabriola Island in 1946 with his second wife, Margerie
Running: The Alex Decoteau Story
(Fictive Press, 2014) recounts the tale of Alex Decoteau,
a Cree runner and Canada's first Aborigal policeman, who returned from the Stockholm Olympics in 1912 to a
hero’s welcome parade in Edmonton and died in 1917 running to deliver
messages between the trenches at the Battle of Paschendaele. Running
premiered at The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
Gun for Annie, the story of Annie Jackson, Canada’s first
policewoman, who joined the Edmonton Police Service in 1912,
premiered at The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival in 2000.
Stories and articles
Cameron’s novel, The Amaranthe, about the persecution of the
Cathars in France in the 13th century, was shortlisted for the Sixth
Alberta Writing for Youth Competition in 1994.
In 2013, Canada’s History (June/July issue) published “The
running warrior,” Cameron’s most recent article about Alex Decoteau.
Cameron’s book review of Little Comrades by Laurie Lewis appeared
in BC BookWorld (2012).
Other articles by Cameron have been published in The Edmonton Journal
(1994), Western Living Magazine (2004) and Legacy Magazine
(2004, 2005, 2006).
Cameron was invited to read an excerpt from her short story, The Big
Bad Wolf, published in Other Voices (1993), at a gala
launch in the Scott Gallery in Edmonton. Another short story, Real
Cowboys, was published in Cumulus(1993). During her career
as a public-school teacher in Edmonton (1974-2004), she had several
articles about teaching published in The Bell, Book and Candor News.
Cameron worked with a team of three playwrights and three local mystery writers to create
a serial mystery entitled It Happened on Gertie to celebrate
the acquisition of Gabriola’s first fleet of buses, which now provide
public transportation on Gabriola Island.
Cameron is a member of The Federation of BC Writers, Writers Guild of
Alberta, AB Playwrights Network, Theatre Alberta, Canadian Society of
Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP) and the
Playwrights Guild of Canada. She is also a director on the board of the Poetry Gabriola