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Charlotte Cameron, playwright

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 Bonner. 

  • 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 in 2001.

  • No 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.

In 2013, 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 Society.

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