Wilson, Budge (Marjorie)

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Wilson, Budge (Marjorie)

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Budge Wilson is best known as an author of children's books. She was born in 1927 to Mr. Justice Maynard Brown and Helen MacGregor Archibald in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She graduated from Dalhousie with a BA in philosophy and psychology before completing a Diploma in Education in 1953. From 1949-1951 she pursued graduate studies in English at the University of Toronto. In 1953 she married her Dalhousie sweetheart, Alan Wilson, with whom she had two daughters: Glynis Marie and Andrea Kathryn. The couple lived for 33 years in Peterborough, Ontario, where Alan was a professor at Trent University. When he retired in 1989 the Wilsons returned to Nova Scotia’s South Shore.

From 1951-1952 Wilson taught English and art at the Halifax Ladies’ College (now Armbrae Academy); from 1953-1957 she worked at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Child Study doing filing, then editing and art work. She was also employed at the Toronto Public Library in 1954 and at Acadia University nursery school from 1956-1957. In 1968 she returned to teaching with the Peterborough County Board of Education and joined the Young Women’s Association as a fitness instructor.

Budge Wilson's first book appeared in 1984 and she has since published 33 more, with 27 foreign editions in 14 languages, some of which have been adapted for radio and television. Her short stories have also been published in anthologies, Braille, and as audio books. She gives regular readings, talks and workshops in libraries, schools and universities throughout Canada.

Her work has drawn both popular and critical acclaim. She has received 19 "Our Choice" awards from the Canadian Children's Book Centre; the City of Dartmouth Book Award; the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Award; the Marianna Dempster Award; the Ann Connor Brimer Award; and the Lilla Stirling Award. Her book, The Leaving, was short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, Canada-Caribbean Region, and was also featured on the American Library Association's 1994 list of "The 75 best children's books of the last 25 years." Wilson was awarded the Halifax Mayor’s Award for Cultural Achievement in Literature in 2003 and she received the Order of Canada in 2004. In 2008 she won the Dalhousie University Alumni Achievement Award and received honorary doctorates from Dalhousie University in 2010 and Mount Saint Vincent University in 2012. Wilson was made a member of the Order of Nova Scotia in 2011.

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