Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson

Margaret Atwood is an internationally celebrated poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist.

Graeme Gibson is an author and conservationist. He has written four novels, a book of interviews and two miscellanies, The Bedside Book of Birds and its companion The Bedside Book of Beasts.

Gibson was founder and chair of The Writers' Union of Canada, founder and chair of the Book & Periodical Council, chair of the Writers' Development Trust, and president of PEN Canada. A long time conservationist, he is joint honorary president, with Margaret Atwood, of BirdLife International’s Rare Bird Club, and chair of the Pelee Island Bird Observatory.

Atwood has won numerous awards for her work, including the Booker Prize and the Governor General’s Award. She is a co-founder of the Writer’s Development Trust and is currently a vice-president of PEN International.


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