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TISH, a newsletter of Vancouver poetry, was published from 1961 to 1969. Edited by a number of poets including Frank Davey, the newsletter published poetry by, among others, George Bowering, F. Davey, David Dawson, Fred Wah, David McFadden and Gwendolyn MacEwen, as well as essays, reviews and short stories. Additional information about TISH and the TISH group of poets available in The Oxford companion to Canadian literature, 2nd ed., p. 1119.

Brown, Alan

Canadian translator. Literary editor of Canadian cultural periodical Here and Now, 1947. Winner of 1974 Canada Council Translation Prize.


A non-profit research organization founded in May 1973 to investigate all aspects of Canadian literature, publishing and culture. Originally staffed by English Department students from Glendon College and York University, the foundation operated out of Peterborough, Ontario, later moving to Victoria, British Columbia. CANLIT carried out a number of surveys relating to Canadian literature, for example, publishers' sales statistics, use in school English curricula, readership, etc., and published a number of books between 1974 and 1980 based on analyses of the surveys. Also published Paper phoenix : a history of book publishing in English Canada (1980). Peter Birdsall, Dolores Broten and Gail Donald, among others, have been active in the organization from its inception.

Rekai, Kati

Author and artist. Born in Budapest, Hungary, on October 20, 1921, Kati Rekai came to Canada by way of France in 1950.

Scantland, Anna Cecile

Canadian author and educator. Born in Saskatchewan in 1931. Moved with family to British Columbia in 1943. Educated at the University of British Columbia, University of Washington and Gonzaga University. Published works include Resignation; Canada, the franchise and universal suffrage; and Study of historical injustice to Japanese Canadians.

Bromige, David

Poet and author. Born in London, England in 1933. Moved to California from British Columbia in the 1960s. Member of the TISH group of Canadian West Coast poets. Biographical information available in Contemporary authors, new rev. ser., v. 16, p. 45.

Laing, Gertrude M.

Canadian educator. Born in Kent, England, in 1905 and came to Canada at an early age. One of ten Commissioners appointed to the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. Later appointed chairman of the Canada Council and Officer to the Order of Canada. Died in Calgary Alberta, December 18, 2005. Biographical information available in The Canadian who's who, 1992, p. 590. In 1963 the Canadian Privy Council on the recommendation of the Right Honourable L.B. Pearson, Prime Minister, appointed ten Commissioners "to inquire into and report upon the existing state of bilingualism and biculturalism in Canada and to recommend what steps should be taken to develop the Canadian Confederation on the basis of an equal partnership between the two founding races, taking into account the contribution made by the other ethnic groups to the cultural enrichment of Canada and the measures that should be taken to safeguard that contribution".

Gentleman, William D.

Agricultural specialist and cattle buyer William Donald Gentleman attended West of Scotland Agricultural College in Glasgow, Scotland, from 1920-1922. Married Dorothy Gentleman in 1928 with whom he had four children. Settled in Lethbridge, Alberta, in 1943 when he accepted a position at the Lethbridge Research Station. Manager of Burns & Co. in 1946. Died suddenly on December 22, 1950.

Van Allen, Will

British comedian and musician whose real name was William Dodd. Born in Birmingham, England; moved to the United States as a child. Performed in music halls in Australia, New Zealand, North America, South Africa and Europe. Known as "The Musical Tramp", he had a music shop at 61 Charing Cross, London, between about 1910-1930, and gave banjo-ukelele lessons from 38 Newington Butts, London, in the early 1900's.

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