Ian Weir is a stage and radio playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. Born in North Carolina, he was raised in Kamloops, and worked as a newspaper reporter before completing a BA in English at the University of B.C. and an MA in Medieval Literature at King’s College, London. Weir wrote plays for Western Canada Theatre Company in Kamloops that connect with the history of the city including Flyin’ Phil and The Mclean Boys (see entry on Phil Gaglardi and Donald Mclean) and the Award-wining The Idler in 1987.
Over the past fifteen years Ian has written extensively for television with more than 100 episodes for nearly two dozen series in Canada and the U.S., including Beachcombers, ReBoot, Flashpoint and Arctic Air. Awards include two Geminis, four Leos and a Writers’ Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award.
Ian lives in Langley, B.C. with his wife Jude and their daughter Amy (from Weir’s website and Small Cities interview).
Joan was born in Calgary, Alberta, April 21, 1928 After graduating from the University of Manitoba, Joan began her career writing radio and TV scripts for children, but soon moved into writing novels for juvenile and young adult readers. A dog and a horse lover she admits to having included one or the other in many of her books. Three of her young adult novels, Sixteen is spelled O-U-C-H, Storm Rider and Secret at Westwind have received international recognition and have been translated into Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian. In addition to her juvenile and young adult novels Joan has published a number of short stories, three plays for children’s theatre, and six non-fiction adult histories. It is the research for these histories that has prompted her two most recent young adult historical novels, The Brideship and Maybe Tomorrow. For many years Joan taught Creative Writing at the University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops. (From website)
Peter was born in Kamloops in 1914 and has lived all of his life in that city. At the age of 20 he became the youngest member of the Kamloops Board of Trade and pursued an active role in the business life. He became an alderman in 1960 and went on to serve three terms as mayor of Kamloops, beginning in 1966. While serving as mayor he was also elected President of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. Mr. Wing’s success in civic life is significant in that he was the first mayor of Chinese descent in North America, as well as being the first native-born mayor of Kamloops. Peter Wing was made a Freeman of the City of Kamloops in 1972 and a Member of the Order of Canada in 1976. He was also a recipient of the Human Relations Award of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews in 1977. (From website)