My historical writing narrates untold stories of the people of Vancouver Island and the Salish Sea, combining local history, family history and geography.
I’ve published seven books about this region, including three histories in photographs. Two websites combine the threads of local, family and natural history.
Works of a contemporary nature include guidebooks to Victoria and Vancouver Island, the compendium Vancouver Island Book of Everything (in its second edition) and an album of photographs of the region and people by Boomer Jerritt that I curated.
I have published a number of literary essays and reviews and over the years many travel and feature articles about my home province, British Columbia. I maintain websites on postmodern poetics and foreign travel.
These résumés are works in progress, with gaps:
Current projects include a story of shipwreck on the Salish Sea, a biography of Captain William Henry McNeill and a revision of The Story of Sidney.
Public speaking credits include slide talks on local history, and I conduct neighbourhood and cemetery tours.
In the wider realm of historical scholarship I have recently published a long-form article about an occurrence of the so-called Spanish flu in Kansas in March 1918.
Facebook is my medium of choice.
Header photo by Godfrey Stephens. Background image: detail of Gonzalo Lopez de Haro’s 1790 Plano del Estrecho de Fuca