Author / Poet / Storyteller / Playwright, Toronto, ON. Born: Jamaica.
Bernadette Dyer was born in Kingston Jamaica, where she graduated from The Immaculate Conception High School, as well as The Jamaica School Of Art, having specialized in painting and design. She was trained as a teacher at Toronto’s Lakeshore Teacher’s College, before becoming a novelist, poet, storyteller, short story writer, and playwright.
Bernadette has told stories on CBC Radio, as well as a variety of Toronto venues that include the popular 1,001 Nights Storytelling Series, and festivals at Nathan Phillips Square. She has read from her own work at the Harbourfront Centre, Lees Palace, the University of Toronto, and numerous other locations.
Her work has been anthologized in several collections and featured in various literary magazines from Canada, the University of London, England, France and the University of Miami. Bernadette was also featured in the 2006 collection of author interviews entitled, Why We Write.
Works: Including Villa Fair, a multi-ethnic collection of short stories (2002); Waltzes I Have Not Forgotten, a historical novel set between the World Wars (2004); Abductors (2007).
Favourite book? Wuthering Heights.
Favourite quote? “As the tide goes out so does it come in.”
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? I would like to write a bestselling novel.
Who inspires you? Rita Cox inspires me.
Why do you do what you do? I am passionate about writing and reading, and I get a great deal of satisfaction from working with children. That is why I do what I do.