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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Gilbert “Don” Bailey (1942-2003)

Writer, poet, educator.

Born at Toronto, Ontario in 1942, he grew up in foster homes and began writing while an inmate in a Kingston prison. He wrote poetry, novels, and television scripts. In 1990, his book Memories of Margaret, a memoir of his 20-year friendship with Margaret Laurence, was a finalist for the 1990 Toronto Book Award and his poetry book Homeless Hearts was awarded the silver medal as the best book of poetry of 1990 by the Canadian Authors Association. In 2002, he won the Margaret Laurence Literary Award for Fiction for his novel A Stranger to Myself. He died at Winnipeg on 7 August 2003.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 August 2003.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 11 March 2020

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