In Memoriam: Heather Spears (September 29, 1934 – April 15, 2021)

Marion Heather Spears, Canadian writer and artist and long-time SF Canada member, passed away last year in Copenhagen, Denmark.

She was educated at the University of British Columbia, The Vancouver School of Art and the University of Copenhagen, and lived in Denmark and Canada since 1962. An award-winning poet, she published 15 collections of poetry and 5 novels, illustrated numerous books and articles and drew at literary festivals and other live drawing venues. Hundreds of her drawings are collected at the Welcome Trust, London, and the Merrill Collection, Toronto. The Heather Spears archive is housed at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

As well as being a long-time member of SF Canada, Heather Spears was a member of PEN, The League of Canadian Poets, The Writers’ Union of Canada, The Society of Authors, and Tegnerforbundet af 1919 (Danish drawing association). SFC member Candas Jane Dorsey and others recall Heather fondly at League of Canadian Poets.

Heather’s daughter has reframed  as a memorial, combining it with Heather’s blog and putting up an overview of her life and accomplishments.

As her obituary quotes:  “No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.” – Terry Pratchett

She will be missed.

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