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Book One: The Hands Behind Shakespeare's Pen

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To Pluck a Crow

A  word about myself…

I live in Ottawa, Canada's capital city, an eclectic place with lots of live theatre, a lovely National Arts Centre, thirty-three public libraries, a National Archives, and hundreds of smaller libraries, both university and government, concerts in the parks, bicycle paths and the world's largest skating rink, the Rideau Canal.

Eight years ago, I read several books about the controversy over the true identity of William Shakespeare.  I was at first skeptical, but became convinced that the question was definitely worth investigating.  I then became excited about the idea.  From that moment on, freeing my mind from restrictive thinking while continuing to research and gather information, I read as much as I could about the "Bard" and his works.  I have always, since I can remember, loved mysteries, and even as a child I hoped one day to write one.  Researching this particular historical question has brought my dreams full circle.

I was very fortunate to have had a research career, which began in the library of a national Metis and Non-Status Aboriginal organization, the Native Council of Canada.  There I was privileged to be a part of a dedicated team of Native political activists, who struggled to recover recognition of their inherent rights as Canada's First Peoples and to have them re-instated in Canada's constitution.  I researched Metis claims and ancestry, helped develop and operate a constitutional library and central filing system, and assisted at two First Ministers Constitutional conferences. Years later I returned to this organization in its reincarnation as the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, assisting with project development, finance, and travel and conference arrangements. 

From there I gained contracts with other Native groups, and later was a research assistant for a University professor writing a book about Aboriginal spirituality, and then on to work at a graduate library at Carleton University.  Following this, I spent five years  at CODE (Canadian Organization for Development Through Education), which supports library development and book publishing in Africa and the Caribbean. For four years I worked as an editorial assistant for two publications at the Chemical Institute of Canada, and then ran a business for a time, where I learned a lot about marketing and product research.  Now, again I have come full circle and am happily employed at the Ottawa Public Library.  Research and books have certainly been a huge part of my life. 

I have been blessed with a wonderful husband, three talented step children, now grown, and a very supportive network of family and friends.  Five cats have shared our lives so far.  

Bob and Sue at Stonehenge

Ava Brianne and Sue