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Memoir In Pieces
Kate Bird
Episode: P029
Broadcast dates: March 07 to March 20, 2022
Length: 23 mins
Host: Ingrid Rose
Kate Bird in conversation with Ingrid Rose

Kate Bird's first camera was a gift from her father, with whom she came to share his love of photography. Through every hardship and many moves in a troubled life, Kate’s father preserved the photographs he’d taken in his early years as an outdoorsman, and his collection of 1940s black-and-white negatives came to her.

Kate Bird's career as a librarian and researcher has been shaped by her love of photographs and their ability to capture both life at its most dramatic and the quiet beauty of the world. Her collection of essays, A Memoir In Pieces, is about family history, memory and photography.

In this Writers Radio episode Kate reads excerpts from two essays: Archival Record AN1940s, which was shortlisted for the Malahat Review’s 2021 Constance Rooke CNF Prize, and About Face.

Photo enthusiasts take note:

Kate Bird researched, edited and authored three books of photographs published by Greystone Books between 2016 and 2019. They can be ordered from the publisher or your favourite bookstore.

• Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos From A Decade That Changed the City 
• City On Edge: A Rebellious Century of Protests, Riots, and Strikes. 
• Magic Moments in BC Sports: A Century in Photos

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