M.E. Pilkey (Peggy) lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where her life as a global nomad finally ended after she arrived there with her husband and two small boys in 1973. By the age of eighteen, she had spent the first half of her life in Canada and the latter half–her formative years–in Japan. Her years of homeschooling during grades four through seven, while living in Tokushima City on Shikoku Island, meant that she was soon able to speak Japanese effortlessly, since she and her sister had both become instant friends with the children in their neighbourhood. She graduated from high school at Canadian Academy, in Kobe–an international day and boarding school–where she had studied alongside students representing twenty-four nationalities.
This international experience shaped her worldview and stoked her desire for travel and service. After graduating from Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, she and her husband left Canada on a two-year teaching contract with Canadian University Services Overseas (CUSO.) Peggy taught English Literature and Language at the secondary school level in both Guyana and Jamaica. Several years later, while living and working in Halifax, her interest in other cultures continued to be enriched by long-lasting friendships formed over two decades, during which time, she and her husband became “host parents” to over fifty-five international students representing eleven different countries.
Peggy is a long-time member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) and an associate member of the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP. She has been shortlisted or placed in four of the six WFNS-sponsored annual Atlantic Writing Competitions that she’d entered. Prior to 2017, the contest had welcomed submissions from residents residing in all four of Canada’s eastern provinces. Peggy has also been longlisted by two national competitions, including one organized by CANSCAIP, and the other by the Writers’ Union of Canada. While working at Saint Mary’s University library in Halifax for twenty years, she enjoyed being surrounded by books and friends–always the best of combinations! Gardening, observing backyard wildlife, and amateur photography are some of her other deeply held interest.