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Poet Phyllis Webb wins the Governor General’s Literary Award in 1983

The Story

The morning after being awarded the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, Phyllis Webb is Hana Gartner's guest on CBC Radio's Morningside. Webb shares her feelings about having won the award, for her book The Vision Tree, and the significance of public recognition and approval, especially for poets. "We do not have a vast audience," says Webb. "I've always felt and had an ambition to contribute to the literature of Canada, to help create that literature."  She reads poems and passages from the book, and Gartner asks about Webb's west coast roots, optimism and pessimism, feminism, marriage and relationships.

Medium: Radio
Program: Morningside
Broadcast Date: June 8, 1983
Interviewer: Hana Gartner
Guest: Phyllis Webb
Photo Credit: Talon Books

Did You know?

• Phyllis Webb was born on April 28, 1927, in Victoria, B.C.

• She worked for CBC Radio's University of the Air in the mid-1960s. In 1965 she and Bill Young created The Best Ideas You'll Hear Tonight by merging University of the Air and The Learning Stage. The program later became Ideas, and she was the producer at Ideas from 1967 to 1969. The program is still a fixture on the CBC Radio schedule as of 2017. 

• Webb is an Officer of the Order of Canada.


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