Brian Brett

Brian Brett is a Canadian poet and memoirist.
Brian Brett is a Canadian poet and memoirist. (

Brian Brett is a poet, fiction and memoir writer, journalist and former chair of the Writers' Union of Canada. His 13 books include The Colour of Bones in a Stream and the bestselling memoir Trauma Farm, which won numerous prizes, including the Writers' Trust of Canada for best Canadian nonfiction book. His most recent book is the award-winning memoir Tuco and the Scattershot World: A Life with Birds.

Books by Brian Brett

Interviews with Brian Brett

Acclaimed Canadian author Brian Brett says he was born strange. And he seems determined to die on his own terms. After a succession of medical problems and illnesses that would test the faith of Job, and now a grim prognosis, this most singular of Canadian literary figures is doing what great writers do: writing. And stealing flowers. 27:25
The award-winning memoirist, journalist and poet is facing a difficult health challenge, so he asked a young friend, writer Chris Oke, to be his literary executor. Chris’s documentary is called "The Great Editor." 18:47
Tuco is a multi-talented African grey parrot with a diabolical sense of humour who served as a personal guru for writer Brian Brett for 25 years. Brett recently won a BC Book Prize for his memoir, Tuco: The Parrot, the Others and a Scattershot World. 25:36



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