Paula Wild reviews for the Comox Valley Record:
“Reviewer says Campie is one of the best books she’s read in a while . . .”
February 8, 2012.
Courier-Island review of Campie for the Campbell River Library reading 6:30 p.m. on February 9, 2012.
“This book will inspire not only those affected by alcoholism but anyone who” has faced adversity in several shapes and sizes at the same time.
GOODREADS, Reader Review of CAMPIE
“Unlike other memoirs, this story takes off after rehabilitation. In a northern Alberta oil rig camp as Barbara struggles to survive and rebuild after the worst, she ends up getting a job as a cleaning woman (campie) at the camp. Freezing, homesick and surrounded by eccentric charaters this memoir made me want to cry, laugh and highlight all at the same time. If you liked The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, then I highly reccommend Campie.”
Quill & Quire Review by Candace Fertile, July 2011 Issue
“Campie testifies to the fact that, rather than allowing the experience to break her, this brave woman was able to use it as a stepping stone toward a new and stable life.”
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Martlet 19.Vol 62. Review by Will Johnson, “A Little More Human: One Woman’s Working-Class Journey To Become a Writer,”
CATHLEEN WITH, author of Having Faith in the Polar Girls’ Prison
“I dare you to break through the ice of this amazing first book and delve into work-camp life…Sometimes prison camp, sometimes salvation, and all times scoured soul through bleach and hard work, Campie will sing redemption to anyone who’s every had the tale and lived to tell it rough.”
Finalist: CBC Canada Writes True Winter Tales Challenge, 2011
Recipient: Hazel Partridge-Smith Scholarship in Creative Writing, 2009
Finalist: Event Creative Non-Fiction Contest, 2009
Finalist: CBC Literary Competition, Creative Non-Fiction, 2008
Recipient: University of Victoria President’s Scholarship, 2008
Finalist: Walrus Magazine Student Field Notes Contest, 2007
Winner: Western Academy of Photography: Best Profile, Photo-Essay, Minor Article, 1996
Finalist: Windhorse Reader: Choice Poems of ’93
Honorable Mention: Writer’s Digest Poetry Contest, 1992
Winner: Island Parent Magazine Poetry Contest, 1992