P.K. Page (1916- )
Patricia Kathleen Page was born in the south of England and moved with her family
to Red Deer, Alberta in 1919. Although she never attended university she
studied art in Brazil and at New York's Art Student's League. While living
and working in Montreal in the 1940s she began associating with the group
of writers that made that city the centre of contemporary cultural life
in Canada. Their central periodical, Preview, was edited by Patrick Anderson.
Others associated with the magazine were Frank R. Scott and Neufville Shaw.
Her first book publication was in Ronald Hambleton's anthology Unit
of five, which also included poems by Louis Dudek, Raymond Souster
and James Wreford.
Ryerson Press published P.K. Page's first collection, As ten as twenty, in 1946.
Between 1946 and 1950 P.K. Page worked as a scriptwriter for the National Film Board. She married the NFB commissioner in 1950 and was with him when he was appointed Canadian ambassador to Australia, Brazil and Mexico between 1953 and 1964. Her second collection of poetry, The metal and the flower (McClelland & Stewart 1954) won the Governor General's award for poetry. After her art studies, and during her husband's foreign service, she produced 'intricate' drawings and paintings under the name of P.K. Irwin. Thirteen years passed before McClelland & Stewart brought out Cry Ararat (1967), one of a few M&S books designed and printed by Stan Bevington's Coach House Press during that period. It was followed by Poems selected and new (1974) and Evening dance of the grey flies (1981).