TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is excited to introduce to all our readers an historic novelist from Canada whose writing ability presents a new approach on historic fiction. Graham Clews originated from York, England and brings his own memories of that land brilliantly into his novels. Graham, tell us of your early childhood there and of your family’s move to Canada.
GC- I was very fortunate when my parents moved to Canada in 1956. This was time when Canada was experiencing its postwar boom, and Britain was still struggling with an unstable economy (1956 also saw the Hungarian revolution, and the Suez crisis). For my parents the move was one of economics, as management and labour unions slowly adjusted to a new balance of power— not always peacefully, and not always for the best. For a tradesman—my father was a blacksmith turned auto body man—the opportunities were far greater in North America.
To a thirteen year old boy, however, emigrating to Canada was the greatest adventure of his life. It was also a move that brought with it a complete contrast of cultures: the fresh, wide-eyed sense of a young and rapidly growing country, Canada; and the more staid, history-filled memories of the ancient City of York. And while considering the move to Canada as being one of the most fortuitous events of my life, being born and raised in York in the earlier part of it was yet another one. Those thirteen years instilled more than just an appreciation of the rich history of the old city, they also fired the imagination with the drama of what had happened to the people who lived there over the past two thousand years. (more…)