Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
Charles (Bill) Shirriff was raised in Saskatchewan, Canada, during the depression years of the 30's.
His interest in human nature and young people led him to a career in teaching and counselling where he encountered teenagers learning to live with problem situations. A chance encounter led to a friendship with a young man who involved Charles with the events and experiences that inspired the two novels leading to this film script based on his struggles to survive as a gay teenager.
After graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor Science in Math, Physics and Chemistry, he began a teaching career that would span thirty-five years and would take him to Cranberry Portage, Flin Flon and Norway House in northern Canada. Most of his teaching years were spent In Portage la Prairie near Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he held positions as teacher, school counselor, Coordinator for Special Needs Students, and Consultant for the Gifted & Talented in the School Division.
A brief foray into the field of Meteorology provided the opportunity to work and live in Moosonee on the tip of James Bay.
His love of learning and a penchant for different experiences led him to obtain a B.A. degree from the State of New York and Master of Science in psychology from the University of North Dakota. Additional courses in a variety of subjects were taken at the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Connecticut (Storrs) and Stanford University in California.
He is the author of two fact-based novels: Spirits of a Feather (2000) and Souls of a Feather (2001).
Web sites: www.shirriff.org
Interests: Writing short stories, novels and screenplays.
Visiting my three young granddaughters.
Published writer: Yes