Tim Brown was born in the small outport community of Carmanville, Newfoundland, Canada and grew up in an era when the men of the community gathered in the local store to tell stories and relate daily events.
One of Timís favorite activities was sneaking close enough to listen to these men and his writing has been greatly influenced by the tales he overheard. Although he has been writing all his life he did not start to record his thoughts until he returned to Newfoundland from Ontario where he lived for many years.
In the late 1980ís he began to compile his verses and stories into a collection that would soon number in the hundreds. With encouragement from his wife and friends he began to read his poems at small gatherings and social events and the acceptance and praise he received convinced him his work was worth recording. In the next three years he wrote and recorded two solo cassettes and two in conjunction with musician friend Dave Pike.
During this time Tim composed poems and songs at an incredible rate and the words and thoughts poured forth in an effort to recapture the old days and characters he had known as a youth. Tim began to perform for groups and did voluntary performances in senior citizen homes where his stories of the times gone by warmed the hearts and sparked laughter amongst all who heard his work.
In the late 1990ís Tim was beginning to receive airplay and attention from the artistic community of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as mainland Canada. Just as he was starting to benefit from this recognition Tim suffered a stroke which would affect his writing for the next number of years. He lost interest in writing and spent the next five years recovering and eventually began to write again.
This renewed interest in writing can be credited largely to two people Ron Young, editor of the Downhome Magazine and Marion Hennebury, creator of the Newfoundland Poetry website. In 2001 Ron requested that Tim do an interview for the magazine and Timís poems became a regular monthly featured as Bard of the Bay in the Bardís Haven section of the magazine. It was through the magazine that Marion became aware of Timís writing. Subsequently her enthusiastic support and promotion of his poems on her web site has allowed Tim a new avenue for exhibiting his work and reaching a wider audience.
Today poetry readers in both Canada and the United States admire Timís writing and the feedback he receives is evidence that it has growing appeal for a growing and diverse audience