Budge Wilson

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Budge Wilson
Born Budge Marjorie Archibald
(1927-05-02) 2 May 1927 (age 91)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Language English
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Dalhousie University
Notable works Before Green Gables, The Metaphor

Budge Marjorie Wilson (born Archibald), CM ONS (born 2 May 1927) is a Canadian writer.

Early life[edit]

Born in Halifax and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she is the daughter of Maynard Brown Archibald and of Helen (Dustan) MacGregor Archibald, and sister of the late Joan Archibald Colborne. Budge graduated from Dalhousie University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology.

Writing life[edit]

She has written 33 books since her first work was published in 1984,[1] including the prequel Before Green Gables, a celebratory centennial release to the Anne of Green Gables series.[2] Her most recent work is After Swissair (2016), a poetry collection chronicling the aftermath of the crash of Swissair Flight 111 off the coast of Nova Scotia on September 2, 1998.

Honours and awards[edit]

Budge Wilson has received numerous awards for her work[2] that include: 23 Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" selections, First Prize in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Literary Competition, a City of Dartmouth Book Award, a Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award, a Marianna Dempster Award, two Ann Connor Brimer Awards, a Canadian Authors Association Lilla Stirling Award, a National IODE (Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire) Violet Downey Award, an Atlantic Independent Booksellers Award, and an IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Honour Award. In 2004 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada[3] and in 2011 she received the Order of Nova Scotia.[4] Ms. Wilson received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in June, 2012.[5]

Budge has received honorary degrees from Dalhousie University (2010)[6] and Mount Saint Vincent University (2012)[7]


  1. ^ "Budge Wilson". Writers.ns.ca. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Penguin Books, Press Release: December 14, 2007,
  3. ^ "Budge Wilson | Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia". Writers.ns.ca. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  4. ^ "- novascotia.ca". Novasscotia.ca. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Diamond Jubilee Medal Investiture - Order of Canada". Flickr. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived May 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "MSVU - Mount Convocation celebrates students, faculty, honorary degree recipients". Msvu.ca. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 

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