Rona Murray

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Rona Jean Murray (born February 10, 1924 London, England - died July 9, 2003 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) was a Canadian poet.[1]


Murray spent her early childhood in India where her father commanded a Gurkha regiment. When she was eight years old her family immigrated to Canada in 1932.

Rona attended Queen Margaret's School from 1932-1941. She studied at Mills College, and later graduated from the University of British Columbia and the University of Kent, where she earned a Ph.D.

She taught at Douglas College, Selkirk College, Castlegar, University of Victoria, and University of British Columbia.

In 1944 Murray married Gerry Haddon and had 3 children; they divorced. She later married ceramics artist Walter Dexter. They lived on Vancouver Island.[2]

Her papers are held at University of Victoria.[3]


Rona Murray has been granted the following awards,[4]

  • 1984 Ethel Wilson B.C. Fiction Award, Shortlisted, for The Indigo Dress and Other Stories
  • 1982 Pat Lowther Award for Journey
  • 1965 Norma Epstein National Award for Creative Writing, for The Enchanted Adder
  • 1964 Macmillan of Canada Creative Writing Award, for The Enchanted Adder
  • 1958 B.C. Centennial One-Act Play Award, for Blue Duck's Feather and Eagledown



  • The Enchanted Adder (1965)
  • The Power of the Dog. Morriss Print. Co. 1968.
  • Selected Poems. Sono Nis Press. 1974. ISBN 978-0-919462-11-3.
  • Ootischenie. Fiddlehead Poetry Books. 1974. ISBN 978-0-919197-44-2.
  • Journey. Sono Nis Press. 1981. ISBN 978-0-919462-75-5.


  • Blue Duck's Feather and Eagledown was performed in the 1958 Centennial celebrations of British Columbia,



  • Rona Murray, Walter Dexter, eds. (1979). The Art of earth: an anthology. Sono Nis Press. ISBN 978-0-919462-86-1.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
  • Rona Murray, Garry McKevitt, eds. (2000). Love & pomegranates: an anthology of short fiction. Sono Nis Press. ISBN 978-1-55039-108-4.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
  • Rona Murray, ed. (1998). Threshold: six women, six poets. Sono Nis Press. ISBN 978-1-55039-092-6.

Non Fiction[edit]

  • The Art of Earth, Rona Murray and Walter Dexter.[5]


  1. ^ Dennis McIntire, ed. (2001). International Who's Who in Poetry and Poets' Encyclopaedia. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-948875-59-5.
  2. ^ Publisher's Biographical Note
  3. ^ "Rona Murray fonds". 2011-05-05. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
  4. ^ Biographical Note, Awards
  5. ^ Robin Hopper ceramics: a lifetime of works, ideas, and teachings. Retrieved 2011-05-15.

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