2009 Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize Winner

Trauma Farm

Brian Brett
Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life

Greystone Books

Brian Brett


By turns comic and tragic, celebratory and angry, but always impassioned about the importance of maintaining a connection to the hands-on lessons of rural living, Brian Brett's story is a lively, well-researched blend of memoir and socio-political commentary, a rare celebration of youth, age, and the tumultuous, surprising journey between them.

About the Author

Brian Brett is the author of the memoir Uproar’s Your Only Music and many books of poetry and fiction. His journalism has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and the Yukon News. He lives with his family on Trauma Farm on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

About the Book

For eighteen years, Brian Brett has tended a small mixed farm in the Gulf Islands. This memoir of his experience is threaded with a deep knowledge of biology and botany and explores gardens, orchards, and fields; the mysteries of livestock and poultry; and the social intricacies of rural communities. Whether discussing the uses and misuses of gates, examining the energy of seeds, or contemplating the modern slaughterhouse, Brett reveals the miracles of life and the ecological paradoxes that confront the rural world every day.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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