People / Gladys (Maria) Hindmarch

Writer, educator. Born in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island in 1940 to Taimi (Aho) and Robert Hindmarch, Gladys (Maria) Hindmarch studied literature at the University of British Columbia, earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts. Hindmarch was one of the founding editors of TISH magazine in 1961. However, as a writer of prose, she did not publish in the experimental poetry magazine. That same year, she began to work on her first novel, The Peter Stories (1976), five stories inspired by the “Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater” nursery rhyme. Following quickly thereafter, A Birth Account (1976), is a narrative of two pregnancies but of one birth. Her next work, The Watery Part of the World (1988), is a collection of stories based upon her memories of being a mess girl and cook on a small passenger freighter delivering and receiving goods along the coast of British Columbia. Hindmarch’s writing style has been referred to as proprioceptive due to its emphasis on the positionality of the narrator’s body. In addition to her writing practice, Hindmarch has taught at Langara College and Capilano College.