• R.I.P. Stephen Gill, 89, in April (Indian-born Canadian poet/novelist)

    From Lenona@21:1/5 to All on Sat Dec 31 13:28:43 2022
    I mistakenly had him on the nonagenarian list.

    Not to be confused with the British photographer. Or the British poet/environmental activist who now lives in Japan. Or the Oxford English professor who wrote a biography of William Wordsworth.

    He was born in Sialkot, Punjab, India (now part of Pakistan), moved to Canada as an adult and lived in Cornwall, Ontario.

    (this has a LOT of posted memories and photos)

    GILL, Stephen Matthew PhD. – peacefully at the Cornwall Community Hospital on Monday, April 4, 2022 at the age of 89 years. Beloved husband of Sarala Gill (née Chakranarayan). Loving Baba of Rekha LaForty (Pierre Trepanier), Ajay Gill (Kristen) and
    Sarita Van Dyke (Michael). Cherished grandfather of Joshua Millward, Christopher Millward, Tanisha Millward, Jordan Millward, Maya LaForty, Benjamin LaForty, Jonah Van Dyke, Noah Van Dyke and Micah Van Dyke. Son of the late Matthew and Christina (née
    Hyetbibi) Gill. Predeceased by several siblings including, George, Catherine, Jacob and beloved sister, Josephine. Survived by a special niece, Rosemary (Shanti) Rondeau...

    (check out where he wanted donations to go to)


    The University has been informed of the death of Dr Stephen Gill, who had served initially as an Adjunct Professor and subsequently as Honorary Fellow and Reader in English Literature and Peace Studies of the University. He was eighty-nine years of age.

    Dr Gill was an Indo-Canadian poet and author of fiction, with his output extending to some thirty books and many more essays, articles, reviews and individual poems. The central theme of his work was his commitment to world peace and the freedom of the
    individual. Born in Pakistan, he taught in Ethiopia before settling first in England and then in Canada. He was married and had children and grandchildren. Most of his work is in English, but he also published poetry in Urdu, Hindi and Panjabi.

    As his work achieved prominence, Dr Gill became closely involved with a number of universities, lecturing and speaking at conferences. He and the University’s Chancellor first came into contact as Cultural Doctorate members of the former World
    University Roundtable, located on the Desert Sanctuary Campus in Benson, Arizona, USA. Subsequently, both became part of the work of Ansted University (British Virgin Islands), and then met in person when both received honorary doctorates from Ansted in
    convocation at London Metropolitan University in September 2003.

    Dr Gill served as Dean of Peace Studies at St Simon’s College, a predecessor institution of European-American University, and when the University was established and then launched in 2007 became its strong supporter, serving as a mentor and examiner,
    and donated a collection of his published works to the University.

    Dr Gill received many national and academic honours. He was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and in 2012, Indira Kala Sangit University in India officially established the Centre for Stephen Gill Studies. The Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr.
    Mandvi Singh called this a historical move of the university to establish this centre for scholars to pursue their higher studies on Stephen Gill. In 2011, Dr Gill was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature with the support of European-American

    (2009 TV interview, 9:21 minutes)

    He wrote at least four novels and eight collections of poetry.

    Three juvenile books of his:

    Tales from Canada for Children Everywhere (1979)
    Simon & the Snow King (1981)
    The Blessings of a Bird (1983)

    (this 13-page paper is about Gill's work and Mamoud Darwish's work; you can see Gill's book titles on page 3)

    Part of what I posted on his 80th birthday:

    "...My mother was a school teacher and a good storyteller. She was very particular about our education and, therefore, gave special attention to our regular attendance at school and tried her utmost to keep us away from the influence of the children who
    were disinterested in their studies. My father, a good bread-earner, edited a religious magazine for a while and was unusually interested in writing letters.

    "Yet, I hated school and played truant whenever I could. I hated my curriculum and classroom, but that does not mean that I hated books. Rather, I loved to read anything, except the text books. I loved to read, especially fiction and poetry. Our home was
    full of books, and my father was a zealous subscriber to several dailies and monthlies. In that environment, I became a voracious reader from my early childhood. When nothing was available, I would borrow or buy materials to satisfy my thirst. This habit
    remained a part of me for whole life. l read the Bible several times.

    "In the later part of my teens, I began to move among writers and would-be writers; nearly all of them were older than I was. Some of them had published material to their credit. Our chats often ended in discussing literary topics. I always listened
    attentively to their comments on a story, a poem, or an author. I still cherish some of their ideas.

    "Due to my unusual zest for books and the protective nature of my mother, and a few other reasons, which kept me away from other children, I became lonely which helped to sharpen my thinking and imagination. l never felt loneliness because I enjoyed
    dwelling in the domain of my fancy, like Simon who dreams of the Snow King and his castle in my children story Simon and the Snow King..."

    Since most of the links I once had for him are now broken, here's what else I found:

    (this includes his awards, but the booklist is not complete)

    (this has a few synopses)


    (about his poetry's pacifism)

    (on "Flame")

    (long article he wrote about the horrors of 1947, in New Delhi)

    (short article by Gill from 1999)

    (from 2010 - reflections on his work)

    (a tribute poem TO Gill from 2015)

    (four poems by Gill)

    (a long Q&A from 2016, with 38 comments)

    (article from 2019 - most of it is by GIll)


    "...Gill was born in Sialkot, now in Pakistani Punjab, before the division of the British Raj. He spent his childhood with his family in New Delhi, far from relatives who stayed in Pakistan. The Hindu-Muslim violence of that time, which also forced
    thousands of Christians and Parsees to flee, profoundly left its mark on him. For years, he was a restless soul in a never-ending search for inner peace, the same peace which he put into words in his compositions.

    "In all, he has written about twenty books, including collections of poems, short stories and literary criticism, in more than a thousand publications. He has been the subject of at least 12 critical studies..."

    (sonnets and articles by Gill - all relatively recent)



    (from May of 2020 - this one's pretty long)

    (from Oct. 2021 - this is shorter)

    (review of one poetry collection)

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