Wendy Lill - Biography

Wendy Lill was born in 1950 in Vancouver and grew up in London, Ontario. In 1970, she graduated from York University with a Bachelor’s degree in political science. Through the 1980s she lived in Winnipeg, working as a writer for the CBC, and becoming increasingly involved with the theatre. In 1988, Lill moved to the East Coast, where she continued to write for the theatre but also developed her career as a politician. She was the Member of Parliament for Dartmouth from 1997 to 2004, during which time she served as the New Democratic Party’s culture critic and spokeperson on disability issues. Her plays, most of which have been published by Talonbooks, reflect Lill’s sustained concern with social justice and have earned her four Governor-General’s Award nominations. They include The Fighting Days (1985), about the suffragist movement in Canada in the early twentieth century, The Occupation of Heather Rose (1987), set on a Northern native reserve, Memories of You (1989), about the Canadian poet and novelist Elizabeth Smart, and Sisters (1992), about native residential schools in Nova Scotia. She also adapted Sheldon Currie’s novel of the same name for the stage in her play The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum (1996). Her play Corker, about the impact of cutbacks to social services, was published by Talonbooks in 1999. Her play Chimera appeared in 2007.