Gail Crawford, a native Nova Scotian, has lived and worked in Ontario since 1959. She holds a master’s degree in history from the University and Toronto, a B.A. in English from Dalhousie University/University of King’s College and a diploma in journalism from the University of King’s College.
A highly respected craft journalist, she has written for periodicals, newspapers and magazines in the decorative arts field as well as edit magazines and biographies.
She has undertaken a variety of independent research projects which have culminated in three books: A Fine Line: Studio Crafts in Ontario from 1930 to 1998, 1998, Toronto, Dundurn Press; Studio Ceramics in Canada, 2005, Fredericton, Goose Lane Editions; and Extraordinary Lives: Inspiring Women of Peel, 2012, Mississauga, Canadian Federation of University Women Mississauga.
For a couple of decades she has also studied her father’s family in depth, the MacDonald/ Mackenzies, and has brought her material into a work of narrative non-fiction that follows the family from the time it left north-west Scotland (Rosshire) in 1837 and homesteaded in the Baddeck area and in several other Gaelic Presbyterian settlements.