Richard Somerset Mackie

Writer, historian, teacher

I have a special interest in British Columbia stories, biography, and local history. I have written six books on BC history and biography. Two of them, Trading Beyond the Mountains (1997) and Island Timber (2000) won the Lieutenant-Governor's Prize, and Island Timber was also short-listed for the Haig-Brown prize.

I lecture frequently on aspects of my historical work, and I speak at historical meetings and writers' festivals throughout British Columbia.

I offer a limited service in manuscript evaluation and substantive editing. Here is an unsolicited response to an article I edited for BC Studies:

"I just received my copy of BC Studies. It looks great, and I am so glad I got to be part of it! I want to say a big thank you for all your input on my article. In general, I have learned a lot about writing and publication from your advice. I am a better author and historian because of your patience, attention, and insight, and I very much appreciate the work you put into editing this piece."

This site provides some basic information about myself, my teaching, books, and speaking engagements.







The photographs of the arbutus trees were taken by daughter Juliet
at Tsehum Harbour, North Saanich.