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Aussie-born adventurer,Lyn writes from incredible personal experiences with sealions, eagles, cougars;chased by grizzlies. Inspiring, informative, unforgettable.

Background Information

I was born, raised, and taught school in Western Australia in the most remote city in the world so perhaps that's why I live life on the edge. Egged on by an adventurous grandmother who gave me six shillings a week from the time I was eight, I sailed off at the age of 21 to see the world, hitchhiking through Africa and Europe then teaching challenged classes in London.

But it wasn't till I came to Canada and got engaged on my first date while flying around eagle nests on Vancouver Island "(You're the first girl who didn't get sick in my little float plane. Will you marry me?") that I started to write. My first book and my best known even after 40 years is "There's a Seal in my Sleeping Bag" which I first called "I Married the Ideal Man." It is my love affair with the wilderness, wildlife and outback people of  British Columbia and my adventures sitting in eagle nests for nine hours with two eagles on my lap, hanging precariously over cliffs studying puffins and other seabirds, sleeping with cougars and sealions, playing mother to a menagerie of orphaned wild animals which I took into my classrooms that inspired me and my students  to write. 

I write what fascinates me. When my husband asked me to cross the Northwest Passage in a rubber boat, I started a love affair with Canada's North and for 25 years wrote about my adventures while "Winging it in the North" with polar bears, walrus, caribou, Dene and Inuit. I am attracted by what's at the top of the mountain, across the horizon, and with a propensity to take chances and talk to strangers, I have found myself  swimming wild rivers, running from grizzlies, turning up the heat on a seal oil lamp and melting an igloo, draping an iceberg with Christmas lights,  accompanying Two Poles to the North Pole.

I am fascinated by chance and coincidence. Raising a gibbon ape in my grade six classroom led to the writing of my latest book "The Ring", the history of Sam and Jane Livingston, buffalo hunters, fur traders, gold prospectors, and the first settlers in Calgary, Alberta. Sam's cousin Hugh was one of the first settlers in Livingston, Wisconsin. Sam and Jane were the great grandparents of Marion and  Elizabeth, children in my class who cared for Gypsy the gibbon. I wrote another book about "Gypsy in the Classroom"  or "An  Ape Came out of my Hatbox" but it was "The Ring" which I wrote with Sam and Jane's family. I like to inspire readers to write their own passions, whatever they are, and many have been stimulated by my own stories.

Librarians and booksellers place my books on the fiction shelves but truth is often stranger than fiction and my stories are all true even if they seem incredible.

I carry a camera and a journal with me at all times to record what is happening around me. My background in speech and drama, mime and movement, my childhood and teenage years in Sunday School, my memorizing millions of lines of poetry and Bible verses, my teaching and my photography, are all factors in my evolution as a writer. My pictures tell stories and my stories evoke pictures. My books are best being read aloud. English is best when the words sing.



















Birth Place
East Fremantle, WA Australia

I have written 20 books, countless articles, and taken thousands of photographs.

Academic Education:
Teacher's Diploma in Education, Graylands Teachers' College; Bachelor of Education, Simon Fraser University, Masters' Degree in Communication, Simon Fraser University, Associate Speech and Drama, University of West Australia, Licentiate Speech and Drama, University of West Australia, Licentiate Trinity College London, Licentiate Royal Academy of Music, London.

Francis J. Kortright Award for Excellence in Outdoor Writing, American Express Travel Writing Awards (2), Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and numerous other writing and photography awards.

Most recent: 2009 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award from Simon Fraser University for contributions to writing, photography and nature education.

Additional Information

My most exciting news for 2010 is my Award from Simon Fraser University for the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for "contributions to writing, photography and nature education." My classmate and room mate at university during my five years studying education, communication and bio sciences was a saucy raccoon called Tabasco. We lived in a no-pet apartment at the bottom of the university hill and I wrote about our true adventures in a recent book called Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon. I will receive this award at a special ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver, BC January 27th, 2010. I have just finished a book that I have been working on for more than 10 years. It is called "The Ring - Memories of a Metis Grandmother, the Story of Sam and Jane Livingston".Sam was a gold prospector, buffalo hunter, fur trader and among the first settlers and farmers in North-West Territories that would become Alberta. It is a history, a romance, a mystery and a miracle, and it all true. Intriguingly, it all started with a gibbon ape in my grade six class. And with the publication of this book, people from all over Canada and the United States are finding relatives they never knew they had, all descendants of Sam and Jane. You can obtain this book by following prompts from my website

Contact Information
Lyn Hancock Enterprises
8270 Sabre Road RR1
Lantzville, BC  V0R 2H0   Canada
Contact Author: Lyn Hancock
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Lyn Hancock, Author, Photographer, Teacher, Guest Speaker
See My Books, My Bios, My Testimonials, My School Programmes, Slide Shows and much more. See Lyn Hancock: A Passionate Presentation, a six minute video on my work in schools, and the beginning of a unique film on my life as the wife of a wildlife biologist. Soon there will be excerpts from my books and live readings.

Friends of the Ring Facebook page
Bios of authors Lyn Hancock and Marion Dowler, precis of story, miracle that happened as a result of publication of the book, ideas to inspire others to write their own histories.

About Lyn Hancock on The Writers Union of Canada website
I am attending the annual general meeting of The Writers Union of Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada May 28-May 31, 2015. While I am there I hope to meet people interested in Metis and other Canadian history and in writing their family histories. I am available to meet people who would like me to address a group to read from THE RING: MEMORIES OF A METIS GRANDMOTHER-a book whose heroine Jane Howse Livingston came from the Red River Settlement near what is called Winnipeg. Look up Friends of the Ring Facebook page for interesting information about the effect of this book in finding out about a lost grandson, a scene in which Lyn hopes will appear in a movie or documentary one day.

Federation of BC Writers
I have a bio on this website, one of the associations that I belong to.

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