Bluebirds of War: Canadian Nurses on the Western Front 1918. Public Talk by Andrea McKenzie
The Professional Writing Program is very pleased to invite you to a public talk by Dr. Andrea McKenzie.
For four years, over 2,800 Canadian nursing sisters had nursed the wounded and ill soldiers of the First World War on all fronts, from Russia to Gallipoli, Salonika to France. In 1918, the last year of the war, their efforts were concentrated on the Western Front. Through shot and shell, bombs and torpedoes, three thousand miles from their homes, the Canadian nurses cared for the casualties of war. Through the nurses’ own writings and photographs, this talk illustrates their unique experiences as Canadians, as military officers and as nurses on the Western Front during the war’s final year.
Note: After the main talk and question period, McKenzie will also give a brief talk and offer a Q-and-A period about editing nurses’ letters for her book, War-Torn Exchanges. This part of the program is designed specifically for Professional Writing students. All are welcome.