I was born in Placentia, Newfoundland, in 1923 and brought up in Corner Brook. My father Dr. John I. O'Connell was a country doctor who make house calls in his old Ford or on horse and sled over the ice and on motor boats in rough seas. He was my inspiration.
I graduated in 1953 at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Ireland and did post grad work at Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Kingston Ontario, and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and I did a six month stint in the Canadian Arctic DEW Line.
My self-published memoir, Arctic Calls is one of my attempts to relive these times, with my tales of med school and hospitals and the Canadian Arctic with DC-3 plane crashes and igloo house calls. You can check it out here.
I have self-published my first children's book! The 3R's – Read Rap and Rhyme with Grammy and me has 2 rapping and rhyming stories, “Big Feet, Little Feet” and “Here There and Everywhere.” It's colorful pages take the reader along with a Grammy and grandson on their special days together.
See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.