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Shelagh Lynne Supeene
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Biography

I was born in Clinton, Ontario, Canada in 1952 to Margaret and Hal Supeene. My father was in the Royal Canadian Air Force, so we moved often within Canada and in the US.

In 1970 I began university at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba. I moved to Hamilton, Ontario, to study world religions at McMaster University. I earned an Honours B.A. and did two years of graduate work on Chinese language and philosophy, for which I was awarded two Ontario Graduate Scholarships in 1980 and 1981.

In the early 1980s I joined a peace group, Action Against Militarism, where I met my future husband, Tom Slee. We married in 1987 and have two sons. We live in Waterloo, Ontario.

My non-fiction book, As for the Sky, Falling: a Critical Look at Psychiatry and Suffering, was published by Second Story Feminist Press in 1991. I began writing for children around 1998, when my own children were learning to read. My Name is Mitch, a novel for children age 9-12, was published by Orca Book Publishers in 2003.

I go by both my first names. In writing circles I like to be known as "Lynne", but some friends and family call me "Shelagh". Yes, it can be confusing! But I like both my names so I live with the occasional confusion.