Tucker, Heather

Heather Tucker
Place of Birth: 
Date of Birth: 
November 22, 1954
Home Community: 
Durham Region Background: 

Heather has lived, worked, played and volunteered in Durham Region since 1979.


The Clay Girl, A novel, ECW Press, 2016Wild Words Anthology, 2010From the Cottage Porch Anthology, 2010Wicked Words Anthology, 2009Heather's stories have also appeared in literary Journals and online.

Public Speaking Topics: 

Tapping creativity through play. /  Re'fire'ment not retirement. / Everyday Heroes.


As above in Bio.


University of Toronto, BScN, Humber School for Writers

Honours and Awards: 

Heather is the winner of the Writers’ Union of Canada and Literal Latte short prose competitions, a four time winner of the WCDR Short Story competitions, a finalist for the PRISM International Non-Fiction contest, Malahat’s: Novella Prize, Constance Rooke Creative Non-Fiction Prize, Open Season Award and Far Horizons Award. Her debut novel, The Clay Girl, is the American Book Sellers Association Indie pick and Toronto's Word on the Street Book Club pick.And she is the proud recipient of the Bereaved Families of Ontario, Durham Region Volunteer of Distinction Award.

Literary Influences: 

Barbara Kingsolver, Miriam Towes, Chinua Achebe, Alice Munro...and all writers that make me think, laugh, cry, grow.


Throughout an eclectic career Heather Tucker has gathered stories— from working as a nurse in Ethiopia, Columbia, France, Belgium and Northern Ontario, to her experience as a teacher, bereavement counsellor, public health and psychiatric nurse.Heather worked extensively developing educational resources until discovering that playing with words was more fun than working with them.