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Alan Bruce Creighton was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 5, 1903, the son of Charles Jolly (C.J.) Creighton and Harriet Smith (Hendry) Creighton. He attended the Victoria School of Art and Design and the Halifax Conservatory of Music, playing violin. He was also employed as a reporter covering the shipping news for the Halifax Chronicle and played piano to accompany silent films at Acker’s Theatre in Dartmouth. In addition, Alan attended business school, became a farmhand, and worked in an automobile factory in Detroit, Michigan.
Upon moving to Toronto, Alan worked at Canadian Forum Magazine and the Old Favourites Antiquarian Bookstore. Additionally, he was an editor of A New Canadian Anthology, published in 1938.
Throughout his life, Alan was a prolific writer of diaries, short stories, poems, and reminisces. He was also an active artist, doing mainly sketches and watercolours. Many of his poems and stories were printed in magazines and newspapers and two books of his poetry were published: Earth Call: A Book of Poems (1936) and Cross Country (1939). Both publications were well-reviewed.
Alan Creighton passed away in Toronto, Ontario on June 24, 2003 at the age of ninety-nine.
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Dalhousie University Archives