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Ashley Brown Books is a company started by two friends who were so amazed by the beauty and abundance of the Comox Valley and its Estuary that they simply had to record their experiences. Kate Brown began by capturing images of visiting sea birds on mugs. She told Marlet Ashley about the antics of the swans, mallards, seagulls, and pipers, and from there the stories took shape. At Ashley Brown Books, our goal is to share our experience with others so that they, too, may come to love the Comox Estuary and its avian population as much as we do, and we want to make others aware of the special nature of this very sensitive and stunning location.
Marlet Ashley is a long-time educator with an M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing. She has taught creative writing at the University of Windsor and has been an instructor of literature and composition at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Her publications include a number of short stories and poetry in a variety of literary publications. In 2005, Marlet authored the Canadian edition of Literature and the Writing Process published by Pearson Prentice Hall, Toronto. Born in Windsor, Ontario, she moved to Vancouver, BC in 1995. She has raised four sons and presently lives with her husband Pieter Molenaar in Comox, British Columbia, close to the Comox Estuary.
Kate Brown studied Art and Design in London, UK, and developed a career as an interior designer, product designer and clothing designer. Her company Kiddoworks designed and manufactured educational toys for the North American market.
In recent years Kate has been involved in designing museums in which exhibited artefacts are brought to life and tell stories to enthral and capture the interest of visitors.
Moving to the Comox Valley and living on the estuary, Kate became aware of the wealth of stories of the everyday adventures of wild life on the seashore just outside her door. The antics of the wild fowl motivated her to record the wildlife in a series of hand-painted pottery, and they also provided an impetus for the title Revelry on the Estuary and for the first story.
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Marlet was a finalist for the John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award 2012
for short story writing.