Anakana Schofield – Author of Martin John and Malarky

Bunkhouse ballads

Robert Swanson (1905-1994) worked for years as a logger, then as a forestry safety inspector for the government. A special horn Swanson invented for trains was adapted for use all over the world, and he also pioneered the development of air brakes on logging trucks. 

Swanson I learned yesterday after the Vancouver 125 Legacy Books panel wrote ballads or bunkhouse ballads about logging. His story reminded me of the working class Northern English women factory poets.

I’m particularly intrigued by his train/railway connection and will hunt out his books.

 

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