Research & Writing on Western History by Tom W. Parkin Tom W. Parkin

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Meet Tom

Born in British Columbia, Canada, in 1951, I have been writing non-fiction since the 1980s.

My authorial interests include history, western Canadian railroading, stone masonry, nature, outdoor recreation and geography. I bill myself as a “historical non-fiction story teller”, and aim to dig out and present the human side of history.

In addition to authoring and co-authoring four books earlier in my writing career, I have also amassed 100s of writing credits for newspapers and periodicals in Canada and the USA.

These days I offer my unique blend of knowledge and skills to help others who share the same interests – see my Services page for details.

How May I Help?

My expertise on historical topics is concentrated in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. I’m an exhaustive researcher, with a writing style that utilizes a creative approach and a particular focus on telling the stories of the common folk who are often otherwise lost to history.

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Most Recent Publication

C.P.R.’s Branchline Below Water

Branchline | Mar 2024

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Random Publication

Tales Told by Old Rails

Branchline | Nov 2020

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I offer a storytelling approach to historical writing, and a particular interest in narration and content development for exhibitions, documentaries, and regional histories.

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