Literary works by Eliza Hemingway

Published books:


  • KISSED ON A BOAT, Edited by Eliza, a collection of short stories by the Cowichan Valley writers, 2009
  • SLING-BACKS, a coffee book (Canada: Arts Angels Publishing, 2006)
  • LIPSTICK, a coffee book (Canada: Arts Angels Publishing, 2006)
  • NUDE ON A FENCE, a collection of short stories. (Canada: Arts Angels Publishing, 2006. Winning Finalist, Best Books in America Award, 2007)
  • HOW THE LION SWALLOWED THE MOON a collection of short stories (Canada: Arts Angels Publishing, 2003)
  • THE BUTCHER'S DOG, an historical novella based in fact (Canada: Arts Angels Publishing, 2002)
  • OVERBOARD, a book of poetry (Canada: Maggie Dove 1998)

  • NEXT TIME YOU'RE DEAD, THE GET IN AND GET OUT method of writing. This is very small book about how to write better short contemporary fiction to catch the attention of publishers.
  • HOW TO MURDER A NAKED WOMAN, an autobiography about writing (Canada: Arts Angels Publishing, 2004)
  • MAIZY'S SCARF, an autobiography (Canada: Sono Nis Press 1979)
  • NURSES, autobiographical cartoon book (England: Smith’s Publishers)

    Short stories:
  • NEXT TIME YOU'RE DEAD, Pub.Ten Old Books 2009
    JUNGLE TEA (England: Pub. Tonto Press, 2006)
    HOW MY GRAN GOT HER MOUNTIE (2nd place winner in Canadian Writer’s Journal Competition, 2005)
    COUGAR MOON (First place winner in Carillon Magazine’s short story competition, 2004)
    WOO KISS (Pub. Green’s Magazine, 2004)
    HOUSE CALLS (Pub. Author’s Publishing) 


  • DRAGON OR SNAKE, an essay on St. George (England: Pub. Carillon Magazine, 2004)

 Other connected facts:

  • Eliza currently has a studio in Chemainus on Vancouver Island.
  • She wrote a literary by-line under the heading “MY WORD” for the Chemainus Valley Courier.
  • Eliza was the first reader at the 2007 Book Festival at the Victoria Centre for the Arts along with Rachael Wyatt. (Mz Wyatt has extensive awards, which include The Order of Canada.)
  • Eliza was the invited writer at the Rotherham Arts Festival, England 2004.



  • 1995 Port Albernie Art Centre: Oil Paintings and paper Sculptures
  • 1995 Vanity Fair Art Gallery: Oil paintings and paper sculptures 
  • 1993 Bon Ton Gallery, Oak Bay: Oil paintings and paper sculptures
  • 1992 Vanity Fair Art Gallery, Victoria:  Oil paintings
  • 1991 Moss Cottage Gallery, Victoria: Oil paintings and mixed media sculptures
  • 1989 Rollin Gallery, Maple Ridge

Group shows:

  • 2001 Fat Cat Gallery, Victoria 
  • 1993 Cordova Bay Art Gallery: Oil paintings
  • 1990 Backroom Gallery, Oak Bay: Oil paintings and paper sculptures
  • Winchester Galleries, Victoria
  • 1986 BC Festival of the Arts, Prince George 
  • Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria;

Other exhibitions:

Victoria City Hall; Victoria's Macpherson Theatre;  Oak Bay Municipal Hall; Madrona Art Centre, Nanaimo; Gavin House Gallery; Belle Vue Art Museum. Washington DC, USA

Eliza's work has also been displayed and sold through: Yonge at Art, Toronto; Virginia Brier Gallery, San Francisco, USA: Perceptions Gallery, Boston, Mass, USA; Vancouver Art Gallery: Penticton Art Auction, BC; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; The Port Hardy Museum and Burnaby Art Gallery, BC. Eliza's paintings have also been displayed in Beijing, China and The People's Hall, Russia.


  • The HABERDASHER'S GARDEN, fibre art won Honorable Mention, Fibre Art at the Sooke Art Show, 2011 (sold)
  • IRIS' AND POPPIES, fibre art won Best in Show, Fibre Art at the Sooke Fine Art Show 2010 (sold)
  • NUDE ON A FENCE, short stories won the Winning Finalist Award for Best Books in America
  • 1993 Sooke Fine Arts Bruce and Sydney Ranney purchase award, oil paintings
  • 1987 Poland International Competition: Diploma of Honour, mixed media sculpture
  • 1985 Honorary Citizen of Victoria for her work as an artist
  • Most Interesting Person in Victoria, voted by Monday Magazine 
  • Winner, the British government sponsored Road Safety Poster Competition for all England, at age fifteen.

Arts related activities:

  • 1994 Fringe Festival, Victoria: One woman show
  • 1988 Board member, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 
  • 1981 Patience and the White Knight, a medieval anachronism written, costumed and produced by Eliza at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
  • 1982 Patience and the White Knight produced at the University of British Columbia
  • 1982 Patience and the White Knight produced at Open Space Gallery, Victoria, BC
  • 1979 Wrote and illustrated Maizy's Scarf, published by Sono Nis Press for International year of the child

Eliza's art is in the following known collections :

  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Past Prime Minister of Canada)
  • Bruce and Sydney Ranney, Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Appraisal Consortium, New York, USA
  • Betty and Sam, Eisentein, Pasadena, California 
  • Trinity Communications, Vancouver BC
  • Moonlight Farms, Vancouver BC
  • John Brockington (retired) Head of the theatre department, UBC, Vancouver 
  • Peter  Pollen (retired) ex-Mayor of Victoria
  • The Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, USA
  • The Women's Gallery, Scotland 
  • Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC


Eliza has given several writing presentations at conferences and book shows

She has read stories on CBC Radio, acted in films and in live theatre and designed stage sets and costumes 

She has mounted several very large public events for artists and writers 

Eliza also worked with Henry Moore for a short time through a British Government sponsored program

She also interviewed Pablo Picasso, and George Bernard Shaw

She achieved her staunch ability and application through a girl's private school in Yorkshire, England.


Artist's Statement:

My paintings:

I worked with the artists, writers and philosophers in London and Paris because painting to me is a philosophy. I want the viewer to see art as other than safe realism. I want people to see beyond their own concepts. My paintings are not wall decorations. I am not of the trees and flowers school of art. The work is not realistic paint by number copying from photographs. I never reproduce the work through poster prints.

Each painting is a spontaneous original. My art has my brush strokes, my colours, my spirit and is from the heart. Each one is worked with truth. Each one is me. In the end, after all philosophical words have been spoken and all creative work is completed the only things remaining are the brush strokes and the colors. I approach a canvas the same way a child might a blank sheet of paper. Young children paint the only honest paintings, paintings that are very private in context. That is until an adult decides to teach these innocents how to paint properly and in the process totally kills all originality.  

My Writing:

I write mostly literary fiction and mostly books of short stories. I use some of my experiences gained from world travel in my writing. My short stories show ordinary people caught by unusual circumstances. Many of my stories have humour. A good laugh is a great way to make a story successful. Many have pathos. We all like to cry once in a while. I write mostly in the present time and mostly about the unsophisticated people of Vancouver Island. 


Eliza Hemingway Hawkins

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