Claire Mowat

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Claire Angel (Wheeler) Mowat
Born (1933-02-05) 5 February 1933 (age 85)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Author, environmentalist, philanthropist
Language English
Nationality Canadian
Education Graphic designer
Alma mater Havergal College,
Ontario College of Art & Design
Period 1983 – present
Genre Memoir, young adult fiction, coastal living
Notable works The Outport People
Spouse Farley Mowat
Relatives Angus McGill Mowat

Claire Angel (Wheeler) Mowat (born 5 February 1933)[1] is a Canadian writer and environmentalist.

Personal life[edit]

Mowat was born and educated in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from Havergal College and the Ontario College of Art & Design as a Graphic designer and was married to the late author Farley Mowat.[1][2] The couple divided their time between Ontario, and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.


Mowat began writing memoirs in the 1960s, leading in 1983 to her first book The Outport People,[2] about the five years she and husband Farley spent at the start of their marriage in the outport Newfoundland community of Burgeo.[3] Her second book Pomp and Circumstances (1989) arose from witnessing protocol behind the scenes at the Governor General's residence Rideau Hall in Ottawa.[2] A 2005 memoir Travels with Farley, describes the couple's life in the Magdalen Islands, following the still-birth of their only child.[3] She has also written a trilogy of young adult fiction: The Girl from Away (1992), The French Isles (1994) and Last Summer in Louisbourg (1998).



  1. ^ a b "Mowat, Claire". The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections. McMaster University. 2006-12-08. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  2. ^ a b c "Claire Mowat". Writers' Union of Canada. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  3. ^ a b Robertson, Patricia (2009-04-07). "Claire Mowat, Farley's Boswell". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2009-07-11.  [Originally published 2005-10-15].