About Me

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Noreen Shanahan

I am a creative non-fiction writer, with a special interest in memoirs and obituaries–life stories, local histories, flesh & blood anecdotal details.

I’m an obituary essay writer at The Globe & Mail. My memoir business, Rampant with Memory, includes helping people write their life stories, or gather their genealogical research.

The name Rampant with Memory came from an opening line to Margaret Laurence’s novel The Stone Angel. The protagonist, Hagar Shipley, is a very old woman remembering her life: “I am rampant with memory,” she says. This book, character, and line always stayed with me, from the time I first read it when I was nineteen.

In my work, I also create podcasts and CDs of people’s stories. I’m a memoir teacher, a diarist, a poet, an editor, and a feminist. I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and spend days tapping keys or staining my fingers in ink.

I am a member of the Editors’ Association of Canada. I’m also a member of the Professional Writers’ Association of Canada.