Winston Oldford was born in Burnside, Newfoundland, in 1942, therefore not as a Canadian citizen. He experienced a childhood very different from that experienced by today’s youth. Although they didn’t have much, the children who grew up in Burnside in the 1940s and 1950s were happy and never bored. His midwife was Mary Brown, wife of Billy Brown, who lived in a two-storey house adjacent to the old cemetery.
Winston attended school mostly in Burnside, plus two years in Windsor. He left Burnside in 1961 to attend a vocational training institute at Buckmaster’s Field in St. John’s. At the Vocational Training Institute he attended a nine-month course in electrical plus a four-year apprenticeship program, eventually becoming a journeyman electrician. He has worked all over the province for fifty years, the latter twenty-five years employed by the provincial government as technical services inspector.
He married Mabel Lynette Turner of Happy Adventure, Newfoundland, at St. Alban’s Church in Burnside in 1966. They have two children, Lynette and Robert, and four grandchildren.
Flanker Press is a bright spark in the Newfoundland and Labrador publishing scene. As the province’s most active publisher of trade books, the company now averages twenty new titles per year, with a heavy emphasis on regional non-fiction and historical fiction.
The mission of Flanker Press is to provide a quality publishing service to the local and regional writing community and to actively promote its authors and their books in Canada and abroad.
Now located in Paradise, Flanker Press has grown from a part-time venture in 1994 to a business with eight full-time employees. In the fall of 2004, Flanker Press launched a new imprint, Pennywell Books. This imprint includes literary fiction, short stories, young adult fiction, and children’s books.
Flanker Press Ltd. PO Box 2522, Station C St. John's, NL A1C 6K1 Canada
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation for our publishing activities.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.