Silence Craves a Voice


Days of empire-building, while ignoring the needs of Mother Nature are gone. This poetry anthology pulls no punches, offering real images of nature which touch on the disturbing. But the book is also mindful of those whose hearts are heavy from the constant pounding by messages about human-caused destruction and irreversible damage to our natural environment. Presented in strikingly varied poetic styles and forms it is a must-read with an important message to hold strong and not lose hope.
While best known for his educational research papers and social-environmental articles, Neil Garvie is still the boy of his childhood wandering into the bush at every opportunity to discover gooseberry patches, garter snakes and dragonflies. Join him in a quest to hear the Silence.

Author and poet

Neil Garvie

Neil Garvie’s background includes twenty-five years teaching in reserve-inner city-suburb-ACTAL schools in Saskatchewan. His early writing experience was largely as a curriculum writer for SaskEd and his many professional articles in the areas of curriculum and instruction. (He has a Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory.) Neil has also written various magazines and newspaper articles addressing human rights and environmental issues. Besides his academic and philosophical background, Neil has been known for his love of kids and an off-the-wall sense of humour. Sadly, Vascular Parkinsonism forced his early retirement. In the last few years Neil has discovered his poetry and story writing voice. He is presently a resident of Vancouver Island. Read more about Neil.

Neil is a member of the FBCW, the Comox Valley Writers Society, and the Victoria Writers’ Society. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Silence Craves a Voice will go to support the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.


Neil’s poetry is pure magic. It transports you into the wonders of nature and makes you explore your own views of the world, and living in it.

– Pieter Vorster

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