BRIAN FAWCETT grew up in Prince George, B.C. and has lived in Vancouver since 1965. He studied English at Simon Fraser University and later worked as a community organizer and planner for seven years. He is currently teaching university English and Creative Writing in federal prisons. His important publications are Permanent Relationships (1975), and Creatures of State (1977). A major collection of verse, Aggressive Transport is forthcoming this fall from Talonbooks. (See also the Special Section in The Capilano Review 12). A sequel to Tristram's Book, entitled Tramtrist's Book, appears to be in progress.
JOOST BAKKER was born in 1945 in Curacao. He grew up in Toronto, where he studied Architecture at the University of Toronto. He is a co-author of the Granville Island Redevelopment in Vancouver, and co-designer of the public space there. His preoccupation, both as an artist and as a professional architect has been to address the widening gulf between individual needs and public symbolism. It is this common interest which brought him in contact at both levels with Brian Fawcett.
Tristram's Book was recorded on June 23rd, 1980 as a radio performance for five voices and was subsequently aired on CFRO 102.7 (FM) Vancouver Cooperative Radio on June 30th, 1980. Voices were Jon Furberg, Alban Goulden, Penelope Connell, Brian Fawcett, and Bill Schermbrucker. Al Neil accompanied the voices with piano improvisations.