Antonia Banyard

Antonia (Toni) Banyard is terrible at every sport except swimming. She can float with the best of them, and competed in synchronized swimming throughout high school and university. One of her first jobs was as a lifeguard and swimming instructor.

Toni also drinks a lot of water, and got very thirsty while writing Water Wow!: An Infographic Exploration (2016). Presumably, she also likes to eat and got very hungry writing her latest book in collaboration with Paula Ayer: Eat Up! An Infographic Exploration of Food (Spring 2017).

Toni was born in South Africa, and moved to Canada with her family when she was four years old. She is the youngest, so she is the only one in her family with a Canadian accent.

There weren’t a lot of kids’ books in the local library when she was a kid, so Toni read the whole Little House series seven times.

She started her writing career in Grade 3, when her mother typed up three copies of her story “How the Grinch Stole Easter.” This was before computers, so her mother used a typewriter and carbon paper. One copy was sent out to a school organization, and was later published in their anthology of student writing. This early success led Toni to believe that it was really easy to get published, so she kept writing (terrible poetry and silly stories) throughout high school and university. Unfortunately, the “getting published” part hasn’t always been easy, but she still loves the writing part.

While she lived in Vancouver, Toni was a member of the Seven Sisters Writing Group. The Sisters self-published two anthologies, performed at the Vancouver International Writer’s Festival (twice), Word on the Street, and did readings around Vancouver and the Kootenays. She has also written Dangerous Crossings! (2007) and an adult novel, Never Going Back (2010).

Toni has two degrees in Creative Writing – a bachelor’s from the University of Victoria, and a master’s from the University of Queensland. While in Brisbane, Queensland, she loved swimming in outdoor pools.

Toni has worked in book publishing and graphic design for over twenty years. She now lives in Nelson, BC, near the beautiful Kootenay Lake, with her husband and two young daughters. She is working on a history of her family in Africa.

Annick Press books
by Antonia Banyard