Sheila Watson was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, in 1999. She took her B.A. (1931) and M.A. (1933) from the University of British Columbia, and then taught in the elementary and high schools on the B.C. mainland and on Vancouver Island before beginning further graduate studies in English literature at the University of Toronto after the Second World War.
In the early 1950s, Watson lived in Calgary, where she wrote much of her novel The Double Hook. In the same decade, she continued her graduate studies, working on Wyndham Lewis under the supervision of Marshall McLuhan.
In 1961 Watson joined the Department of English at the University of Alberta. With colleagues three, she was a founder and editor of White Pelican, an avant-garde journal of literature and the visual arts. She retired from teaching in 1975, and moved to Nanaimo, British Columbia.
In 1992 she published Deep Hollow Creek, a novel she had written in the late 1030s.
Sheila Watson died in Nanaimo, British Columbia, in 1998.
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