Patti-Kay Hamilton, author of Jailbird is perhaps best known as a host, reporter and producer with CBC North. For thirty years she shared the stories and adventures of northern people. In 1985 she was a member of the team that won the Gabriel Award for excellence in radio journalism. Peter Gzowski praised Hamilton as a poet and a storyteller during an interview with Pamela Wallin on CTV. Before joining CBC Hamilton ran a dogteam on a trapline,worked as a river guide and baked butter tarts in her log home and delivered them to the Wildcat Cafe by skiff. She studied drama at the National Theatre School and creative writing at both the University of Guelph and Calgary. Since retiring Hamilton has been working on a collection of fictional short stories based on life around Yellowknife’s Old Town in the 70’s and several theatre projects. She lives in Fort Smith where she skis and paddles as much as possible with her husband and black lab.