Photograph of Rae Bridgman by Dale Barbour
Photo by Dale Barbour


Once upon a time...

I grew up on a farm in Maple, Ontario with Black Aberdeen Angus cattle, and loved taking long walks across the fields and through the woods. I also spent hours in the loft of our old barn, dreaming and scheming. One day, I found a mysterious black medallion and a gold ring in an old chest in the corner of the barn. For years, I kept them hidden.

And long, long after the barn tumbled down...

When the time came to write and illustrate the MiddleGate Books, I remembered the black medallion and the gold ring —

Photograph of Rae Bridgman as a child with the family dog Thunder
When I was a child, we had a dog named Thunder



Rae St. Clair Bridgman is a Canadian author and illustrator of fantasy books for kids.

She is also co-director of the Winnipeg design studio BridgmanCollaborative Architecture, a professor in city planning at the University of Manitoba, and plays tuba in the Winnipeg amateur women's brass quintet Classy Brass.

She is a member of The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC), SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), CCBC (Canadian Children's Book Centre), and the Manitoba Writers' Guild.

She grew up on an old farm in Maple, Ontario north of Toronto, and earned her B.A. (classics) and Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto, and her Master's (interdisciplinary studies) and PhD (sociocultural anthropology) at York University.