I am a creative nonfiction writer, presently concentrating on travel memoir. My first book in this genre, Finding Myself in Borneo: Sojourns in Sabah, has won three awards and many 5-star reviews. It’s all about how I started my career as a volunteer teacher and filmmaker on that exotic island in Southeast Asia. My second travel memoir, Guns and Gods in My Genes is explained in its subtitle, A 15,000-mile North American search through four centuries of history, to the Mayflower.
More memoirs are also in the works, including one on my childhood and youth based on the humorous theme of trying to escape my polluted, industrial home town in Southern Ontario. I’m also writing another on my international career as a filmmaker, media producer, and cultural explorer, and am planning books on the American Southwest and Rocky Mountains. I like to travel, but always with a purpose.
I hold a BA in Psychology from the University of Calgary, Alberta (1968) and a Master of Science in Communication from Florida State University, Tallahassee (1988). During my career, I was employed by Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO); Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC); UNICEF; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; Academy for Educational Development and FHI 360, Washington, DC.
I worked and lived in Malaysia, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, and Russia for a total of 18 years and traveled to over 80 countries on short-term assignments. I am also the author of several books, articles and manuals on communication for development and the producer/director of many films, animated films, videos, and multi-media initiatives, many of which can be viewed on “Neill McKee on YouTube”