Alicia Priest was born in the remote Yukon community of Mayo in August 1953 and spent her early childhood years in Elsa, an even more remote Yukon mining town. After moving to Vancouver in 1963, Alicia attended John Oliver High School. After initial training and work as a registered nurse, Alicia travelled to Europe and spent a year in France. Upon return she pursued an anthropology degree at the University of British Columbia
where her passion for writing deepened. Over the years, this took her in many directions. She wrote poetry, became an accomplished award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist, and did radio documentaries.
Her work has appeared in The Vancouver Sun, The Province, The Globe and Mail, CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, The Georgia Straight, Vancouver Magazine and Today’s Parent among others.
She lives in Victoria, BC, with husband Ben Parfitt, also a writer, and their two cats and one dog. Their daughter Charlotte, whose artistic talents continue to blossom, is enrolled in the fine arts (dance) program at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University.
Between 2012 and 2013, Alicia accomplished a lifelong dream and wrote a book about her childhood years growing up in Elsa, her father’s involvement in a record-setting theft of ore and the legal troubles that followed, and the subsequent fallout for her and her family. In September 2014, A Rock Fell on the Moon: Dad and the Great Yukon Silver Ore Heist, was published by Harbour Publishing.