is a novelist and short story writer whose work has appeared in anthologies and literary journals in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia.
In 2019, his novel, The Last Hockey Player, was shortlisted for the Whistler Independent Book Awards in the fiction category. In 2016, his biography, Rebel With A Cause: The Doc Nikaido Story, was longlisted for the Whistler Independent Book Awards in the non-fiction category.
In 2013 his short story, Tommy’s Mother, was shortlisted for the Writer’s Union of Canada’s Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers.
Bretton was a journalist for more than 20 years at the Chronicle-Herald and The Daily News in Halifax and The Telegram in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He is the winner of two Atlantic Journalism awards and the former Editor of both The Daily News and The Telegram.
He also worked in communications for the Government of Nova Scotia for 16 years. Bretton lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife, Karen Shewbridge.