Martine Jacquot is a prolific writer who writes in French but can make presentations in either French or English. She has published 30 books so far (novels, poetry, short-stories, essays and novels for young readers).
She has been invited to many literary events across Canada and abroad, namely to Lafayette’s book festival during the 2nd World Acadian Congress in 1999, to Tunisia to attend a panel of women writers in 2000, the International Poetry Festival in Trois-Rivières, the Northrop Frye International Literary Festival and to the Paris Book Fair in 2004 and 2006.
She did several reading tours: Tunisia in 2000, Russia and Cameroon in 2008, Morocco in 2010, Roumania in 2011, India in 2012.
She holds several degrees: BA from La Sorbonne, Paris, 3 MA degrees from La Sorbonne, Acadia and Dalhousie, a BJ from the University of Kings College and a PHD from Dalhousie University. She has studied and lived in France, England, Switzerland and Canada.
Past Vice President of the Association des Écrivains Acadiens, past president of the Conseil Culturel Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse, she has been on many editorial committees, member of several juries, has received creation grants and travel grants both from the Canada Council for the arts and the NS Arts Council. Her novel Les oiseaux de nuit finissent aussi par s’endormir was short listed for the Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie award. She was thrice finalist for the Éloizes awards, once as a writer, and twice as a cultural journalist. She was shortlisted for the France-Acadie Award three times for Au Gré du Vent (2006), Le jardin d’herbes aromatiques (2006) and Le silence de la neige (2008). She won the Award Prix Européen de l’ADELF with a special mention 2007 for Au gré du vent. She has also been chosen on 2 occasions to advise beginning authors, once by the Talent Trust of NS, once by the Association des auteurs de l’Ontario. Some of her poems and short stories have been broadcast on SRC. One of her stories was staged in Ottawa at the Théâtre Trillium. She was a member of the Board of Governors of the NS Museum for 12 years and an author in residence with the ArtsInfusion program and Fecane program
Her articles and interviews have appeared in LittéRéalité, Ancrage, Arcade, Alpha Arts magazine, Eloizes, Femmes d’Action, The Fiddlehead, Liason, Studies in Canadian Literature, Vent’d’est, Waves, Ashtarowt and Al Quds, among others. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Concerto pour huit voix, La Diversité: 15 nouvelles francophones á travers le monde, Ecphore Anthology 1987, Eloizes, Les Elytres du Hanneton, Herspectives, Liaison, Lieux d’être, Littéréalité, Les Maritimes, Mensuel, 25 Offerta Speziale, Poetry Halifax-Dartmouth, The Pottersfield Portfolio, Reflets Maritimes 2, Voices and Echoes: Stories and Poems of Women’s Spirituality, Walk through Paradise, La Poésie acadienne and Pour l’Amour de toi, among others. Some of her work is being translated into English, Russian, Portugese, Italian, Basque and Arabic.
Finalist, prix Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie 2012, Les oiseaux de nuit finissent aussi pas s’endormir
Finalist, Prix France-Acadie 2008, Le silence de la neige
Finalist, SRC award 2008 (La couleur du désir)
Finalist, prix Éloize as best cultural journalist 2007
Prix Européen de l’ADELF 2007 (Au gré du vent)
Finalist, prix France-Acadie 2006 (Au gré du vent)
Finalist, prix France-Acadie 2006 (Le Jardin d’herbes aromatiques)
Prix de la nouvelle, story staged in Ottawa (théâtre Trillium) 2001
Finalist, FCCF recognition award 2001
Finalist, prix Éloizes 2000 as best cultural journalist
Finalist, prix Éloizes 1999 as best writer 1999
Honorable mention, prix Grand-Pré, 1995
Honorable mention, prix Dr. René J. Fournier, 1992
Short story Liaison award, 1992
Prix de la Présidente, Société Culturelle du Haut Saint-Jean, 1990, Les nuits démasquées
Short story Liaison award, 1989
Finalist, international short-story contest, Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique, Paris, 1988
Honorable mention, Writers’ Federation of NS award, 1986