Digital Originals

In October, 2020, with pandemic conditions prohibiting the annual Celebration of Emerging Writers, WFNS celebrated the graduates of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program by sharing their work in video form, illustrated and animated by Nova Scotia visual artists.

  • Bev Shaw reading “Undertow,” with animation by Anna Quon
  • Brad Donaldson reading “Away,” with illustration by Patrick McWade
  • Joanne Gallant reading an excerpt from her memoir, with videography by Catherine Bussiere
  • Angela Bowden reading “Black Boy Guilty” and “The Belly of the Beast,” with artwork by Doretta Groenendyk
  • Sandra Murdock reading “No is a Complete Sentence,” with illustration by Marijke Simons
  • Katie Cameron reading “Anticipatory Grief” and “Fences,” with animation by Paton Francis
  • Sue Murtagh reading “Lost Purse,” with illustration by Belle DeMont


The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts for its investment in the creation of these videos through its Digital Originals initiative.

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