Kathy Kaulbach lives and works in Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia. Originating as a graphic designer, she worked in museums and as a freelancer for many years doing a variety of print and exhibit work in the educational and publishing fields. She has illustrated over a dozen children’s books and designed over 200 publications. After an eight year pause in her children’s illustration, Kathy returned in 2006, as HildaRose, to her ‘soul work’ in the children’s publishing industry. In a mix of both traditional and digital, her work continues to be humourous and energetic with the usual odd batch of characters.
I am a Mi’kmaq member from the Bear River First Nation. After graduating from Dalhousie University in 1990, I worked for two major Mi’kmaq organizations spanning over 10 years. Spent several years after that working as a First Nation Educator and Advisor. Was fortunate to hold the position of Band Chief in our community during the term 2007 – 2009. I presently work as a Mi’kmaq Indigenous Student Support Worker for the Halifax Regional Centre of Education. My writing career began 22 years ago involving three books being published about First Nation culture – The Sharing Circle, L’nu’k and The Gathering.
Hugh R. MacDonald is a writer of fiction, and a singer/songwriter. Hugh has been a member of the Writers Union of Canada and the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) for many years. His YA novel, Trapper Boy was published by Cape Breton University Press, and the sequel entitled Us and Them waas released in October 2016. Hugh is a graduate of Cape Breton University, and worked in the human services field for 25 plus years, and is now happily retired.
September 2017 — “Trapper Boy” was included in the Reading Nova Scotia publication of “150 Books of Influence” in Nova Scotia–see the link below, which will redirect you to the site. You may have to copy and paste the link.
Hugh’s song, “Trapper Boy,” that he wrote prior to the novel of the same name, has been added to the repertoire of the world famous Men of the Deeps, and was included on their 50th Anniversary Compilation CD, which was released in April 2016. Hugh’s version of his song, “Trapper Boy” can be found here: https//www.youtube.com/watch?v=37GBaudAgZA&t=4s
Hugh’s song “A Cape Breton Lament” (written and performed by Hugh) was included on the CD Cape Breton Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest, produced by Dr. Richard MacKinnon (Cape Breton University). See the Youtube link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZpCDIqbZ20.
Trapper Boy was selected by Dr. Patrick Howard of Cape Breton University’s Education Department as a novel around which to develop a Teacher Resource. The resource is currently available at no charge for teachers using Trapper Boy.
Hugh is a member of the Writers in the Schools (WITS) program through WFNS. Hugh enjoys going into schools to meet with young people and sharing his passion for writing. His presentation includes readings from his work, using his songs and his videos to share thoughts on his writing process, and encouraging young people to try their own hand at writing. WITS grade levels P-12.
Originally from the UK, Jacqueline has lived in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, for over thirty years. She has written five highly acclaimed books, mostly inspired by her love of the ocean, ships and all things maritime.
Her latest book, Piper was short listed for the 2019 prestigious TD Geoffrey Bilson award for Children’s Historical fiction. Explosion Newsie and Bluenose Adventure tell the story of local historical events in a school-aged picture book format, and a sequel to The Terrible Horrible Smelly Pirate, co-authored by Carrie Muller is due to be released in 2022. Her first book, a war time story called Peggy’s Letters is now available on Tumble Books
Jacqueline has an art college background, a degree in English and before becoming a full-
time writer, worked for many years in the Youth Services department of the Alderney Gate Library in Dartmouth. As part of an imaginative team of programmers, she created literary based programs for children of all ages. These programs were presented in library branches throughout the Halifax Public Library system.
Her love of hiking, splashy boat rides, history, beaches, and taking care of the environment led her to join the “Friends of McNabs Island Society.” She now sits on the Board, takes part in the massive annual beach clean-up and leads groups of visitors on interpretive hikes around the beautiful, historic island in Halifax harbour.
Jacqueline has taken part in the Writer’s in the School programs for over a decade. She is inspired by the students she meets and really enjoys sharing her perspective of seeing history through the eyes of a child.
Shauntay Grant is a writer and performance artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University, and as Halifax’s third poet laureate she organized Canada’s first national gathering of Canadian poets laureate. An award-winning author of children’s literature, Shauntay’s picture book Africville with illustrator Eva Campbell was a finalist for a 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award and a 2019 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award. Her other honours include a Best Atlantic-Published Book prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, a Poet of Honour prize from Spoken Word Canada, and a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Shauntay’s work has earned her invitations to present at local and international events including Canada’s national Word On The Street festivals, the Vancouver Writers Festival, Ottawa’s Versefest, Moncton’s Frye Festival, Toronto’s Luminato Festival, Australia’s National Young Writers’ Festival, the Jamaica Poetry Festival, and the 10th Anniversary Launch of the Freedom Schooner Amistad in Havana, Cuba. Her plays have been presented by 2b theatre (Halifax), Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Eastern Front Theatre (Halifax), Black Theatre Workshop (Montreal), and b current (Toronto). Her poems have been published in several anthologies and literary journals including the Fieldstone Review and Contemporary Verse 2: The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing.
Shauntay is a descendant of Black Loyalists, Jamaican Maroons, and Black Refugees who came to Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries. Her love of language stretches back to her storytelling roots in Nova Scotia’s historic Black communities, and her homegrown artistic practice embraces African Nova Scotian history and folk culture, as well as contemporary approaches to literature and performance. She is a multidisciplinary artist with professional degrees and training in creative writing, music, and theatre. Connect with her on Facebook or join the Mailing List to stay updated on her latest news.
- My Hair Is Beautiful (Nimbus, 2019)
- Africville (Groundwood, 2018)
- The Walking Bathroom (Nimbus, 2017)
- Apples and Butterflies (Nimbus, 2012).
- The City Speaks In Drums (Nimbus, 2010)
- Up Home (Nimbus, 2008).
- Governor General’s Literary Award finalist; Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards finalist; Joseph S. Stauffer Prize; Ann Connor Brimer Award finalist; Spoken Word Canada Poet of Honour; Best Atlantic Published Book Prize; Hackmatack Awards finalist.