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Emma FitzGerald

Emma FitzGerald was born in Southern Africa to Irish parents and grew up in Vancouver. She has studied both art and architecture, and is the author of Hand Drawn Halifax. She lives and draws in North End Halifax.

Theresa Meuse

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

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 works in the human service field.

September 2017 — “Trapper Boy” has been included in the Reading Nova Scotia publication of “150 Books of Influence” in Nova Scotia–see the link below.

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.  Most recently, 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.

Jackie Halsey

Jackie was born in London, England. After several globetrotting years she and her family discovered Nova Scotia and have lived here ever since.  She attended the West Sussex College of Art in England and as a mature student, graduated with honours from Mount Saint Vincent University. Before becoming a full-time writer, Jackie worked as a children’s programmer in the Youth Services department of Alderney Gate Library.  She has written six books. Her latest book Piperis a story about the brigantine Hector, that brought the first wave of Scottish immigrants to Nova Scotia.

Her first book, Peggy’s Letters, a short novel based on her Mother’s wartime stories, was a Canadian Children’s Book Center 2006, Our Choice starred selection. It was nominated for both the 2007 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award and the 2007 Rocky Mountain Children’s Book Award and was an Honour Book in the 2007 Silver Birch Express Award. Bluenose Adventure and Explosion Newsie are school-age picture books about child workers in Nova Scotia at the turn of the twentieth century. The Terrible Horrible Smelly Pirate, co-authored by Carrie Muller, is a rollicking piratical picture book which on local best seller lists for many weeks.

Jackie really enjoys being part of the Writers in the Schools program. She loves anything to do with the sea particularly, tall ships, beach walks, and whale watching. She and her husband live in a little old house overlooking Halifax Harbour. What better place to keep an eye out for Bluenose and rickerty-rackerty pirate ships.

Shauntay Grant

BIOGRAPHY

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.

PUBLICATIONS

  • 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).

AWARDS

  • 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.

Andre Fenton

Andre Fenton is an award-winning spoken word artist & filmmaker who has represented Halifax at 7 national poetry slams across Canada. He is currently on the board of directors of the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and a member at large on the board of Spoken Word Canada. He is an author of two books. Ode to Teen Angst and his new YA novel, Worthy of Love which was published by Formac. He is based in the Halifax area.

Pauline Dakin

I am a journalist who started my career in print with The Telegraph Journal in Saint John, NB and spent most of my journalism career as a health reporter with CBC National News and the host of the documentary program Atlantic Voice at CBC Nova Scotia. I now teach at the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax.

I have won awards for my journalism and documentaries from the CMA/CNA Awards, The Canadian Science Writers’ Association, the Washington-based National Press Foundation, The Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Atlantic Journalism Awards, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and the Radio Television Digital News Awards.

Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood (Viking/Penguin Random House Canada: 2017) is my first book. It was named one of the best 100 books of 2017 by The Globe and Mail, and was shortlisted for the BC Book Prize, the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Non-Fiction.

As part of the book tour to support the launch of Run, Hide, Repeat I was able to do readings across the country.

I am on Twitter at @paulinedakin and look forward to connecting!

Cate Carlyle

Cate Carlyle is an author and librarian living in Prospect, Nova Scotia. Cate began her career as a teacher and eventually transitioned to work in elementary school, academic and public libraries. Currently the Curriculum Resource Coordinator in the Faculty of Education Library at Mount Saint Vincent University, Cate also reviews children’s and young adult books for CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials. Cate’s first book, “Your Passport to International Librarianship” (ALA 2018) chronicled her international volunteer work and she has also had her fictional short stories published with one shortlisted by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia Nova Writes competition. Cate’s young adult novel “#NotReadyToDie” (Common Deer Press) was relased in 2019.

Charlotte Mendel

Author,  Teacher, Mother, Farmer

Charlotte has published two literary fiction books:

“Turn Us Again”, and  “A Hero”

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