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Thibault Jacquot-Paratte

From the Annapolis Valley. Travelled across North Amrica, Europe, India, Japan, Cameroon, Tunisia. Bachelor’s of Nordic studies from the Sorbonne in 2016, Master’s in sociology in 2017; year of study in Tromsø, Norway, Study certificate from the University of Vaasa (Fi.), and The Askov Folkehøjskole (DK.).

Started publishing poetry in 2010, has since published poetry, short stories, essays, and theatre in both English and French, in Canada and in Europe. His first three plays were published in Paris in 2016-2017. In 2017, co-directed and co-wrote one film (in Denmark) ; Tallinn, hvor smuk du er. Also a musician and a songwriter, has had the opportunity to play in Canada, France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, India and japan, and has produced a certain number of recordings. He has also been invited as an official poet as certain events, such as one of the official poets of the SNA at the 2019 CMA, in Moncton. 

David Wimsett

David A. Wimsett works include poetry, fiction and non-fiction. He examines relationships between people and explores women’s issues in many of his works by placing characters in situations where they expose their nature while moving stories forward. He enjoys creating literary and genre fiction with the belief that good writing is good writing, no matter the form.

David is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Canadian Freelance Guild and the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia on the Writers’ Council.

Marcia Harding

BIO:  Marcia Pierce grew up in Lockeport, N.S.  When she was fifteen, her family moved to Liverpool where she met her future husband, Craig Harding. After completing their university education, they returned to Liverpool where they raised two children and lots of lab puppies.

Education: Acadia University – B.Sc. in Psychology (1970)   B.Ed. (1971) Honours

Mt. St. Vincent University – Masters of Education (1993) Senate Medal of Distinction

During her 33 years as an elementary school teacher, she enjoyed writing, directing and producing plays with her students.

While serving as a board member for The Astor Theatre, Winds of Change (Drama Group) and Liverpool ‘s International Theatre Festival, she co-produced several stage plays, including Mermaid’s Tale (winning entry in LITF 2014).

Helping to organize and promote fundraisers for the Astor Theatre, her proudest achievement was A TRIBUTE TO SABLE ISLAND. Zoe Lucas held the audience spellbound with her amazing SLIDES of wild horses projected on the BIG screen. Performances included sea-themed songs by soloists and the Girls Choir, readings, displays of photographs and paintings and a reception – something for everyone. Full house!   

To honour her cherished friend, Joyce Barkhouse, author of Pit Pony, Marcia produced the Pit Pony Audio Book in cooperation with actor/narrator Richard Donat.

As a certified fitness instructor, Marcia taught a variety of exercises classes in Queens County over the years. Her interests include dancing, hiking, skating, swimming, sailing, and best of all, walking Summerville Beach with her family and their dogs.

Jacqueline Dumas

Jacqueline Dumas’s latest novel is The Heart Begins Here, (Inanna Publications, 2018).

Her previous writing experience includes two published novels: Madeleine & the Angel (Fifth House, 1989); The Last Sigh (Fifth House, 1993); a children’s picture book: And I’m Never Coming Back(Annick Press, 1986); and a one-act play, Secrets,whichwas produced at the 2013 Edmonton International Fringe Festival.

 

She was born in Alberta and spent most of her working life there. She has extensive experience in the book business, including ownership and management of two Edmonton bookshops over the years, most recently Orlando Books (1993-2002), a progressive bookstore that specialized in post-colonial issues, cultural studies, feminisms, queer studies, and literature from small presses.

 

When Orlando Books closed, Dumas went back to school and obtained a Master of Education in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Alberta. She has since taught English at Grant MacEwan University, the University of Alberta, and Dalhousie University. She has also designed and facilitated creative writing workshops and served as coordinator of the Writer-in-Exile program for the City of Edmonton.

 

She moved to Nova Scotia in July 2013.

 

 

Dian Day

Dian Day is the author of the award-winning novel The Clock of Heaven and the recently-published The Madrigal. She lives in rural Pictou County in a 150-year-old farmhouse, surrounded by apple orchard, vegetable garden, hayfield, and quiet. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University, and works part-time doing research, writing and editing contracts.

Dian is also working on her third novel, Tintamarre.

Shelley Thompson

Shelley Thompson is a writer, director and award winning performer, alumnus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (UK) and recent (2015) alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre in the screenwriter lab. In 2015/16 her first short film DAWG played at film festivals across North America winning Audience Choice and Best International Short at two (of several.) Her new short, Bats, will premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival, Sept 2016, before starting its festival travels. Her stage play Leaving Wonderland premiered in Halifax Sept 2015. and is now a screenplay, recently added to the slate of Wreck House Films for development. Her poems and stories have been included in anthologies and broadcast nationally, her children’s plays performed by amateurs and professionals. In November 2015, Arts Nova Scotia presented Thompson with an Established Artist Recognition Award. Favourite work both sides of the Atlantic include: Labyrinth with David Bowie, directed by Jim Henson; seasons at the Royal National Theatre and in the West End; working with acclaimed Canadian director Michael Langham on Twelfth Night (Viola) and the Tempest (Ariel); working as Barb Lahey in one of Canada’s best loved Trailer Parks, and working with Mike Melski and three other aspiring screenwriters as one of the Atlantic Film Festival’s Script Unit and Pitch event, 2016.  Thompson works in Halifax and Toronto,  is the proud parent to singer/songwriter T. Thomason, and a champion of LGBTQ issues.

Rachel Cooper

Rachel is a freelance writer, editor and instructor with 20+ years’ experience. Clients include fiction and memoir authors, businesses, government, not-for-profits, and universities.

Alison Smith

Born and raised on the South Shore, Alison lived in Quebec, Ontario and Japan before settling down in New Germany with her husband and two sons. Alison has a BA and MA in English Literature from Acadia University where she received the Bittner Award for Creative Writing in 1996.  

Alison has published two collections of poetry, The Wedding House (2001) and Six Mats and One Year (2003), as well as a chapbook, Fishwork, Dear (2010), with Gaspereau Press. Her work has also appeared (or is forthcoming) in the literary journals Lemon Hound, Event, Pottersfield Portfolio, The Gaspereau Review, Fjords, Rusty Toque, and Guernica.

Paul MacDougall

Paul is the author of Distinction Earned, (2011) published by Cape Breton University Press. Paul researched the boxing era in Cape Breton and collected dozens of interviews from participants, enthusiasts and their heirs. The book’s title is taken from a citation of Cape Breton boxers at a Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame investiture in 1987. It was a Nova Scotia best selling book for five months.

Paul also writes short fiction, book reviews, newspaper and magazine articles and one-act plays. He has co-written and written six plays all of which were originally produced at the Elizabeth Boardmore One Act Play Festival and five have won the Boardmore Prize for Best Original Script. His two most recent plays are The Venetian Gardens (2013) and Wraslin (2015).

He conducts outdoor writing workshops in unique locations, and in local high schools, teaches an introductory non-credit writers’ class at Cape Breton University, has organized a book club for the CBU Seniors College, and is a long standing member of the local CBC radio book panel.

He writes a monthy column for the Cape Breton Post entitled “The Sporting Life” and is the host of “The Good Sentence” an almost weekly radio program on “Dialogue” on The Coast 89.7 FM (Bell FibreOp station 773 and streaming online) in which he interviews local authors about their recent works.

He also gives lectures and presentations on his work to interested groups.

Paul is a registered microbiologist, certified environmental practitioner and a Senior Instructor in the Health Studies and Engineering depts. at Cape Breton University.

WRITING AWARDS

Geist Magazine Time Zones short story writing contest. Made short list. 2015

The Venetian Gardens (play) Boardmore Prize for Best Original Script 2013.

Rockabye Baby (play) Boardmore Prize for Best Original Script 2009.

Ave Maria (play) Boardmore Prize for Best Original Script 2008. Co-written with Ken Chisholm.

All Souls’ Eve (play) Boardmore Prize for Best Original Script 2007. Co-written with Ken Chisholm.

O Night Divine (play) Boardmore Prize for Best Original Script 2005. Co-written with Ken Chisholm.

Chemical Difference (play) Best Play from another source (a short story of mine) Boardmore One-Act Play Festival 2003. Co written with Ken Chisholm.

Gambit (short story) Indigo Books contest 2nd place winner 2003

Double Double (short story) WFNS 2nd Place winner 1992

 

Some interesting online publications of Paul’s

The Sporting Life, my monthly column in CB Post

http://www.capebretonpost.com/section/2016-01-25/article-4415095/Cycling-with-the-Italians/1

http://www.capebretonpost.com/Sports/2015-05-15/article-4147050/Sydney-Millionaires-on-Stanley-Cup-forever/1

Local history pieces

http://www.shunpiking.com/bhs/longwalk.htm

http://www.shunpiking.com/bhs/Marcus-gar.htm

Book reviews

Off the Rack

 

 

Mark Finnan

Mark is the author of a series of books dealing with mysteries of early Canadian(east coast) history (Oak Island Secrets, The Sinclair Saga, The First Nova Scotian). His book about the world famous Oak Island mystery explores the possible involvement of seventeenth century Freemasonry or Rosicrucianism. He is also one of the authors chosen for a collection of essays (The View Beyond) on the life, thought and times of the renowned Elizabethan visionary Sir Francis Bacon.

His documentary scripts for television (The Curse of Oak Island, The Prince and the Grail) have been presented on the History Channel and on Vision TV.

Born in Irelend, he became interested in theatre while still a student. After a stint studying at the Stanislavsky Studio in London, England he returned to Dublin to pursue an acting career and later performed in plays in a number of Dublin area theatres. His first play, Once Upon Eternity, a political satire, was presented by the Dublin Theatre Festival. He came to Nova Scotia in 1991 following a ten year stretch as a broadcaster and performing arts presenter in southern Ontario (Cobourg. Port Hope, Trenton). 

In Nova Scotia he also resumed playwriting and acting and has since written and performed in a series of historically based works that combine story with traditional music and song (The Blind Shantyman, The Ballad of D’Arcy McGee, The Corktown Man, Without the Shedding of Blood). He has also written and performed a series of one-man sacred dramas (The Messiah Mystery, The Master and the Essenes, John at Ephesus), which have been performed in the U.S., Ireland as well as in Canada. In addition he developed a dramatic narrative for actors to accompany Bach’s St. Mathew’s Passion, performed with full orchestra and chorus.

The Boy who sailed to the Stars. his recently completed story for children ageed 9-12 is soon be published.

He has conducted writing workshops in a number of high-schools and for adult educational/recreational programmes, including ElderHostel. Over the years his work has been supported by a number of provincial and federal government grants.

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