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.

In 2019 he worked with documentary film director Charles Currie to make a film based on his book, “Distinction Earned, Cape Breton Boxing’s Golden Era” which was shown at numerous venues, on Eastlink TV and can now be found on YouTube.

Paul also writes short fiction, book reviews, newspaper and magazine articles and one-act plays. He has four plays and co-written three 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 three most recent plays are The Venetian Gardens (2013), Wraslin (2015) and Solstice (2018).

In 2020 he completed writing the script for Donair, the Musical with songs and music by Duncan Wells. It is scheduled for release as a multi-part podcast in March 2021 and hopefully on stage in the fall of 2021 (CoVID permitting) in Sydney and Halifax.

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

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 and arts community members 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 Sciences Department at Cape Breton University.


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

Local history pieces

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.

Paul Zann

Paul is a versatile author: adult novel: A Real Son of a ‘Vitch; children’s books: The Aussie Six in Canada, The Aussie Six in Australia, The Aussie Six in Spain, and The Weirdest Class; book of satirical essays: You’ve Gotta be Kidding!; plays: Strike! and The Parasite/s; poetry book: Crouching at the Keyhole; numerous poems and stories in Canadian, U.S., Australian, and Spanish journals.



George Elliot Clarke

George Elliott Clarke, inaugural E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto, was born near the Black Loyalist community of Windsor Plains, Nova Scotia, and raised in Halifax. The son of William and Geraldine Clarke, Clarke holds an Honours B.A. in English from the University of Waterloo, an M.A. in English from Dalhousie University and a Ph.D. in English from Queen’s University. He practices poetry, politics and journalism.

George’s poetry is written in a lyrical style, frequently alluding to religious, Black Loyalist heritage. While he has studied the Black literature of many countries, he gives special attention to Nova Scotia. The editor of a two-volume anthology of local Africadian writing, Fire on the Water (Pottersfield Press, 1991), George has written lyrics for the folk-gospel quartet Four the Moment. His poetic Whylah Falls was part of the 1996 CBC Radio Drama series and an acclaimed stage play in 1997 and 2000. It was also staged, in Italian, in Venice, Italy in 2002.

In 1998, he was the first recipient of the prestigious Portia White Prize, an annual award from the Nova Scotia Arts Council. Named after one of Nova Scotia’s pre-eminent musical pioneers, the Prize recognizes cultural and artistic excellence. In commenting on the prize winner, the Honourable Russell MacLellan, Premier of Nova Scotia, said, “Dr. Clarke was selected because he represents one of our best. As such, he is honoured with the most prestigious award that can be presented in Nova Scotia to a Nova Scotian artist.”

In 2001, Clarke won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry for his collection Execution Poems , published by the Gaspereau Press. The Canada Council for the Arts poetry jury commented the “Execution Poems is raging, gristly, public – and unflinchingly beautiful. Clarke plays with rhyme, theatre and the shape of the book showing us justice as official speech perpetrates it and as ordinary speech registers it. He harnesses the pain in the history of racism and pours it into explosive, original language.”

His books have been translated into Chinese, Romanian, and Braille.


Alice Walsh

Alice Walsh graduated fron St. Mary’s University with a degree in Criminology and English, and from Acadia with a master’s degree in Children’s Literature. She has worked as a preschool teacher, probation officer, creative writing instructor and hospital ward clerk.

Alice has written numerous articles and short stories for newspapers, magazines and literary journals, and has written educational material for various publications. Her published work includes a non-fiction book for adults, as well as four children’s books. She has won the Childen’s Book Centre Our Choice Award and has been nominated twice for the Hackmatack Award. In 2005, her book Pomiuk; Prince of the North won the Ann Connor Brimer award.

Deannie Sullivan-Fraser

Deannie Sullivan-Fraser loves to help children find and tell their own family stories. Deannie’s writing centers on family and focuses on mainly on children. Johnny and the Gypsy Moth, published by Creative Publishing in St. John’s, Newfoundland and illustrated by co-pilot Kathy HildaRose Kaulbach, is based on an amazing event in her young father’s life. She is the author of a family musical, Time Shadows, where she wrote the play and the music. One of the songs, Making Tracks, was recorded for Sesame Street. Two other songs, I Had a Place and You’re my World, were recorded by the Ontario group, Arane. Deannie is currently taking her Master’s in Atlantic Canada Studies, at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. Her thesis is Plants, Patent Medicines, Poultices and Pills: Home Medicine of Rose Blanche, Newfoundland. She has worked as an associate producer, production assistant and researcher for CBC Radio’s Mainstreet, a researcher for television for shows such as Reinventing Rituals, Marrying Well, Street Cents, Land & Sea and CBC special documentaries series, as well as historical feature film, Butterbox Babies. Deannie has also written articles for The Chronicle Herald and various other publications.

Carol Sinclair

Carol is writing a book entitled, The Darling Cannibals.  She’s also an editor with Editors’ Association of Canada. Her forte is dialogue and character dynamic. She has been an actor and playwright in eight provinces for 35 years.

Recent projects are: The Last Bean Supper, about the loss of women volunteers with the closing of our churches, Far Flung, about immigrants setting up in rural Canada, and Vis Viva, about the women in early science. She was invited as Atlantic rep of the Canadian delegation to an international gathering of female playwrights in Mumbai, India, for her hard-hitting drama, Come Unto Me, about a social worker who turns vigilante when a kiddie porn pervert is publically named and then sent home to await trial.

Carol has combined writing and performance for TV as an issue satirist on Rita Deverell’s Skylight Series for Vision TV. Three early years at Second City forged her conviction that humour propels message.  Screenplays of  her all-female cast comedy Idyll Gossip and the highly romantic comedy, The Summer of the Handley-Page have been funded by Ontario Film Development and Telefilm.  The latter script was also produced for national radio by CBC, as was her one-woman tour de force, Brownie from Hell. She has been, for fourteen years, director of Sinc Ink. She is currently fund-raising to produce her adaptation of ScotiaGiller prize-winner Linden MacInyre’s novel, Causeway.

Ship’s Company Theatre premiered her play, Ferry Tales, her play, Share, and her large-cast comedy, The Summer of the Handley-Page.  Another huge-cast piece, Firefly, was staged at Dal Theatre as well as the Blyth Festival.

She has been writer in residence at St. FX, and with Dalhousie’s Medical Humanities, where she wrote Défense de Fumer, which toured Nova Scotia, Ottawa, Vancouver, Charlottetown, Saint John, and Arviat, Rankin Inlet and Iqaluit, Nunavut.

A multiple recipient of awards from Canada Council’s Writing and Theatre Sections, and the Provincial Councils of Ontario and NS, and the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, her other professionally produced plays include Young Hate (GG nominated) Brownie From Hell  (Crow’s Theatre, Toronto), Firefly (Blyth Festival, Blyth, ON) Idyll Gossip, Presents and Old Boots (Mulgrave Road Theatre, NS), Hansel & Gretel & Handsome & Grateful  (Festival Antigonish).

Professional productions have been as far-reaching as Toscana, Italy; Galway, Ireland; Perth, Australia; Cape Town, South Africa; London, England; Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia; and in Cincinnati, US, as well as in every province in Canada and Nunavut. Carol is a member of WIF-T Atlantic, the Editors’ Association of Canada, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and ACTRA.

Darcy Rhyno

Darcy Rhyno writes fiction, non-fiction and plays. His NEW fantasy novel for upper elementary readers “The Underworld Magician” is due to be published in fall, 2014.

He is the author most recently of the pre-teen fantasy novel set in 1950’s Halifax called THE UNDERWORLD MAGICIAN. He’s also the author of the YA novel MONSTERS OF SUBURBIA, which is a realism adventure story with themes of bullying, isolation, estrangement and myth. This novel is suitable for junior high readers. He has also published two collections of short stories, CONDUCTOR OF WAVES and HOLIDAYS. He has a column with Saltscapes magazine called Roots and Folks and writes for the website He is an award-winning travel writer and a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada who has published hundreds of articles with Saltscapes, Canadian Geographic Travel, BBC Travel and more. His play Snowbirds, a comedy set at Christmas, has been produced twice in Nova Scotia.  

Conductor of Waves is a collection of 12 stories set in a fictional Nova Scotia fishing community. The Globe and Mail called it “a strikingly accomplished collection.” His first novel for children placed second in the Atlantic Writing Competition. As a columnist for Saltscapes magazine, Darcy writes the back page for each issue, prepares feature articles and writes for special publications about travel, food and other topics. He writes for other magazines and newspapers as well. One of the stories in his next collection called Holidays was published in The Vagrant Revue of New Fiction, an anthology of work by the most promising writers in Atlantic Canada.

For most of his career, Darcy has worked in education and with children. A teacher and arts worker by profession, he has worked with many schools and teachers across the province, as well as with artists from all genres. He is also a part time instructor in the graduate program of the Faculty of Education at Mount St. Vincent University and the part time General Manager of the Osprey Arts Centre in Shelburne. His readings and workshops are always engaging, informative and entertaining. See his website at


Susan McMaster

Almost a decade ago, poet Susan McMaster and her husband Ian found a beautiful summer home in Minasville on the Fundy shore, where they now spend much of each summer, returning to Ottawa each winters. Susan was the president of the League of Canadian Poets (2011-12), and is the author or editor of some 30 poetry books, anthologies, and periodicals, including recordings with First Draft, SugarBeat, and Geode Music & Poetry. Recent collections completed in Nova Scotia include Haunt>, Lizard Love: Artists scan poems by Susan McMaster, Pith & Wry: Canadian Poetry (ed.), Paper Affair: Poems Selected & New, and The Gargoyle’s Left Ear: Writing in Ottawa. Crossing Arcs: Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me, which both began and was finished in Minasville, was shortlisted for the the national Acorn-Plantos award and Lampman Poetry Prize, as well as the Ottawa Book Award.

Susan has presented her poetry across Canada and abroad, and broadcast on such shows as WordBeat, Go!, Richardson’s Roundup, As It Happens, and Morningside. Other projects include founding the national feminist and arts magazine Branching Out; writing “Dangerous Graces: Women’s Poetry on Stage” for the Great Canadian Theatre Company, “Dark Galaxies” for the National Arts Centre Atelier, and “Poetry in the Park,” for the summer festival in Ottawa. She organized “Convergence: Poems for Peace”, a millennial project to bring poetry and art from across Canada to all Parliamentarians in 2001. Convergence included a selection by Nova Scotian Carole Glasser Langille.

McMaster enjoys collaboration, and her poetry has inspired works by many artists and composers. She is grateful for a warm welcome into the Nova Scotia literary world through readings arranged by Marc Petersen at the Acoustic Maritime Music Festival (with bassist Alrick Huebener), Heather Pyrcz at Acadia University, Jeannette Lynes at St Francis-Xavier, David Rimmington at the Seahorse Tavern, Susan Sweet and Gwen Frankton at Galley 215, Doris Hagmann at the Avon Emporium, Kelly Bingham at Bing’s Eatery, the jams at the Minasville Community Centre and elsewhere, and Scott Rines and Kennetcook School. In 2006, Susan read her poem, written 25 years earlier, “Today, I turned everything around” and drank a glass of champagne with neighbours and friends and the crew who had just lifted her house up with two cranes, moved it 80 feet, and turned it around so 12 of 17 windows now open to views of the sea.

M. Adele Megann

Adele Megann is a Newfoundlander based in Halifax. Her short fiction has been published in many Canadian and US reviews and anthologies. As an active member of the writing community, Adele won several awards, emceed readings, and taught creative writing. She has given over thirty readings and interviews. Adele lived several years in Calgary, where she was part of the Pack of Liars writing workshop, and was a fiction editor of Dandelion magazine. After moving to Nova Scotia in 1999, Adele participated in Writers in the Schools throughout the province.

She has performed twice in the Playwrights in Performance Cabaret. She has written curriculum guides for Exodus Theatre Society and coordinated their school matinees. In the summer of 2005, she was awarded a grant by the Province of Nova Scotia to write a play. In addition to the literary publication credits listed here, she has also contributed several articles to an Irish magazine called Set Dancing News.

Adele’s day jobs usually involve teaching. She has taught diverse subjects to children and adults, including those with disabilities. Currently, she is a music teacher. She plays several instruments and sings, usually in the context of traditional Irish music. And she once owned a candle-making business called Beesworks Chandlery.



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