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Christy Ann Conlin

Christy Ann Conlin’s debut novel, Heave, was a national bestseller and one of the Globe and Mail‘s top books of 2002. Her second adult novel, The Memento, will be published by Doubleday in April 2016. Her first YA novella, Dead Time, will be come out with Annick Press in 2011. Her fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Best Canadian Stories. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of British Columbia where she wrote and studied fiction, stage and screenplay writing. She also holds a Bachelor of Education from Acadia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Ottawa. Her essays have appeared in numerous publications including Canadian Geographic, Geist and Chatelaine. Christy Ann is also a regular book reviewer for the Globe and Mail and is an online instructor with the University of Toronto. She lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Peggy Armstrong

Born in Weymouth, Nova Scotia, in 1929, Peggy holds degrees from King’s College and Acadia University and has taught school in Annapolis Royal. She has written plays, historical articles and contemporary profiles. Peggy has produced several stage plays and contributed numerous articles to Atlantic newspapers and magazines.

Recent works include a series of historical vignettes for the Port Royal 400th Anniversary Society. Also in production is a full-length stage play Forever Marie, commisioned by Kings Theater and sponsored by the Historical Association of Annapolis Royal. This play is based on the true story of Marie Maisonnat, a young Acadian girl who married a British officer after the capitulation of Port Royal in 1710.

Kent Baker

Novelist, short story writer, children’s author, broadcaster, and playwright, Kent Baker has taught writing and literature at universities and colleges in both Canada and the U.S. Kent, who has had a variety of creative work published or produced, is currently working on a variety of creative projects.

An MFA graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, Kent also has an Iowa MA in 19th Century English Literature, and a BA in Literature and Theatre from the University of Connecticut. His radio plays and satire were a feature of CBC radio in the 1970s.

Michael Bawtree

Michael Bawtree was born in Australia, raised and educated in Britain, and came to Canada in 1962. Michael has worked in Canadian theatre and television for over forty years. Founding artistic director of the Atlantic Theatre Festival in Wolfville, he has also served as associate director of the Stratford Festival and was for many years director of drama at Acadia University. He is the author of a number of plays, including The Last of the Tsars, as well as a book on music theatre, The New Singing Theatre, and a young person’s novel, Joe Howe to the Rescue. He was the executive director of the Joseph Howe Initiative, celebrating Joe Howe in his two hundredth year birthday. His young adult novel, Joe Howe to the Rescue, was released by Nimbus in 2004. Today’s Joe Howe – “the greatest Nova Scotian” written by Trevor J. Adams and Michael Bawtree, was published by the Joseph Howe Initiative in 2004. 

Other published works include a DVD about D-Day,  and CDs of ‘Three Men In A Boat’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’.

He went on to write the first volume of his memoirs, As Far As I Remember, which was published by Like No Other Press in 2015. His latest publication is the second volume of his memoirs, The Best Fooling, published by Like No Other Press in 2017.

 

 

 

Sophie Bérubé

 

Sophie Bérubé, born and raised in Québec city, and long-time resident of Nova Scotia, is a writer, performer, and yoga teacher. Most of her work—for children, young adults, and adults—is written in French. Le chef d’oeuvre de Lombrie won the 2002 won the Lilla Stirling Award and La trombe sacreé, also 2002, won the Prix France-Acadie 2003. Le projet Persée, her first youth novel, 2010, was a finalist for 2012 Hackmatack prize. Her most recent book Car la nuit est longue was published by les éditions David in 2015. A natural performer, Sophie studied at Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and has over ten years experience in theatre performance, creation and direction; she was part of the Artssmart Program from 2003 to 2015. She has been involved with many productions and has collectively written many plays. Sophie coordinates various literacy projects and workshops in schools and the community, including Publish It and creative writing sessions at Open Arms, which support families and individuals living on the margins of society to write their own books. She is currently working on a three-part fiction based on historical figures.

Jenni Blackmore

A new season just beginning! Definitely time to upgrade my bio; even though some things never change life’s experience continually morphs and expands. Have to love that 🙂

Part of me is still the kid from Manchester, England, who always wanted to be a writer, a painter and a farmer, living by the ocean, and much to my amazement, here I am, living my dream on a small island just east of Halifax. Of course I’m greatly influenced by the coastal environment and references to this locale have a way of sneaking into most of my work. I love my reality but I usually can’t resist adding a twist or two of magic to my work, especially my favorite genres of poetry, adult short fiction and childrens fiction.

As an illustrator and writer, I like to combine both these forms of expression, especially in my books for children. Recently, however the denizens of QuackaDoodle Farm, who take up a fair amount of my attention, have been demanding their space on the page and this has resulted in, Permaculture for the Rest of Us (New Society Publishing) a factual account of life here at QuackaDoodle,  my blog site  QuackaDoodle.Wordpress.com and occassional posts on the Mother Earth News Site.

My latest book The Foodlovers’ Garden (New Society) is scheduled for release May 2017 and I was delighted to be able to illustrate this with thirty+ illustrations and forty digital images, all celebrating the wonders of homegrown food. Yum! And oh so colourful.

The second edition of Gully Goes to Halifax flew into my life recently. The story remains mostly unchanged but this edition has twice the page size and all the illustrations are in full colour, so I’m delighted about that.

I believe everyone is writer at heart because of course we all have things to say, ideas to share. This is one of the reasons why I particularly enjoy leading writing workshops for both children and adults but mostly, it’s about the stories that get shared. Surely story is the thread that binds us all together while, equally importantly, poetry tends to magnify and perhaps suggest a new way of seeing both the mundane and the magical.

Please visit me at: Quackadoodle.wordpress.com for sporadic but ongoing news of life down here on the farm

 Jenni has been mentioned in “Our Choice Book List” and “Outstanding Canadian Children’s Books” by the Children’s Book Centre, Toronto. Her recent novel Island of Dead Souls came first in the Atlantic Writing competition YA category.

Gary Blackwood

After spending most of his life in various parts of the United States, Gary immigrated to Canada several years ago. He lives on three acres of woods outside Tatamagouche.

At sixteen, Gary got his first encouraging letter from an editor and sold his first story at nineteen. After this promising start, he produced a seemingly endless string of unpublished books and collected a prodigious quantity of discouraging letters from editors. Finally, in 1987, Atheneum published his juvenile novel, Wild Timothy, followed by The Dying Sunand Beyond the Door. Then his editor was fired. Seven long years later – during which time he worked for The Institute of Children’s Literature, teaching others how to write and not sell their work – the publication of The Shakespeare Stealer resurrected his writing career, which has been goig strong ever since. His work covers the whole spectrum of kids’ books, from picture books to young adult, both fiction and nonfiction. Any time that’s left over hedevotes to writing plays for adults and young audiences. His adaptation of The Shakespeare Stealer has been produced many times in the U.S. in such venues as the Kennedy Center and Seattle Children’s Theatre.

Andrew Battershill

Andrew Battershill is the author of two novels, Pillow (Coach House Books, 2015) and Marry, Bang, Kill (Gooselane Editions, 2018). Pillow was longlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Award. Marry, Bang, Kill was named one of The Globe and Mail’s top 100 books of 2018. Recently, he was the 2018-2019 Writer-in-Residence at the Regina Public Library, and the 2019 Writer-in-Residence at the Richmond Public Library. He is married to the poet and essayist Suzannah Showler. He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Library and Information Science at Dalhousie University with the goal of working in public service.

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.
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