Ruth E Walker is a novelist, poet, playwright, editor and writing workshop facilitator. Her work has been published internationally and in many Canadian journals including Prairie Fire and The Montreal Poetry Prize Anthology. She has won numerous poetry awards, was a semi-finalist in the Chapters/Robertson Davies First Novel competition and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. Her novel Living Underground was published by Seraphim Editions in 2012
Jessica Outram is an educational administrator, presently the Principal of Colborne Public School, a poet, essayist, blogger and playwright. As a singer and actor she is well known in Cobourg and Port Hope. Her love of theatre has taken her to Trent University’s theatre programme and this year in May, she will also direct her own play “Once Upon a Rocking Chair” for Northumberland Players.
Alan Bland is an insurance consultant and though semi–retired he is a very busy man. He has acted as an Expert Witness at the Superior Court of Ontario and he enjoys working closely with Defense counsel, interviewing defendants, researching cases and taking an analytical approach to case review. Alan also enjoys lecturing on insurance matters. He has hosted and moderated an event for the Toronto Public Library entitled “Look Who’s Reading Canadian Mysteries” and MC’ed the Canadian Crime Writers Association’s Arthur Ellis Awards. He also finds time to write short fiction and crime novels, perform on the saxophone and to cook.
Dan grew up in Codrington, studied at University of Western Ontario then worked in computer technical support in Calgary and Toronto. He returned to Brighton in 2010 to follow his interest in the history of the area, the genealogy of his own family and the genealogy of other local families. He calls this community genealogy and publishes his findings on his website www.treesbydan.com. Deeply involved in historical activities in his community, Dan was one of the founders of Brighton’s History Open House. In 2014 HOH’s focus on the story of Dr King, one of Dan’s own relatives, led to the writing of his book Murder in the Family: The Doctor King Story published by Dundurn Press.