Drew Monkman is a naturalist and writer whose nature column, “Our Changing Seasons,” appears regularly in the Peterborough Examiner. He is the author of three books. Two explore what is happening in the natural world each month of the year. They are Nature’s Year in the Kawarthas (2002) and Nature’s Year: Changing seasons in Central and Eastern Ontario (2012) Drew also co-authored The Big Book of Nature Activities: A year-round guide to outdoor learning (2016) with Jacob Rodenburg executive director of Camp Kawartha . The book is the winner of four awards including the Nautilus Book Award, which is a major American award for environmental writing.
Hope Bergeron and Maggie Harper are the winners of Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts Writing Contests 2017. We hear about Hope’s writing and cartooning and listen to her story, The Gift. Maggie Harper tells us why she chooses to write haiku and reads her winning series of poems.