The members of Spirit of the Hills are visual artists, sculptors, potters, fibre artists, photographers, artisans, performers, singer-songwriters and writers. The Festival has drawn together members of every kind in festival events. Judy Hopkins, chair of the Visual Arts Committee talks about the art show which will be part of the festival. Sherry Turner and her colleague Rosanne Dolin speak about the workshop they are giving on Saturday November 4th, called The Art Experience.
Grace Young has been blogging weekly at IntoFullBloom.net for over a year. She has self published one book The Crow and the Dove and is planning to release a second in the near future. Grace is 18 years old and working hard to become a full-time author, thus making her dreams come true and spreading her message of hope and positivity.
Diane Taylor has had several careers as a medical lab tech, a teacher, a sailor and a writer. She is the author of The Gift of Memoir and is well known as a workshop presenter and teacher of memoir writing. She started writing while sailing in the Caribbean because life on the ocean and in the islands was so fresh and immediate, she felt an urgent need to record it, to re-experience it in words. A book resulted: The Perfect Galley Book. Diane will give a workshop on writing a memoir of your own at the Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts on Saturday November 4th at St Peter’s Church in Cobourg. Tickets and information available at spiritofthehills.org
Kim Aubrey is a poet and short story writer. Her collection of stories What We Hold in Our Hands, published in 2013 by Demeter Press, received excellent reviews. She is an experienced workshop presenter and has run a successful writers’ retreat in Bermuda for many years. She talks about her workshop, Follow the Line, which she is giving at the Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts at St Peter’s Church in Cobourg on November 3rd and 4th (information about the festival at spiritofthehills.org) and read us two new poems which will be published in Hill Spirits 111 to be released in November by Blue Denim Press
Reva Nelson is the author of Risk It!, Bounce Back! And, her latest book, ‘Hippie Chick Abroad’ which is her successful memoir of the last year of the Sixties. She has been an actress, a teacher-librarian and ESL teacher and was the owner of “Words Worth: Keynotes & Seminars”for over 20 years. Last year Reva moved to Cobourg to enjoy the lake and small town life. She now facilitates groups and provides personal coaching on life changes and challenges.
Felicity Sidnell Reid and Susan Statham are the co chairs of the Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts to be held on November 3rd and 4th 2017. This week gives listeners an introduction to Spirit of the Hills, Northumberland Hills Arts Organisation, and to the festival itself.
Peter Lockyer a journalist for many years in both Europe and Canada wrote numerous articles and made countless video productions for CBC as an independent producer. He has worked as a media trainer and still does this for the Canadian military. In 2000 he returned to his home-town of Picton and became involved in historical preservation and restoration project. In order to raise funds, he developed the very successful History Moments Series which are played on several TV stations including CHEX in Peterborough, CKWS in Kingston, TV Cogeco and in several theatres in the area. Peter is the chair of the Prince Edward County Heritage Advisory Committee and a member of the Prince Edward County’s 225th Anniversary committee being celebrated this year.
Janet Kellough talks about the festival of Canadian women crime writers, Women Killing It, that she and others have organised to be held in Picton ON, September 1st to 3rd. Great writers including Maureen Jennings, Susanna Kearsley, Mary Jane Maffini and many others will take part in four exciting events. Janet also discusses her newest book in the Thaddeus Lewis mystery series which has just been released.
Millie Morton talks about her book, Grace: A Teacher’s Life, One Room Schools and a Century of Change in Ontario. A memoir of her mother’s long career as an educator, the book has been a great success with its readers.
Patricia Calder was born into a family of eight authors and started writing at age 11 in a Hilroy notebook, which she carried on field adventures. Always a lover of stories, she studied fiction writing under Canadian authors Matt Cohen, Katherine Govier, Anne Simpson, and Christy Ann Conlin, among others. Patricia has published many short stories and creative nonfiction pieces. In 2015 she released her novel Roadblock. Since then Pat has written, and illustrated with her photographs, an account of her visit to Sable Island and 2 new short stories will be published this November in Hill Spirits III