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.
This week we introduce the new anthology by writers from Northumberland County, Hill Spirits 111. Publisher Shane Joseph of Blue Denim Press in Cobourg talks about the growth of the artistic community in our region and the role of small publishers in giving a voice to local authors. A number of contributors including Donna Wootton, Port Hope, Rene Schmidt, Trenton, Alan Bland,Campbellford, Marie Prins, Colborne as well as Word on the Hills host, Gwynn Scheltema read passages from their contributions to this volume.
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.