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Felicity 2015 (1)

In October 2015 I published a novel, Alone: A Winter in the Woods (Hidden Brook Press) and you can read about it and how it came to be written on the Books page. On the following page you will find current reviews.

Blue Denim Press, after the success of Hill Spirits (2012), released a second anthology Hill Spirits II,  edited by Gwynn Scheltema, Erika Rummel, Susan Statham and me.  The anthology showcases some of the remarkable writers who live in this area and are members of the Spirit of the Hills Writers’ Group, a  part of Spirit of the Hills Arts Association and was released in 2015.  Hill Spirits III, eds. Reid, F.S., Scheltema, G. and Statham, S. was released at the Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts in November 2017 and a fourth volume, Hill Spirits IV, was published at a second festival in November 2019. This year as we  celebrated the resilience of  authors and artists and arts organizations across the county and their contribution to the wellbeing of all our communities, the rebranded  Northumberland Festival of the Arts 2022 ran from September 16th to October 2nd at venues in nine towns in our area. The new anthology Hill Spirits V, edited by Susan Statham was launched as part of the festival.

To maintain a sense of community during the pandemic among the members of our Spirit of the Hills writers’ group, in 2020, I and Kim Aubrey initiated and edited a blog on the Northumberland Festival of the Arts (festivalofthearts.ca) site to provide a way to share our work in difficult times.  In 2021 Blue Denim Press published Our Pandemic Times  which contained many pieces from the blog as well as longer stories submitted specifically  to this anthology.

Finally a little about Word on the Hills, a continuing series on Northumberland 89.7 FM. This half hour show introduces listeners to authors, editors and publishers who are based in this region. We then invite them to read from their works. Gwynn Scheltema, Chris Cameron and I co-host. The programme is now in its ninth year and was first broadcast on Northumberland 89.7 FM in November 2013. Since March 2020  these shows have been recorded for broadcast by Zoom. We have a list of interesting interviewees lined up for the months to come. The show currently airs on Sundays at 1:00 pm, is streamed at northumberland987.ca and can be accessed at any time and from anywhere on our website http://wordonthehills.com/