On October 17, 2019, 7:00 p.m. at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, the League of Canadian Poets, thanks to Annick MacAskill, will host me and four other poets: Anne Simpson, Strange Attractor; Deirdre Dwyer, The Blomidon Logs; Chad Norman, Learning to Settle Down; and Margo Wheaton, The Unlit Path Behind the House.
Readings, mostly from Salt Fires, were held in the following venues; thank you to everyone who came, and who hosted!
Wednesday, October 24, 12pm, at the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Library, 105 Main Street, Yarmouth NS (with Frances Boyle)
Wednesday, October 24, 7pm, at the Lillian Benham Library, 35 North Street, Lockeport NS (with Frances Boyle and special guest E. Alex Pierce)
Thursday, October 25, 7pm, at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax NS (with Frances Boyle)
Friday, October 26, 7pm, at Lexicon Books, 125 Montague Street, Lunenburg NS (with Frances Boyle)
Thursday, November 8, 7pm, at LaHave River Books, 3421 Hwy. 331, LaHave NS.
On Feb. 19, 2019, I took part in an event called 12 in 12. It was a 12-hour writing relay event, where 12 Nova Scotia writers took turns creating a section of a short story, each of us writing 200 or so words before passing it on to the next author to try to figure out where to take the story next! It was a fundraiser for the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, and supported programs like Writers in the Schools (which funds school visits from writers, and which my mother, Joyce Barkhouse, helped found), Nova Writes (which mentors emerging writers) and more. I hope you were able to come out at 8 pm at the Wardroom at King’s to hear the finished story read–and to share a toast to our fabulous community of creators! If you did, you will remember that Pauline Dakin (Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood) was our emcee that evening.
Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6:30pm, My Nova Scotia Home, published by MacIntyre Purcell Publishing, with my piece called “Saving Home”, was launched at the Halifax Central Library.
Monday, August 19, 2019, 7pm, LaHave River Books, I read from my piece, “Saving Home”, in My Nova Scotia Home, published by MacIntyre Purcell Publishing, along with several other writers included in the excellent collection.
Saturday, September 14, 2019, at 1:00 pm, in the Marquis Tent at the Halifax Central Library, I read from Salt Fires thanks to Word on the Street and their wonderful celebration of writers.
Saturday, September 28, 2019, 7pm, the Lunenburg Literary Festival welcomed Michael Crummey, Amy Spurway, and me. The venue was the Lunenburg School of the Arts. I was beyond thrilled; Michael Crummey is one of my writing heroes from way back, and I’d recently finished reading his powerful new book, The Innocents. Amy Spurway’s extraordinary debut novel is Crow. Both books are stunning, in utterly different ways. The crowd of 150+ was warm and enthusiastic. I loved every minute.