Coming events:

Monday, August 19, 2019, 7pm, LaHave River Books, I’ll be reading 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, time TBA, Word on the Street in the Halifax Central Library will be including Salt Fires in their wonderful celebration of writers. I’ll let you know the time and room where I’ll be reading!

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 7pm, the Lunenburg Literary Festival will welcome Michael Crummey, Amy Spurway, and me.  The venue is the Lunenburg School of the Arts. I am beyond thrilled; Michael Crummey is one of my writing heroes from way back, and I’ve just finished reading Amy Spurway’s extraordinary debut novel Crow. Both their new books are stunning, in utterly different ways, and it seems amazing to me that I will be reading poems from Salt Fires alongside them.

Past events:

Salt Fire readings were held in the following venues; thank you to everyone who came, and who hosted!

Sunday, October 21, 2 pm. Odd Sundays, at the Corked Wine Bar, 83 Regent Street, Fredericton NB (with Frances Boyle)

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.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 7pm, at the Halifax Central Library, I read some of my poems, and C.S. Reardon read from her fascinating novel, The Spanish Boy, at the invitation of The Dalhousie Review.

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.