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    Thanks Again for Another Incredible Festival

    Another Year, Another Festival, A Grateful Heart
    “A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles.” Anonymous
    It wasn’t too long ago that I wasn’t sure I would have been able to write the words, another year, another festival. Read More

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    Another Year, Another Festival, A Grateful Heart

    “A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles.” Anonymous
    It wasn’t too long ago that I wasn’t sure I would have been able to write the words, another year, another festival. They come naturally now as if there is no question we will be back, bigger and stronger next year. Read More

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    Rising Up – The Poetry of Protest

    Book review: Poets Rosanna Deerchild, Stephen Heighton, Miranda Pearson, and Gary Geddes.
    By Mary MacDonald
    Blackcomb Mountain was flaring blue this morning when I woke, an uncanny beauty that deepens my sense of reverence. But the living mountain is indifferent to me. Read More

  • Farha Guerrero

    Purple Fingers

    by Farha Guerrero
    In the cold, purple fingers are better than white ones. The colour of the skin indicates that there is something moving in the capillary veins – some circulation – some flow of blood. There is hope that my fingers will be warm again.
    White fingers tell a different story. Read More

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    A Trail of Perseverance

    By Nicola Bentley
    Writing is a lot like hiking, the adventurous, in-for-the-long-haul type.
    Preparedness, enthusiasm, and tenacity must be on hand in equal measure and you daren’t start either undertaking without pack-loads of perseverance. Read More

  • She's Not There

    Things that go Creak in the Night

    Book Review: She’s Not There by Joy Fielding
    By Nicole Fitzgerald
    I can’t read this.
    I hear buzzing, a clank.
    I’m up, checking the nursery for the third time tonight. Just like the night before. No perpetrator hangs over my two-year-old toddler fast asleep, however. Read More

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    I was a test case lab rat for perseverance

    by Rebecca Wood Barrett
    When I was twenty and attending the University of Victoria, I agreed to be a lab rat in the psychology department for ten dollars an hour. After the first test was finished, I learned something vital about myself. I have the will to persevere. Read More

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    The longing of holding someone’s words in your hands

    Book Review: The Pharos Gate: Griffin and Sabine’s Lost Correspondence by Nick Bantock
    By Farha Guerrero
    In 1995, when I was an undergraduate student at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, I wrote letters to loved ones on a small word processor, nestled somewhere on the floor between my des Read More

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    A journalist’s frantic search

    Book Review: A Disappearance in Damascus­ — A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War by Deborah Campbell
    By Cathryn Atkinson
    In May 1991, I spent two weeks travelling alone by train from Belgrade, Serbia, to Split, Croatia, by way of Zagreb and rural Bosnia. Read More

  • Jenn and Bodhi

    All Is Never Lost

    by Jennifer Cowan
    Many moons ago when I was living in Whistler I decided to write a book. I gave myself a 1000 word a day minimum and, despite the distractions of skiing, hiking, mountain biking, skinny dipping and happily, paid writing gigs, I managed to complete Lost Summer. Read More