Home Under Our Umbrellas

From: Canadian Writers Abroad Posted by D. Martens, Dec. 15, 2015 I met Beth Powning at a literary lunch at the Canadian High Commission, which was held on the top floor, with fantastic views of Trafalgar Square and environs. Before the renovation of Canada House, this room was used for storage. Now the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Read More …

We Made Crowns

  In these grey November days, I want to start this newsletter by remembering the summer just past. Those early, generous flowers, dandelions: we made crowns, loved the burst of colour and the tender green, after our fierce winter.   Foxes raised kits under one of our barns.One morning, when they thought no one was looking, Read More …

A Creative Book Launch

A Creative Book Launch   It all starts with SLICE (Sussex Literary Initiatives and Cultural Events). We are a group of about 30 people in Sussex, New Brunswick, a small town surrounded by hills and rivers, not far from the Bay of Fundy. We’ve done lots of events: brought in authors, held a day dedicated Read More …

A Measure of Light – Research Materials

A Measure of Light Knopf Canada, 2015   Here are the books and websites I used to research “A Measure of Light”: Re Mary Dyer:   Manuscript biography of Mary Dyer by Johan Winsser, unpublished Mary Dyer, Ruth Talbot Plimpton, Brandon Publishing, 1994 Mary Dyer of Rhode Island, Horatio Rogers, General Books, compiled, original pub. Read More …

My Books and How They Began

    Home – Chronicle of a North Country Life I heard the first two sentences of this book in my mind: The coyotes are newcomers. Several years ago, they moved into the forests above our farm. When I wrote them down, I felt that I had finally found my voice. This book, my first, came after a Read More …

Blue Snow and Transformations

March 2015 Hello from New Brunswick, where we’ve had an unprecedented amount of snow! We make the best of it, with expeditions into the trackless wilds.   ~ I’d like to keep you abreast of our family’s artistic endeavours. My son, Jake, and my husband, Peter, collaborated on a cast bronze and glass reliquary called Read More …

A Hundred Silver Stars

September 2014   Welcome to my newsletter. That pile of drafts I’m staring at has now culminated in a new novel, A Measure of Light, the story of a 17th century woman named Mary Dyer. She is a real but mysterious person, who went from London to the wilds of the New World and met Anne Read More …

A Flickering Dream

October 2013 A year has rolled by since I last wrote. I remember it as a flickering dream – places, people, feelings. ~ Last fall, Peter and I went to Canmore for the unveiling of one of his public commissions, “Touchstone”.   ~ Then, back in New Brunswick, the days grew shorter, the snow fell, Read More …