Sunday, January 19, 2014
Fog Lit Writers' Awards
There is a lovely dusting of snow on the ground and when I look out the windows I have that fleeting feeling of Christmas excitement that I always feel after the first snow. I am thinking it may be because I was away for Christmas and didn't follow the usual traditions that complete the Christmas cycle for me. It may be because I still have Christmas decorations everywhere. So today I will put them away. Yesterday, I was pleased to participate in the Fog Lit Writers' Awards.In October, the first Fog Lit Festival was held. As part of the Festival's mandate they conducted a writing competition and the awards were handed out yesterday. Congratulations to all the participants and all the winners.Congratulations to two MCS students, Gywneth Moir and Jilly Richard on their winning entry. I was invited to read, as was Gerard Collins, author of Finton's Moon and Moonlight Sketches.Gerard is on tour and has been maintaining a very busy schedule. He conducted a writing workshop at the library in the morning.Mary Barlow from Indigo was the master of ceremonies.Mary is such an advocate of local authors and good books of every kind. Riel Nason introduced Gerard.Wayne Hansen provided two beautiful musical performances . The winners read from their winning entries. My friend and fellow writer Rosalyn Hyslop has been instrumental in the creation of the Fog Lit Festival and works tirelessly with the Fog Lit board to plan and carry out the events. There is no doubt that Fog Lit will continue to be a major force in the literary life of Saint John and surrounding areas.Watch for what comes next as they forge their way. Thank you again Rosalyn for inviting me to be a part of yesterday's celebration. To all the winners,keep writing and believing that your voice matters.