Call for Play Submissions to Northumberland Festival of the Arts 2022

Guidelines for Playwrights The Northumberland Festival of the Arts will present 3 staged readings of one act plays in 3 locations during the festival, scheduled for September 16th to October 2nd, 2022. The play selection committee is looking for: one act plays between 20 and 40 minutes long never before produced scripts casts of up…

Calling All Writers, Poets, and Artists

Anthology 2022 Title: Hill Spirits V Submission Guidelines Theme In support of the Northumberland Festival of the Arts, which will take place across Northumberland County from September 16 – October 2, 2022, the inspiring theme for our fifth anthology is “Celebrating Resilience”. Consider the way a tree bends and flexes during a violent storm or…

Ringing in the New Year with a Renga by Antony Di Nardo

We “conversed” with haikus. His rushing waves; my mountain peaks. His response to tracks in the snow; my reflections on bird sightings. By the end, the renga seemed to have evolved organically of its own accord. Adding to it was tantamount to feeding a giant’s beanstalk, grown to reach the clouds and touch the sky….

Northumberland Art Lovers: Melody Crowe

Whenever I teach indigenous people–our own people–the language, I see it as a relearning. I always feel like that language is there. It just needs to be able to be relearned. Melody Crowe NFOTA’s Felicity Sidnell Reid interviews Melody Crowe, elder of the Alderville First Nation, artist, educator, change-maker, and dedicated preserver of Ojibway culture….

What’s Your Take?: In Praise of Borrowing by Ronald Mackay

In this series, Northumberland artists share their views on issues related to the arts. Let us cherish the commingling of diverse cultures. As a Scot, I see others wearing tartan – “plaid” to Americans – and feel pride that the criss-cross patterned cloth associated with my homeland is copied and worn with pride if not…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Douglas Syrota

I admired a house under renovation – a typical Ontario 19th Century Gothic cottage near Cobourg’s West Beach. Going forward six months, on another walk, I passed the house again and noticed a “For Sale” sign. The renovation had been completed but the house stood empty. While standing across the street and looking at it,…

A Residential School Memoir: a review by Diane Taylor

We first posted this review August 13, 2021. A shorter version subsequently appeared in The Globe and Mail. “A book should be the axe for the frozen sea within us,” said Franz Kafka. Such a book is The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir published in 2015 by the University of Regina Press….

Northumberland Art Lovers: Rosie Riviera-Lopez

“The most challenging thing about painting is knowing when to stop.” Rosie Riviera-Lopez Rosie Riviera-Lopez spoke with NFOTA’s Cynthia Reyes. Rosie, an artist and educator, moved to Port Hope in 2020. In this series we feature interviews and discussions with Individual Artists, Leaders of Arts Groups and Organizations, Civic Leaders, and other Arts Lovers in our…

The Dog As Muse by Susan Statham

This post first appeared on the NFOTA blog September 3, 2021. Born July 24, 2019, Artie, (AKA Arthur Conan Doyle) became my constant companion in early October. I’d met his dog mother, Bella, a year earlier during one of the ever-increasing vet visits for my fifteen-year-old French Bulldog, Janie (AKA Miss Jane Marple). “Ah you…