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…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Jennifer Bogart and Lou Pamenter

Today NFOTA’s Shane Joseph interviews independent bookstore owners, Lou Pamenter (Furby House Books in Port Hope) and Jennifer Bogart (Let’s Talk Books in Cobourg) about resilience, making it through the pandemic, and working together as small business owners and as a community. In this series we feature interviews and discussions with Individual Artists, Leaders of…

The Day After by Paul Nicholas Mason

Paul Nicholas Mason is a novelist, playwright, and, since he retired from teaching in 2015, a voice-, television- and film-actor. Paul’s latest novel, The Rogue Wave, was published in 2021. The day after we buried my dear father I took my little granddaughter, three and filled with life, Precious life, To the park near my…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Mandy Martin

“I’m just blown away by the talent that you expose and bring to the table. Here you are, years into it, and you haven’t run out yet! You do wonderful work,” says Mandy Martin, Mayor of the Town of Cramahe and Deputy Warden of Northumberland, about the Northumberland Festival of the Arts. In this series we…

Confidence and the Little Victories by Gwen Tuinman

“Too often, we rate our own capabilities lower than their real value in spite of proof to the contrary, our accumulated know-how, and other people’s praise.” Gwen Tuinman Gwen Tuinman, author of The Last Hoffman, is a writer fascinated by the landscape of human tenacity, and telling stories about people navigating the social restrictions of…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Cynthia Reyes and Lauren Reyes-Grange

I’ve always approached the Myrtle books by imagining how a child would feel while reading our stories. I want to capture their voice, make them feel heard, and write stories in a way that resonate with them for years to come. Lauren Reyes-Grange Cynthia Reyes and Lauren Reyes-Grange, authors of the Myrtle the Purple Turtle…

One Summer Day in Autumn by Cynthia Reyes

“Suddenly, a switch is thrown. The lovechild of Summer and Autumn appears, playing truant for a day.”–Cynthia Reyes The garden lies spent from its labours. My labour is not quite done. In the vegetable patch, a few late tomatoes are red to bursting. The last beets show dull-burgundy colours in the earth.  The apple trees…

Meet the Faces behind NFOTA: Katie Hoogendam

“Art to me is the ground of being–not a noun, but a verb; something primordial that defies and predates the bounds of language.”–Katie Hoogendam. Writer and artist Katie Hoogendam serves on NFOTA’s Program Committee. Who are you? Hi, I’m Katie Hoogendam (“Merkat”). I’m a local writer, poet, playwright and interdisciplinary artist. Why do you believe…