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…

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…

Meet the Faces behind NFOTA: Anne-Marie Burrus

Anne-Marie (mia) Burrus serves on NFOTA’s Finance Committee Who are you? I live in the country north of Cobourg in a restored one-room schoolhouse, making occasional forays into Toronto, where I continue to provide accounting services for various charities.  I am a new grandmother.   I write and create under my nickname, Mia, and published a…

There is nothing at the end of any road better by Ted Amsden (Part Two)

After about a month in, I realized it was time to get a bit arty and include some documentary lingo in my thinking. Because, you see, it was obvious I was already waist deep in images, and going where none have gone before. At present, I have over 200 images of mailboxes, 700 signs, many…

Northumberland Art Lovers: James Pickersgill

“Continuing to write, continuing the group, continuing to meet and continuing to socialize has been a boon to good mental health for me. Others have said the same.”–James Pickersgill Today poet James Pickersgill tells NFOTA about his inspirations for writing poems, the long-standing Cobourg Poetry Workshop, and the popular Third Thursday Reading Series. In this…

The Arts Have Their Place by Wally Keeler

The arts have their places, everywhere, inside, outside. Great buildings host operas, orchestras, plays, music, and dance. Even literature has great buildings. Patrons take out nature books, dramas, mysteries, histories, biographies, while poetry wall flowers away and none take it out for a dance. Outdoors, there is theatre in the park, bandshells for music, dance…