What’s Your Take: Have Publishers Outsourced Their Slush Piles to Literary Agents by Shane Joseph

In this series, Northumberland artists share their views on issues related to the arts. I spend a lot of time with the slush pile, mining for that golden egg. Shane Joseph It is now a given that you can’t submit work to a major publisher without going through a literary agent, for there are no…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Cardboard Reality’s bekky O’Neil and Keith Del Principe

“We know that art can feed you too. And maybe field grown vegetables are also art.” bekky O’Neil Today, we’re reposting NFOTA’s interview with bekky O’Neil and Keith Del Principe from Cardboard Reality. In this series we feature interviews and discussions with Individual Artists, Leaders of Arts Groups and Organizations, Civic Leaders, and other Arts…

Northumberland Art Lovers: Melanie Browne

My proudest moments are as an art teacher…the immense pride I feel when I see the light bulbs going off over their heads,…how engaged they are, how they’ve grown, and how they’ve tapped into their own sources of inspiration. Melanie Browne Port Hope artist Melanie Browne speaks with NFOTA’s Donna Wootton about teaching art, her…

Why Yes, You Are in My Novel by Christopher Cameron

A new year has begun and writers everywhere have renewed their resolve to get that book started, finished, published, or made into a Netflix series. My own book, which is currently someplace between being published and not being made into a Netflix series, is my first attempt at novel-length fiction. Writing it, I was surprised…

Art for Change: Dane Swan on Changing the Face of Canadian Literature

Poet and writer Dane Swan talks to NFOTA’s Kim Aubrey about his experiences compiling and editing Changing the Face of Canadian Literature: a diverse Canadian anthology and his vision for the future of Can Lit. Dane Swan was a visiting writer at the 2019 Festival of the Arts and will be leading a workshop and…

A Positive Energy by Lynn C. Bilton

One of the beneficial aspects of an organization such as Northumberland Festival of the Arts, or Spirit of the Hills, is the ongoing support the members offer one another. That reinforcement in turn motivates and inspires others to participate and share their creative energy.   If you look up “encouragement” in your Funk and Wagnall’s,…

Spread the Word by What Fun!

In the spirit of collaboration and celebration, Northumberland musicians Lynn C. Bilton, Christopher Cameron and Marie-Lynn Hammond got together to record Lynn’s new song, Spread the Word. The trio had so much fun creating this music video at Northumberland Music Studio in Warkworth that they decided to name their group What Fun! You’re invited to sing along, join the fun and…