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…

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…

Announcing the Paperback Release of Our Pandemic Times

NFOTA is delighted to announce the paperback release of the anthology, Our Pandemic Times, edited by Felicity Sidnell Reid and Kim Aubrey, and published by Blue Denim Press. Along with stories and poems written during the pandemic, the book contains many striking colour photographs and illustrations. On July 15, we held a poetry reading on…

Poetry Reading to Launch Our Pandemic Times

Please join us for a poetry reading on Facebook Live, Thursday, July 15, at 7 PM, as we launch the anthology, Our Pandemic Times. Cobourg’s Poet Laureate, Jessica Outram, will MC the event, hosted by Publisher, Blue Denim Press. This book began as a blog for a group of Northumberland writers in Ontario; a place…