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

In this series, Northumberland artists share their views on issues related to the arts. “Seeds of the destruction of many an empire since the beginning of civilization may be traced to wilful blindness, a refusal to cultivate empathy. Obama claims empathy to be indispensable for human flourishing.” Ronald Mackay There is a faction that would…

Meet the Faces Behind NFOTA: Pam Royl

“Therein lies the very act of creativity; revealing oneself to others. And what better way to do so than a festival designed to share and inspire.“ Pam Royl Pam volunteers on NFOTA’s Communications/Marketing Committee Who you are? I am a fiction writer of women’s stories inspired by history. Creativity has fueled my soul, through a…

Get Ready for Drama! by Jessica Outram and Felicity Sidnell Reid

The NFOTA Drama Project Committee is delighted to announce the names of the three one-act plays chosen for presentation as staged readings during the Festival. Congratulations go to Donald J Anderson for his play Screwed, Christopher Cameron for Nail Polish and Karen Palmer for Wind on Weller’s Bay. Eighteen local playwrights submitted, and an independent…

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

In this series, Northumberland artists share their views on issues related to the arts. If I’m honest, I write not only to satisfy an urge but to seek validation. I want thoughtful, educated people — like I imagine myself to be – to nod in recognition of what I proffer. I seek confirmation that my…

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…

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…

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…