"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Writing the World: Conversations with writers at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival

One of the afternoon events at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival in Great Village, N.S., on 8 August 2015, is a conversation with four exceptional writers: John Barnstead, Binnie Brennan, Carole Langille and Harry Thurston. This conversation will be moderated by yours truly. This post features is a profile of writer and naturalist Harry Thurston.
The Chronicle Herald rightly declares Harry Thurston as “One of Canada’s greatest writers about the natural world.”

Harry Thurston’s most recent poetry collections include The Deer Yard (with Allan Cooper) and Animals Of My Own Kind. His environmental writing has been published in many of North America’s leading magazines, including Audubon, Canadian Geographic and National Geographic. He has been awarded numerous writing prizes in both Canada and the United States, including the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, the Lane Anderson Award and the Evelyn Richardson Literary Award. Harry lives in Tidnish, Nova Scotia.

Harry has a new collection of poetry coming out this spring with Gaspereau Press:
Harry was involved in many Elizabeth Bishop Centenary events, including performing with Suzie LeBlanc and Tempest Baroque Ensemble during their “At the Fishhouses” tour for Musique Royale in August 2011. He joined myself, Suzie and John Barnstead in a reading of Joelle Biele’s play “These Fine Mornings,” based on Elizabeth Bishop’s letters with her New Yorker editors, in Great Village in July 2011. He guided a memorable bus tour along “The Moose” route in October 2011. We are thrilled that Harry will return to Great Village for the Elizabeth Bishop Festival.

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