Halifax-based Jessica Scott Kerrin is the best-selling author of sixteen books—but she didn’t always want to be a writer. She wanted to be an astronaut. Then she had to get glasses in grade two, putting an end to her starry dreams. So, she started writing stories, and when she grew up, an astronaut signed her book about rockets! Still fascinated by outer space, Jessica’s latest novel, Clear Skies, takes place during the 1960s Space Race to the Moon.
A fomer high school teacher, literacy mentor, and university instructor, Don Aker fell into writing after attending the Martha's Vineyard Summer Writing Workshops, where instructors encouraged participants to write with their students. Encouraged by winning the short fiction and nonfiction categories of the 1989 and 1990 WFNS Atlantic Writing Competitions (now called Nova Writes) as well as Canadian Living's 1990 National Literary Competition, Don went on to publish numerous stories and articles and has written 20 books.
Jaime Burnet is a writer who practices law and a lawyer who writes fiction. She has a master’s degree in Women & Gender Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Dalhousie University. An associate lawyer at Pink Larkin in Halifax, her work is focused on the areas of labour, employment, constitutional, and human rights law. Released last fall, Crocuses Hatch from Snow (Nimbus Publishing / Vagrant Press) is her first novel.
The Honourable Doctor Mayann Francis, O.N.S. was appointed to the Faculty of Management, School of Public Administration as the first Distinguished Public Service Fellow in fall of 2015.
Dr. Francis served as Lieutenant Governor for the province of Nova Scotia, from 2006-2012. She was the first African Nova Scotian and second woman to be appointed as the vice regal representative.
She is the recipient of six honourary degrees and an Honorary Diploma. She has served in many leadership roles including Chair of the Board for the Atlantic School of Theology.
Ryan Turner's first collection of short stories, What We're Made Of, was shortlisted for the 2010 ReLit Award. His latest collection, Half-Sisters & Other Stories, was published by Gaspereau Press in November 2019. He is the co-founder and co-director of the AfterWords Literary Festival in Halifax. In what follows, Ryan talks about writing short stories, and plans for this year's AfterWords festival.
In partnership with the Halifax Regional Municipality and Halifax Public Libraries, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) is bringing back another year of Poetry in Motion to the city of Halifax and beyond!