Join us Thursday, Nov. 26 for the Kelowna Writers FBCW Spotlight, with host Meaghan Hackinen. This is a free event - register here (bcwriters.ca/events-for-writers ) and a free Zoom link will be sent to you, and when it's time for the event, click on that Zoom link to join the event. Never share Zoom links via social media, by the way :) We're looking forward to seeing you at this event brought to you by the Federation of British Columbia Writers!
Host Meaghan Marie Hackinen is a writer and ultra-endurance cyclist from the West Coast of British Columbia. Her two-wheeled adventures have taken her from Haida Gwaii to Mexico’s high plateaus, across Canada and the United States, and from North Cape to Tarifa along some of Europe’s highest paved roads. Meaghan’s writing explores relationships, experiences on the road, and encounters with wild places. Her debut travel memoir South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels (NeWest Press, 2019) was shortlisted for a 2020 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize (non-fiction) as well as a 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Award (trade non-fiction). www.meaghanhackinen.com
Lesley-Anne Evans belongs to a small and remarkable woodland in Kelowna, British Columbia. She is a poet and arts facilitator who dabbles in photography, libretto, and foraging. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Lesley-Anne finds wild spaces, creative practice, and contemplative spirituality to be life giving. Lesley-Anne is a member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Federation of B.C. Writers. Her poetry is awarded, and published widely.
Patti Shales Lefkos: Following a rewarding career as a teacher, consultant and administrator in Vancouver Patti studied journalism at Langara University then set out to pursue adventure travel and freelance writing. Whether canoeing the Yukon River, backcountry skiing in BC’s Monashee Mountains, hiking in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides or trekking in Tibet and Nepal, she embraces the culture and environment of wilderness areas. When not travelling, she skis in the winter out of her home base at Silver Star Mountain Resort in the Okanagan Valley and paddles in summer from her Ontario island cottage.
Patti’s articles have appeared in Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, The San Francisco Chronicle, Okanagan Life and Okanagan Woman magazines. NEPAL ONE DAY AT A TIME, her Himalayan adventure travel memoir with a humanitarian twist was published in January 2020. She is currently at work on Grounded by Granite, a memoir of Ontario childhood summers spent on a remote, off-the-grid island.
Leigh Macfarlane is a Canadian author of romance and romantic suspense. Leigh considers her fortunate to live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, and many of her books are set in this gorgeous part of the globe. Currently, Leigh resides with two out of four of her children, with Lily the dog, and with Sabertooth the cat.
Mike McArthur lives in the Okanagan, and when not fending off bills takes part in obscure literary cage matches. He writes humorous flash-fiction that shows the human side in non-human things. You can see his work at everydayfiction.com and polarborealis.ca
Nygel Metcalfe is a freelance writer, musician, performance poet and middle-years educator currently residing in Kelowna, BC. He is a strange concoction: swing-dancing dungeon master, ADHD wine-tour guide, and two-time winner of Kelowna's IWC Poetry Slam. His body of work is often playful, philosophical, and uplifting. Also, he's really into crossworld puzzles. Find him via the information superhighway at www.sauceandpoetry.ca – Always something new on the horizon!
Jane Catherine Rozek acquired a unique spiritual philosophy and belief system while homesteading in the harsh isolated environment of the Canadian wilderness. Her passion is helping people to grow in common-sense spiritual development by linking celestial concepts to the game of life. She writes as an independent Christian trailblazer, road building a twenty-first century route to humanity's ultimate spiritual destination.
Jane Catherine currently divides her time between her Canadian home in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia, and traveling to distant parts of the world with her laptop in hand, for spiritual grand adventures.