Volume 12 of Red Magazine – The Island Storybook, edited by David Weale, highlights Island life and culture.
This issue of RED welcomes back many of our regular authors, but what makes this issue especially exciting is that it introduces a large number of new writers to the fold.
Jane MacIsaac introduces the first instalment in a series called ‘On the Other Hand’. In her first column she takes a statistical (and very humourous) approach to the question, “What is the statistical probability I will have found my true love by next Valentine’s Day?”
Rob MacLean also begins a charming new series called ‘Back in Lewes’, a community where he lives and farms, but one that has been almost vacated by humans.
Denny King, who has just launched his own book about growing up in Georgetown called The Day they Shot Reveen, shares one of his father’s ghost stories from Boughten Island that will make the hair stand on the back of your neck.
Alan MacEachern, presently a professor of history at Western University, writes with feeling about his abiding connection to the family farm in New Argyle where he was raised
Joan Diamond shares a story about a clever and elusive rodent who took up residence in her car and spent the whole winter there.
Amanda Burke, who grew up in Souris’ remembers with great fondness the connection between spring and ‘setting’ day.
Maureen Pendergast, a journalist with CBC for fifteen years, writes evocatively about ‘Austin’s Hands’.
Charlie Blaisdell, the ‘old horse trader’ from Fortune shares some extraordinary adventures from his early days in that business.
Laura Compton, the fifth of nine girls in her family, shares memories of growing up in Wood Islands. Her series is called ‘Stair Step Girl”.
Kevin MacLeod from Belle River, now a resident of BC, recalls one great boyhood spring and summer working at ‘The Factory’ in Belle River.
Stella Fitzpatrick from Corran Ban tells the story of an old door-knob that still reminds her of earlier times, and of her father.
And Lauretta Gallant from Abrams Village, now living in Montreal, recalls a painful girlhood memory involving a paper doll.
Twelve new writers in all, sprucing up the 12th issue of RED: The Island Storybook.