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Mark Gallup

After years of photographing athletes of all types around the world, Mark has settled in Fernie, BC with his wife. Together, they run a bike a ski shop called the Guide's Hut and can often be found enjoying Fernie's many outdoor pursuits.

Keith Harrison

Born in Vancouver, Keith Harrison studied at UBC, Berkeley, and McGill writing a dissertation on Malcolm Lowry. Harrison has also written a group of stories, Crossing the Gulf (1998), which contains a piece that won the Okanagan Short Story Award, and he has edited an anthology of short fiction, Islands West: Stories from the Coast (2001).
His five novels are Dead Ends (1981), a tale of two cities, Vancouver and Montréal; After Six Days (1985), about two contemporary couples; Eyemouth (1990), set mainly in Scotland during the French Revolution and its aftermath and taking the form of letters; Furry Creek (1999), a documentary fiction exploring the life, death, and art of Pat Lowther; and Elliot & Me (2006), a doubled-voiced narrative about a mother and her teenaged son set on Hornby
Island. Harrison’s novels have been nominated for Books in Canada Best First Novel Award, QSPELL’s Hugh MacLennan Fiction Prize, and the Ethel Wilson Award. Keith Harrison teaches at Vancouver Island University, and lives on Hornby Island, British Columbia.

Jennifer Heath

Jennifer’s passion for gardening developed after spending a year studying organic farming at Linnaea Farm on Cortes Island, BC. A life-long learner—who has in the past worked as a massage therapist, a graphic designer, and now a school teacher—she is constantly looking for new learning opportunities. Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, she has lived in Fernie, BC with her partner Steve, since 2005.

Betty Jane Hegerat

Betty Jane Hegerat is the author of two novels, a collection of short stories, and a book of creative non-fiction. She writes from a longstanding fascination with relationships and families and the secrets and lies that bind ordinary lives together.

Delivery was shortlisted for the George Bugnet Prize for Fiction in the 2010 Alberta Literary Awards. The Boy was shortlisted for the 2012 City of Calgary Book Prize, the Wilfrid Eggleston Prize for non-fiction in the 2012 Alberta Awards, and the High Plains Book Awards in Billings, Montana.

Betty Jane has taught creative writing classes and workshops in numerous venues and has particularly enjoyed mentoring new writers.

Betty Jane Hegerat was the recipient of the Writers Guild of Alberta 2015 Golden Pen Award for Lifelong Achievement in Writing.

www.bettyjanehegerat.com

Peggy Herring

Peggy Herring is a writer living in Victoria, BC. Her short fiction appears in literary journals and anthologies in Canada and India. She’s lived in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, England and Japan, working as a journalist, international development consultant and volunteer, and teacher. This Innocent Corner is her first novel.

To discover more about Peggy and her writing visit www.peggyherring.ca