Closing Keynote - Sheree Fitch

Sheree Fitch photoA lover of lipslippery language in all its forms, Sheree Fitch has been a ground-breaking force in the literary community in the Maritimes, throughout Canada, and beyond. Creating from "the land of the imagination in the country that is childhood," Sheree, through her award-winning books and storytelling, has left her mark on two generations of children and has influenced writers and readers from Ecum Secum to the Himalayas of Bhutan and many places in between. With over thirty titles to her name, crossing multiple genres and audiences, Sheree has proven her dynamism and heart, publication by publication, talk by talk, and class visit by class visit.

Among other awards, Sheree holds three honorary doctorates from Canadian universities for her contributions to Canadian literature and education, and for her work as a literacy advocate and activist for social justice, especially as it pertains to issues affecting women and children.

Most recently, Sheree co-edited (with Anne Hunt) the first comprehensive anthology of children's poetry from Atlantic Canada, Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things (Nimbus, 2017), and opened a seasonal book shop at her home in River John, NS. Mabel Murple's Bookshop and Dreamery features Atlantic Canadian books in all genres as well as Canadian children's books, and it also acts as a cultural and literary hub for Nova Scotia's Sunrise Shore.