Photo Credit:
Photo credit
Helen Anne Fortin
Susan Walsh
BIO
Biography

My dive into the arts began in theatre and contemporary dance on Canada’s west coast. I performed and earned credits in both from Simon Fraser University, where I also completed a BA and MA in social-political history. A desire to discover the world contributed to a career in international development, pausing mid-career, to complete a Ph.D. in development anthropology based on fieldwork in the Andean highlands. Lessons learned and a twelve-year stint as the Executive Director of SeedChange (formerly USC Canada) inspired several peer-reviewed journal articles and my 2014 book: Trojan Horse Aid: Seeds of Resistance and Resilience in the Bolivian Highlands and Beyond (McGill-Queens University Press). From an ocean-view perch outside Antigonish, Nova Scotia, I completed an award-winning long-fiction manuscript – Where the Lampreys Meet – set both in the protagonist's ghost-town birthplace and its neighbouring First Nations reserve. On the lip of the bucolic riverside village of Wakefield, in a home I  share with my husband, Pat, and Murphy the dog, I am now writing fiction full-time. 

ADDRESS
City: Wakefield, Province/Territory: Quebec
EMAIL
GENRE
Non-fiction and Fiction
LANGUAGES
English
PUBLICATIONS
Publications
Title
Trojan Horse Aid: Seeds of Resistance and Resilience in the Bolivian Highlands and Beyond
Publisher
McGill Queens University Press
Year
2014
AWARDS
Awards
Name
Nova Writes: HR (Bill) Percy Award for an a first, unpublished manuscript
Publication
Where the Lampreys Meet
Year
2014
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Presentation details
Audience Size
Audience size
As requested
Presentation Genre
Fiction and Non-Fiction
Presentation Length
30 minutes
Presentation Description
Presentation description

TBA

Presentation Fee(s)
As volunteer to $500. depending on the request
Workshop details
Audience Size
For nonfiction work
Intended Audience
Depends on request
Workshop Length
Up to 3 hours
School presentation details
Audience Size
To discuss my non-fiction work
Intended Audience
grade three and up
Presentation Length
30 mins.
Presentation Description
Presentation description

Developed based on request

Presentation Fee(s)
Depends on request
Programs & Interests
Interested in participating Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
All members are eligible for the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program. Are you interested in participating in this pro
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
The Union’s Northern Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program funds in-person visits to northern Ontario schools when possible. Ar
Yes