By SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — On Saturday, August 10, five local authors entertained a crowd gathered at [Re]Imagine, a temporary meeting place at 10 Main St. in Markdale.
LISTEN HERE! brought together Sheila Balls, Geoff Bowes, Lynn Wyville, Cathy Hird and Sharon Sinclair, whose stories brought both humour and comradery to everyone in attendance.
Sheila Balls began the afternoon with anecdotes from her books Somebody Move the Cat! and Our Side of the Fence striking chords of recognition from the audience about growing up and living in a small rural community. Her writing is full with universal experiences, told from a humorous yet truthful perspective.
Geoff Bowes continued to tickle the crowd with his own foibles and follies in a reading from his Open Up the Wall exposé on contractual renovation. Bowes alternated self-deprecation with self-realization as he retold the story of his first somewhat successful home improvement project.
Lynn Wyville recanted more childhood memories, stirring nostalgic feelings with her poetry. She gave provenance to an old school desk sitting in storage as she contemplated a future place for it in her home.
Cathy Hird, whose books Between Our Steps: Reflections on a Spiritual Journey and Fractured: When Shadows Arise explore nature and the inter-connectedness of life, continued the storytelling themes that ran throughout the event. In her readings, she connected meaning and purpose to the often mundane world in which we live.
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