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NSPGI 2017 Poet Laureate

Sheree Fitch


Sheree Fitch 2017


Since the publication of her first book, Toes in My Nose, thirty years ago, Sheree Fitch has written over 30 books in a variety of genres and for all ages. She’s travelled the globe as a visiting author, writing instructor, and literacy educator and has received many awards, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work inspirational to Canadian children.

A recipient of three honorary doctorates for her contribution to Canadian literature and issues affecting women and children, Sheree's passion for education and work for social justice is evident in her work. When Unicef commissoned her to write If You Could Wear My Sneakers, a book on the UN Convention on The Rights of the Child, Peter Gzowski wrote the introduction. Sheree was a good friend of Peter's, a panelist on Morningside and travelled with him many times as Poet Laureate in Canada's north and here in Atlantic Canada. Her novel Pluto’s Ghost deals with the challenges of a young man with reading difficulties and how low literacy affects his life choices.

New Fitch books are out this year, but the biggest news is, in July 2017, she and her husband will open up Mabel Murple's Book Shoppe and Dreamery in River John, Nova Scotia, converting an old granary and pasture into a space for families and book lovers. They will be celebrating and selling the literature of Atlantic Canada in their backyard. Sheree learned to read in an oak tree in her grandmother's back yard. Literacy, books, nature and imagination have been connected ever since.

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"In the days before radios and newspapers, nothing happened until somebody wrote a poem about it."
- Peter Gzowski

Peter Gzowski was a lover of poetry, that is why every year at the PGI we have a personality take on the role of the Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate spends the day with everyone at the tournament and as the day progresses, they write a poem. It captures the cause, the spirit of the day and of course, helps capture the joy of reading and writing.