Qu’Appelle Valley – Photo Credit: Shannon Dyck
Writing The Will: What I learned along the way
The Will is an historical novel that I’ve always wanted to write,
always needed to write, having collected the material for years in my head and in large cardboard boxes, until one day it started spilling out onto paper.
It’s based on the lives of my grandfather, Alfie Stewart, and his
neighbour and friend, Andrew Gordon, who lived and farmed down the road on the Pasqua Indian Reservation.
The story is based on true events that took place on the cusp of the Great Depression on the Canadian Prairies in and around the legendary Qu’Appelle Valley.
To keep us squirts amused during the summer months, Margaret, my grandmother often humoured us by reading our tea leaves to predict the future as she sat with us in her pink polyester pyjamas, snug in her kitchen after breakfast, the fire in the wood-burning stove behind us, giving off one last crack before burning…
Gayle Nemeth has been invited to read alongside several other emerging Saskatchewan writers next month. The event is hosted by the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. You can read all about the event here. Start: June 17, 2022 – 7:00 pmTo: 8:30 pm LocationDelta Hotel Downtown – 405 20th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6X6 ContactTea Gerbeza – Program…
I had not expected to find myself driving down into the Qu’Appelle Valley that crisp but brilliantly sunny morning last October. As I looked across, I saw the valley and the hills as a palette of people’s lives over generations, their history a small slice relative to the valley’s glacial formation. Three days earlier, I’d…