Members

2017 Membership

Linda Green Abraham
Jim Bottomley
Bill Churchill
dl clay
Tatjana Darling
Nancy Davies

Mel Denys
Doni Eve
Cassie Hepburn
Dr. Don Hurst
Ray Tomas Lovell
Rene Low

Allan Mossbarger
Paulina Pallot
David Reichheld
Ina Shah
Sheila Thomas
Bart van den Berk
Barry Whiting


dl claydl clay

Deb Clay is an always-developing writer and artist who thrives on experimentation, exploration and interaction in different media which provide her with an ever-expanding vocabulary. She is passionate about writing and supporting writers. Besides using words to create story in the form of poetry, she also utilizes clay, metal, paint and encaustic materials as her “words”.  You can find her at dlclay.com and EarthWord Studios.


AY Dorsey

AY Dorsey

Angela Dorsey is currently finishing a screenplay, thinking about the scripts she wants to write next, and creating poetry and blog posts. In 2016, her blog theme is “Living as if All Things are Possible,” where she writes about her attempts to step out of her comfort zone. The results of this experiment have been called funny, inspirational, and honest by readers. You can access her blog and other creations at aydorsey.com

Read about why she writes here.


p_pallotP Pallot

Paulina Pallot also known as "Arcade". 'Arcade' is the moniker of Victoria-based, Sooke-raised young adult writer P.Pallot. They enjoy all types of literary work, focusing on surreal themes, cultures from far away, and character-driven narratives. At the cusp of becoming a "real" adult and graduating university, Arcade is hoping to intensify in writing style and output. They are always hoping to inspire younger writers to take chances and weave more tales, as they got their start with the Sooke Writer's Collective at the tender age of sixteen. When they aren't dabbling in prose, Arcade enjoys volunteering at UVIC's radio station, illustrating conceptual art, watching movies from the 1980s, and raising chickens. More work can be found at Arcade_Test.


Tatjana Darling

Tatjana Darling has called Sooke home since 2010, before then she traveled the world having amazing adventures riding horses across Mongolia in search of Shamans or playing drums under a full moon in the Sahara Desert.  Since establishing roots in Sooke, she has used the beauty of the Sooke Basin for inspiration in her recent paintings.  When she is not painting, she is working on writing a series of fictional stories, which have been inspired by her world travels.


Linda Green Abraham

Linda Green Abraham, BA (Spec), CRI. Originally from Manitoba, Linda has lived in all four western provinces; she now proudly calls Sooke her home. Following her passion, she enjoys writing, music, theatre, photography and graphic design, and is involved in several Sooke and Vancouver Island arts organizations.


Doni Eve

Doni Eve has worked in reporting, editing and public service, and after dabbling in painting for many years is now exploring fiction writing. She has lived in Victoria, Regina, Ottawa and Montreal and in 1992 returned to her home town of Sooke. She has deep roots in the community where her family settled in the late 1800s. Doni makes her home in Saseenos area with her husband, son, cat and dog. Visit: Saseenos.com


NancyDaviesNancy Davies

Nancy Davies moved to Sooke six years ago from Vancouver, where she worked for many years in the Vancouver Public Library system. She has written for and edited Priorities magazine for the BC NDP as well as publications for community organizations, was briefly on the collective of Room magazine, and now lives in a place in Sooke conducive to writing fiction full time. Now she just has to do it. She recently purchased a restored 1974 VW Westfalia and soon will embark on an adventure who knows where, following those lovely, endless blue highways.


Cassie Hepburn

Cassie Hepburn has returned to Vancouver Island after most of her childhood and adulthood was spent in Vancouver and the surrounding areas. She has written book reviews for magazines and been part of three collaborative books with other authors. After leaving a career working with children she has for the past two decades worked in the field of holistic medicine. Cass and her dog Jada live in Sooke and have fallen head over heels for this community and this part of the wild west coast.


Rene Low

Rene Low grew up in Sooke and then traveled to different locales to add flavour to his writings. The people he met and places he visited make up the bulk of his stories, with a dash of invention to fill the memory gap. Although most of his energy is happily spent on his son Finn, and wife Erin, he occasionally scribbles down stories to share.


David Reichheld

David Reichheld's search for the Great Canadian Story continues, this year taking him into the beautiful Sooke Hills where he rediscovered that love and companionship form a universal human theme. According to Thomas Merton “… We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves—we find it with another.” So David’s work progresses, always mindful of Will Rogers, who said, “Even if you’re on the right track—you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”


Ina Shah

Since childhood, Ina has been expressing her thoughts, emotions and insights in prose and poetry. She has been an active member of the Sooke and East Sooke communities for the past seventeen years. She has fulfilled many roles during the first half of her life: that of loyal spouse, doting mother, committed daughter, gentle yoga teacher and absent-minded office manager. Since perfecting these, Ina is now ready to embark on endeavours that will ignite her childhood passion once again – namely to tour around the British Isles, stopping at the pub from time to time to work on her long-awaited memoir. (that makes at least two people waiting for her memoir if you include herself).


Dr. Don Hurst

“Don, I simply don’t get it, why move into poetry after a successful career writing prose? I feel you’ve jumped ship on your readers! After all you hold an undergraduate degree double majoring in philosophy and world religions, an MA in philosophy, as well as a…” “Not to mention a Licentiate Degree in philosophy.” “A what?” “It’s a license conferred by the Church. This licentiate entitles me to seek teaching employment at any Roman Catholic University throughout the world.” “My goodness, I never knew that Don.” “And on top of it all you hold a Ph.D in the Graduate Division of Educational Research, specializing in the philosophy of education.” “That’s the whole point Will, in the Doctorate I explored the very underpinnings of dialogue in the classroom, but did anybody take notice…?” “Our department at the university did.” “I appreciated your support, but it didn’t get me a permanent position within the sacred halls of academia - did it? As you will recall Will, one Dean of Education from a well respected university when I pressed him for a permanent position simply replied, 'I like your ideas Don but not at this university.' Hell, the Ph.D is entitled, Dialogic Inquiry: A Subject-Centered Approach to Learning. How anyone could reject dialogical process in the classroom is beyond me! I even pulled a Plato writing four of the six chapters in dialogue.” “Hmm… I finally see your position Don, good luck my friend with poetry. I sincerely hope it bears greater fruit than your former approach.”


Ray Tomas Lovell

Ray Tomas Lovell spent many years travelling like a hobo with little to keep him company except Kerouac and Kundera. Fascinated with spilled milk and spitballs, he is hoping to end up above a Patisserie with a complete set of dentures. He is studying the complexities of Wormholes and the effect of Love on a rational human being, something that he decidedly is not.


Bart van den Berk Bart van den Berk

Bart is a consultant, volunteer and writer. After a 25 year career in the agricultural, medical and offshore industry, Bart (and his family) decided it was time for a change. After many years of visits, in 2009 he came from the Netherlands to Canada to start a new life in Sooke, BC. Bart has a great interest in Vancouver Island history, gold mining, music and outdoor life.

History-of-LeechtownBart has published “The History of Leechtown - Part I” based on the authentic journals and letters of the Vancouver Island Exploring Expedition (VIEE)  members supplemented by newspaper articles and other VIEE related documents.  Central to the book is the most celebrated gold rush on Vancouver Island and the resulting establishment of Leechtown (now a ghost town). The book also provides great details about the life, the perceptions of Indigenous cultures and the uncultivated landscape of Vancouver Island in the early days through the voices of the expedition members.

In May 2015 the British Columbia Historical Federation nominated the book “The History of Leechtown – Part I” as one of the seven finalist for the Historical Writing Awards 2015 and was awarded an Honourable Mention Certificate.
For more information visit Bart's website.


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