‘Like a whole new planet’

Chris Quigley
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Trinidadian writer Sharon Millar enjoying winter experience in province

Trinidadian writer Sharon Millar is seen on the Fogo Island ferry after reading at the March Hare 2014 festival on Fogo Island.

It took almost 30 years, but Sharon Millar finally arrived in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Trinidadian writer is in the province, having read at a pair of stops in Fogo Island and Gander on Wednesday and Thursday night, as part of the March Hare 2014 festival.

She attended the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. back in the 1990s, but only ever ventured as far as Montreal, Que.

“I always wanted to go to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland,” she said, admitting she never thought it would take her so long to get back.

A resident of Port of Spain, the landscape of her homeland fuels much of her work.

She’s found herself similarly inspired by what she’s seen of this province, even while covered in snow.

Though it’s been a number of years, she still vividly recalls her first experiences with winter in Ontario, so her current surroundings certainly strike a chord with her.

“The bleakness of the landscape,” she said. “It’s like a whole new planet.

“Being able to get out of your ordinary environment ... when you’re stuck (writing), maybe you’re able to push through when you go back.”

Invited to the March Hare by Stephanie McKenzie and Rex Brown, Millar was excited for the opportunity to explore the province, particularly enjoying the ferry ride to Fogo Island.

“Seeing the ice out on the ocean ... the marine blue ice was incredible,” she said.

Though her schedule was busy — she departs the province on Monday — she said she might be open to strapping on a pair of skis and taking in a little more of the province’s natural beauty.

Cross-country, of course, not downhill.

“I respect the hills too much,” she said with a laugh.

March Hare 2014 events in Corner Brook begin today at various locations.

For a full schedule of events, visit themarchhare.ca. 

Organizations: University of Western Ontario

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Fogo Island, London, Ont. Montreal, Que Nova Scotia Port of Spain Ontario Corner Brook

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