“PIECES OF EIGHT“, the eighth annual anthology from Sooke Writers’ Collective will be available shortly. I have a brand new poem which will be published in this anthology and will post as soon as the books are printed and available.



BITS OF STRING & THREAD, my debut solo anthology of poems combines more of my original line drawings – some of which were first published in ALL THE ELEMENTS – with a collection of longer narrative poems which have all been written over the past two years.

a pilgrim path

6th April 2021

Welcome to my first Blog!

Thank you for joining me on my brand new website.

I begin and end each day to the sound of the waves on the Syo-sen shoreline on the edge of the Salish Sea. Syo-sen in Sencoten means “place of sound of rock against rock.” I live on the territory of the T’Sou-Ke Nation of the Coast Salish People. The layered landscape, the ocean waters, the skyscapes and the distant Olympic mountain range influence my writing.

Today marks the arrival of some exciting news. My live performance of my latest poem, “Last Stand at Fairy Creek”, has been selected to be published in the Stories-Less-Spoken Podcast series which highlights the work of authors throughout British Columbia. I am obviously thrilled to have been selected!

Here are the links for you to enjoy:

This poem is a tribute to all those who have the courage to stand up, to act when it is not a popular thing to do. Not cool. My cousin, Paul Winstanley, is one such person. He and other activists — such as Christine Lowther, the Poet Laureate of Tofino, Vancouver Island — have protested over many years on behalf of us all, to protect and preserve the unique forested wildernesses of Vancouver Island. This poem is my tribute to the other environmentalists I have been lucky enough to have known: the late Douglas S. Johnstone of Friends of the Earth; Beatrix M. Miller OBE and Stuart Johnstone, former directors of the World Wildlife Fund, now known as The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Thank you: your legacies live on.

C. E. M. Winstanley

Author photo (c) 2021 AMGray Studios