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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 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. This is a podcast series which highlights the work of authors throughout British Columbia. I am 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 third cousin, Paul Winstanley, is one such person. He and other activists – such as Christine Lowther, the Poet Laureate of Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia – have protested over many years on all our behalves to protect the unique forested wildernesses of Vancouver Island. This poem is my tribute to all the environmentalists I have been lucky enough to have known personally: the late Douglas Johnstone of Friends of the Earth; Beatrix Miller and Stuart Johnstone, directors of the World Wildlife Fund, now the World Wide Fund for Nature. Your legacies live on. Thank you.

With best wishes

C. E. M. Winstanley