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General News · 23rd December 2019
Hayley Newell
On Sunday December 8th, a group of 50 or so gathered to hear Cortes writers read from “Home: A Cortes Community Anthology”.

At the beginning of 2019 the Housing Committee invited Cortes residents of all ages to write a few words, a page or a paragraph on home. That seed, planted and watered, has now blossomed into a true work of art featuring 17 writers and artists sharing some of what home means to them. Each contributor, with a unique history and at varying stages of life, created a diversity of imagery and ideas, painting a compelling and thought-provoking story.

Hearing the words of each writer spoken aloud in their own voice was deeply moving and inspiring.

Elizabeth Anderson shared, “I had the impression my soul had been mined by the authors' poignant poems and stories, so deeply was I affected at the recent book launch for "Home". I am honoured to rub elbows with the writers and chat about our children, gardens, favourite books, whatever comes up. I knew I was making the right choice when I committed to living on Cortes Island many years ago; a truly magical place where the natural beauty is multiplied over and over through contact with my friends.”

The topic of home resonates and reverberates at a core level of human need and longing, and I left on Sunday afternoon with a full and open heart, deeply grateful to know and be known by this community.

Thank you to all the donors who generously supported this event!

Mansons Hall
Gorge Harbour General Store
Cortes Natural Food Co-op
Becca’s Beans

A HUGE Thank you to our volunteers who generously donated time and energy towards set-up, book sales, clean-up and donating baked goods.

And, thank you once again to our writers for contributing your beautiful words. This contemplation on home is a gift to us all!

If you would like to pick up a copy of Home (or a few), you can purchase them online Alternatively, they are available at the Co-op, and Marnie’s Books, and in the new year they will be at the Cortes Island Museum and the Gorge Marina.

Have been reading your copy of Home and feel called to write a review? Write one online

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