In the Shadow of the Mountain 2015

Here are my CICK Smithers Community radio shows from 2015.

  • Sheila reads her Christmas story, “Unwrapped” and plays songs from Forbes and Kaldor’s “New Songs for an Old Celebration.”

  • Sheila talks with Terrace’s Ev Bishop about romance writing and what makes a writer tick.

  • Sheila interviews Terrace writer Josh Massey about his latest novel, The Plot Line of Innisfree. We travel from the year 2036 in the Peace River country back to the present and hear about his first novel, we will all be trees.

  • Sheila talks to Caroline Woodward. Sheila is in Smithers, but Caroline is in her office at the Lennard Island Lightstation off the coast from Tofino. This was made possible by a live Skpyed show – and it worked!

    Caroline’s most recent book is Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper. Hailing originally from the Peace River country, Caroline reads from Singing Away the Dark, a children’s story about her mile-long walk through the cold and dark to catch the school bus. She also reads from Light Years.

  • Sheila interviews Mohawk/Tusarora poet, Janet Rogers. Currently UNBC’s writer-in-residence, Janet is a performance poet, a radio broadcaster (CBC’s Tribal Clef) and documentary maker. Her latest book is Peace in Duress from Talonbooks.

    A selection of her work can be found at  Excerpts from Peace in Duress Can be found at

    To listen to Bring Your Drum, Janet’s show documenting 50 years of indigenous protest music, click

  • Sheila talks with Vivien Lougheed, Prince George travel writer and plays some Latin music. To find out more about Vivien, go to Chicken Bus Tales.

  • Sheila talks with John Harris of Prince George – John reads from his The English Department of the Soul, recites a little Robert Service, and reads from his Nahanni novel, Above the Falls. Music: Bach and Hank  Williams.

    For more information about John, check out

  • Sheila talks with Emily McGiffen, a former valley resident back in town for the summer. We talk about her writing, hear some poetry and some music she’s picked.

  • Sheila interviews Haisla writer Eden Robinson who shares her work including readings

  • Sheila talks to Smithers writer, Melissa Sawatsky about her work – and Melissa reads a selection from her poetry manuscript, The Architecture of Bones, as well as some non-fiction.

  • Sheila interviews Smithers-raised author Susan Juby about her early Smithers books as well as her latest Woefield boo


  • Sheila interviews Vancouver poet Kevin Spenst as he passes through Smithers on his 50-reading tour of BC. For more information about Kevin, go to; to see the video trailer of his rapid-fire reading blitz in Vancouver, go to


    Donna Kane talks about the end of Lemonhound – a literary blog run by poet Sina Queyras – Donna and five other poets appeared in a collection put together by Gillian Wigmore just before Sina closed down the blog:: 

  • Sheila talks to Grace Hols, a Smithers writer, about her work; Grace reads two stories and a poem and shares some music that “stops her in her tracks.”

  • Sheila welcomes featured guest Wet’suwet’en poet Jennifer Skin Wickham, and Donna Kane stops by to talk about literary contests and prizes. And she’s pleased to welcome Speedee Interior Stationery and Books as the show’s sponsor and begins the show with an interview with book department manager, Mark Tworow.

  • We blasted off into space on Good Friday – and followed Donna Kane on her epic journey – Chasing Pioneer 10 – a space probe launched March 2, 1972. Pam Galloway, a Vancouver poet also joined me to read three poems from her new collection – Passing Stranger.

  • Sheila talks to Telkwa writer Jane Stevenson about her writing, her process and why she shifted from writing historic non-fiction to her wonderful quirky Kitimat-based fiction. Jane reads two stories: Sadie’s Bone and The Rogue Wave. Another story by Jane can be found in this month’s issue of Northword. Spring is welcomed with a poem by Jan Zwicky and Sheila brings you up-to-date on Smithers literary events.

  • Sheila talks to Fabienne Calvert Filteau, whose first poetry collection, Second Growth was published by Creekstone Press last fall. Donna Kane checks in from Rolla and we talk about what constitutes a good author reading.

  • Sheila interviews Valerie Laub, Smithers art therapist, poet and playwright about her work; Valerie also reads several of her poems. Rolla poet Donna Kane talks about etiquette around introducing writers at readings. For  more information about The Millions website Donna mentioned, go here.