In the Shadow of the Mountain 2017

Terry Milos, author of North of Familiar: A Woman’s Story of Homesteading and Advenure in the Canadian Wilderness, joins Sheila to talk about her years in and around Atlin, teaching, raising two boys and mostly living off the grid. We had some technical problems via cellphone connections to the board here in the station – but Terry is well worth listening to, so stick with us.

Mark Thibeault, local musician and visual artist, talks to Sheila about his practice as an instrument maker (Rayco Resophonics), a visual artist and a musician – especially about his love of improvisation. We also hear from painter Mark Tworow as well as David Usher, author of Let the Elephants Run.

Dorothy Giesbrecht (see above photo with Perry Rath) joins Sheila to begin a new season of In the Shadow of the Mountain to talk about her creative process. She brings along her cello to illustrate some of  her musical ideas and shares her passion for stones in all shapes and sizes. Visual artist Linda Stringfellow and dancer Miriam Colvin also provide insights into their work.

Some books to get you in creative shape:

  • Life, Paint and Passion: Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous by Michele Cassou and Stewart Cubley
  • The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  • If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
  • Let the Elephants Run by David Usher

Sheila plays a selection of First Nations musicians in honour of National Aboriginal Day and reads her first book, Canyon Creek: A Script. She encourages recent arrivals to the area to examine their place in Witsusit’en territory and take advantage of the many opportunities now available to learn more about Witsuwit’en culture and history.

Three writers at last month’s  Rural Writers in Residence join Sheila  on today’s show: Ft. St. James writer and storyteller, Joyce Helweg, Red Deer mystery aficionado, Jock Mackenzie, and South Hazelton time traveller, Nancy Huber.

Elee Kraljii Gardiner talks with Sheila about her life, her work with the Thursdays Writing Collective and her new collection of poetry, serpentine loop, from Anvil Press.

Smithers writer Valerie Laub performs her new play, Skin, and talks with Sheila about the creative process used to create it.

Northwest writer, Sarah de Leeuw talks with Sheila about her new collection of essays, Where It Hurts, her writing process and her work in the northern medical program.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Sechelt writer Theresa Kishkan talks to Sheila about her 2007 collection of essays, Phantom Limb, and her most recent novella, Winter Wren, published under a new imprint specializing in novellas, Fish Gotta Swim.

Smithers cartographer and travel writer Morgan Hite talks about his work with the National Outdoor Leadership School, his introduction to mapmaking and his recent trip to Turkey.

Morgan makes the maps he prepares for his Northword Magazine articles available at BV Trail Maps.

Books and articles:

  • Briefing for a Descent into a More Harsh Environment by Morgan Hite
  • High Albania by  Edith Durham
  • A Pennine Journey: The Story of a Long Walk in 1938 by Alfred Wainwright
  • A Traveller on Horseback in Eastern Turkey and Iran by Christina Dodwell
  • Journey to Kars by Philip Glazebrook
  • Patrick Leigh Fermor’s A Time of  Gifts, Betweeen the  Woods and the Water, and The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos
  • My Journey to Lhasa: The Classic Story of the Only Western Woman Who Succeeded in Entering the Forbidden City by Alexandra David-Neel

Jay  Sherwood, author of several books about Frank Swannell’s and other survey crews expeditions to map BC’s landbase in the first thirty years of the last century, talks to Sheila about his latest venture: Ootsa Lake Odyssey: George and Else Seel – A Pioneer Life on the Headwaters of the Nechako Watershed. Sheila also plays a couple of Francois Lake musician, Rachelle van Zanten’s tunes.

Feb. 3, 2017

Kispiox writer River Wilde talks to Sheila about her new book of poetry, Like Lollipops She is Sticky Too: Aspien Womyn. To get a copy of Like Lollipops email to

River also has a CICK show called Wilde’s World: A to Z, 123, Aspie Me. The show is on the topic of autism told through personal stories, interviews and more!! and includes all Canadian music.

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Jan. 27, 2017

Yukon writer and biologist Bob Hayes talks with Sheila about his first book, Wolves of the Yukon (which explores the history of wolves and human attempts to manage them) and his just-published novel, Zhoh. Zhoh is a coming of age story of three children separated from their families in the Beringia of 14,000 years ago.

Jan. 20, 2017

Prince George writer Don Precosky talks to Sheila about his new book, Truckstop Nights, just out from  Repository Press. The book is a thoughtful, funny and entertaining look back at the night shift Don worked at a truckstop just outside of Thunder Bay in the 1970s. The songs played on the show come from those truckstop night radio shows.

Don is also the editor of Four Realities: Poets of Northern BC from Caitlin Press.