2016 Authors & Musicians

Anita Best

Anita Best is a traditional singer and storyteller working primarily with Newfoundland songs and stories. She also works as a broadcaster and folklorist. Anita has received several honours for her work in collecting and disseminating Newfoundland folksongs, including the Marius Barbeau award from the Folklore Studies Association of Canada and an Honourary doctorate from Memorial University. She was named to the Order of Canada in 2011.

Rex Brown

Rex Brown, historian and teacher, was born in pre-Confederation Newfoundland, in Placentia Bay. Rex has been at the helm of the March Hare Literary Festival for more than 30 years, and recently published his first book about his childhood home, Out From the Harbour: Outport Life Before Resettlement (Flanker Press).  

Paul Dean

Paul is a geologist, writer, storyteller and singer from Newfoundland. For fifteen years, he has been a regular performer and reader at the March Hare Literary Festival. Many of his stories are based in the small community of North Harbour, Placentia Bay, where he was born and spent his early years. His first book Come on with the Punt; March Hare Stories, was published by Pedlar Press in 2016. Paul lives in St. John’s and Trinity East, Newfoundland, with his family and many friends.

Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore has written two collections of short stories, Degrees of Nakedness and Open and three novels, Alligator, February and Caught, as well as a stage adaptation of her novel February. Lisa’s most recent work is a young adult novel called Flannery.

Daniel Payne

Daniel loves to play music and sing.  You may hear him play the fiddle, the flute, the accordion, or anything else that makes a noise.  Sometimes he’ll sing an old ballad or ditty.  He’s happy to be once again making footings in the snow with the March Hare.