In the moment of the telling of the story or the poem there is the creation of a safe place. —Sheree Fitch
Sheree Fitch has been a groundbreaking force in the literary arts and literary community in the Maritimes and throughout Canada. Creating from “the land of the imagination in the country that is childhood,” Sheree’s singularity and unique voice, visions and award-winning books and storytelling have left their mark on two generations of children and families and influenced a whole generation of writers from Ecum Secum to the Himalayas in Bhutan and many places in between.
Sheree has performed at the Canada Day Celebrations at the Canadian Embassy, the Washington National Cathedral, and the Library of Congress. She was part of a Cultural Arts exchange in Mexico, and has represented Nova Scotia at international schools in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, China, Belize, Thailand, and Vietnam, bringing rich experiences back to the Canadian literary community.
As a Nova Scotian writer, Sheree has twice been a writer-in-residence in the country of Bhutan, helping to foster an indigenous literature for Bhutanese children. She is a four-time writer-in-residence for a Nunavut healing and writing camp, and was the first writer-in-residence for the Vancouver International Writers Festival's school outreach program in Nelson, B.C. Closer to home, she was the 2013/2014 Pictou Antigonish writer-in-residence, and was recognized during National Poetry Month by the town of New Glasgow and Pictou County for "inspiring contribution and leadership and sharing her creativity, messages and talents".
Sheree also holds three honorary doctorates from Canadian universities for her contribution to Canadian literature, education and for her work as a literacy advocate and activist for social justice, especially issues affecting women and children.
Sheree is widely recognized as an innovative master writer and literary artist whose body of work explores the human condition. Her lyrical style gives her a unique literary voice in her writing both for adults and children. As a Nova Scotia-based artist, she has had her creative work adapted and performed nationally and around the world. —Christy Ann Conlin, author of Heave
In Spring 2015, Sheree was UPEI writer-in residence and Summer 2015 Winterset Writer in Residence at Terra Nova Park in Newfoundland. In the fall 2015, she appeared at the Telling Tales Festival in Rockton. She is now at work on a novel to be published soon by Doubleday Canada (Majorly Weird and Freakwently Wonderful), and recently co-edited Whispers of Mermaids and Magical Things, an anthology of poetry for children by poets of Atlantic Canada.
She lives with her husband, Gilles, and many critters on Happy Doodle Do Hobby farm in River John, Nova Scotia.