Hamilton Room, Central Branch, Hamilton Public Library
Jeanie MacFarlane lives in Hamilton and spends some time each year in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, where she is involved with a festival of books and music called Writers at Woody Point. A former newspaper reporter, feature writer and editor, she has also reviewed books for newspapers, magazines and websites, and discussed them on radio and television. Jeanie blogs occasionally about books as The Westdaler, and writes regularly about research and teaching for McMaster’s Faculty of Social Sciences. With the centenary of the First World War’s outbreak almost upon us, she has been thinking about the conflict’s powerful hold on our imaginations – and how writers’ own perspectives influence the way they tell its stories.