North & South - - Contributors -

A self-pro­fessed “se­nior no­mad” (she says some would sug­gest “crazy per­son”), Cana­dian writer Sue Harper spends back-to-back win­ters in Kelowna, Bri­tish Columbia and her adopted home­town, Wanaka. No sur­prise, then, that a rock trapped in ice for thou­sands of years caught her at­ten­tion (see page 78). Meet­ing three Cen­tral Otago men with close but di­verse con­nec­tions to the land­scape cre­ated an un­ex­pected and pow­er­ful syn­ergy, she says. “The best thing about find­ing these sto­ries is meet­ing the peo­ple who breathe life into them.” As a mag­a­zine writer, she’s covered every­thing from French hand-crafted artist pastels to the Peru­vian women cof­fee farm­ers who started the Cafe Fe­menino move­ment. With the au­thor­ship of 14 English text­books be­hind her, she went back to school at the age of 62, to do a Mas­ter of Fine Arts in cre­ative non-fiction. Yet to be pub­lished is a mem­oir set in Paris, Win­ter in the City of Light: A Search for Self in Re­tire­ment, on what hap­pens when the sugar rush of re­tire­ment – “I can do any­thing” – be­comes a sugar crash of “Uh-oh, what now?”

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