Pa­trick Collins moves into con­tem­po­rary times with lat­est novel Com­mu­nity cal­en­dar

River­head, Har­bour Grace writer’s new book spans Sec­ond World War to present day

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Pa­trick Collins loves to use mo­ments in his­tory as a launch pad for his own cre­ativ­ity as an au­thor, and his lat­est book is no ex­cep­tion.

The River­head, Har­bour Grace na­tive is re­leas­ing his sev­enth book,

Aug. 4

Cana­dian Cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony

At the Placentia Arts Cen­tre at 11:45 a.m.

Aug. 4-6

Voices of Placentia Bay Fes­ti­val

Kitchen Party at Fresh­wa­ter Com­mu­nity Cen­tre Aug. 4. Fes­ti­val in the Square Aug. 5 from 2-11 p.m. Mass at Sa­cred Heart Church and brunch at the Star Hall Aug. 6.

Aug 5

Shearstown con­cert for Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion

At the Shearstown Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Free fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties spon­sored by RCMP from 2-6 p.m. with bouncy cas­tle, games, face painters, en­ter­tain­ment, silent auc­tion. 19+ con­cert 7 p.m.-2 a.m. with Ja­cob Lewis, Crock and Doyle, Todd Barteau, Sheila’s Brush and YYT, MC co­me­dian Colin Hol­lett. $25.

Aug. 6-12

Come Home Year New Per­li­can

Cel­e­brat­ing Come Home Year in New Per­li­can. For de­tails con­tact the Town of New Per­li­can at 5832500.

Aug. 9

“What Lies Be­low.” Pub­lished by DRC Pub­lish­ing, it chron­i­cles the story of a fic­tional mem­ber of the Bri­tish Royal Navy who comes to Har­bour Grace dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. From there, the story takes many twists and turns, last­ing well into the 21st cen­tury.

As Collins notes, the Bri­tish Royal Navy sta­tioned a sub­ma­rine


At the Car­bon­ear Pub­lic Li­brary from 5-7:45 p.m. Please come meet your NL au­thors — Carolyn Par­sons, Matthew LeDrew, Ted Rowe, Glen Deir

Char­lene Carr, Ellen Cur­tis, Carolyn Morgan and J. Margot Critch.

Aug. 12

Placentia Area His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety An­nual Tea Party

At the O’Reilly House Mu­seum 2 p.m.

Aug. 14

Mayor’s March for Heart and Stroke

At the Placentia Town Square at 7 p.m.

Aug. 19

Car­bon­ear Le­gion open mic

Lo­cal tal­ent night at the Car­bon­ear Le­gion. Satur­day, Aug. 19, start­ing at 3 p.m. Door prize and give­aways. No cover charge. For more info call 596-3691.

Aug. 21-27

Old Per­li­can Cel­e­bra­tions

A week of events and ac­tiv­i­ties. Visit www.towno­fold­per­li­ or the Face­book page for the events sched­ule. in Har­bour Grace for train­ing pur­poses in 1943. The Royal Cana­dian navy also set up a base at the air­field to track sub­marines.

“I used those two re­sources to set the stage for a gen­tle­man from Eng­land who ex­pe­ri­enced a hor­rific event that re­sulted in him hav­ing shell-shock or PTSD (post­trau­matic stress dis­or­der),” Collins ex­plained.

Prior to writ­ing the book, Collins spoke with two men from Fresh­wa­ter and Crocker’s Cove, An­thony Moores and Eric Par­sons, who were on the train­ing sub as boys.

“What was re­ally in­ter­est­ing was one of th­ese gen­tle­men can re­mem­ber one of the sailors who had been in­vited down … for din­ner, and this sailor fell in love with a daugh­ter. The daugh­ter was too young to be with the sailor, so the father warned the sailor to stay away.”

As Collins tells it, the girl wrote the sailor af­ter he left Har­bour Grace but didn’t hear back. Two

Aug. 26

Placentia Fam­ily Fun Day

At Fern­dale Vet­er­ans Park from 1-3 p.m.


Car­bon­ear Le­gion chase the ace

At the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion, Car­bon­ear, ev­ery Satur­day, 11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. with the draw tak­ing place at 9 p.m. For info call 5963691.


New Hope Al-ANON

Meets ev­ery Tues­day 7:30 p.m. at the U-Turn Ad­dic­tions Cen­tre in Car­bon­ear, at 46 Pow­ell Drive. A 12-step re­cov­ery pro­gram for rel­a­tives and friends of al­co­holics.

Wed­nes­day NAR-ANON

The Trin­ity Con­cep­tion NAR-ANON Fam­ily Group of­fers a 12-step pro­gram de­signed to help rel­a­tives and friends of ad­dicts re­cover from the ef­fects of their ad­dic­tion. We al­ways main­tain per­sonal anonymity. Meet­ings Wed­nes­day nights, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the U-Turn Ad­dic­tions Cen­tre, 46 Pow­ell Drive, in Car­bon­ear. For in­for­ma­tion, call 786-1797 af­ter 5 p.m.

TD Sum­mer Read­ing Club in

years af­ter the war, she learned in a let­ter from the sailor’s mother he per­ished.

“That in­spired me to think about all the other peo­ple that made sac­ri­fices from Europe who came here, and our sol­diers who went over there and the kinds of sac­ri­fices that were made and the sto­ries that were un­told,” said Collins. “So I wanted to put to­gether a story that showed how much a per­son be­ing away from home, es­pe­cially hav­ing PTSD, would face.”

The story un­folds over the course of sev­eral decades, weav­ing in themes of ro­mance and loss through tragedy. Har­bour Grace


Reg­is­tra­tion for the TD Sum­mer Read­ing Club is on­go­ing at Car­bon­ear Pub­lic Li­brary. Story Time will be on Tues­days at 11:30 a.m. and Satur­day at 1:30 p.m. for ages 0-6, and the Ju­nior Read­ing Club will be Thurs­days at 3 p.m. and Fri­days at 1 p.m. for ages 7-12. The pro­gram will run un­til Aug. 12 and fea­tures fun sto­ries, songs and crafts ev­ery class. For more in­for­ma­tion, come by the Li­brary dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours or call 5963382. We hope to see you there!

Mu­seum and gallery

The Road to Yes­ter­day Mu­seum and the Christo­pher Pratt Gallery in the Ca­ble Build­ing, Wa­ter Street, Bay Roberts, will be open daily from 12:30-5:30 p.m. July 3-Aug. 31. This sea­son we have new art­work by Mary Pratt, Ge­orge Nose­wor­thy, Gary Kennedy and other prom­i­nent artists, as well as up­date mil­i­tary and phar­macy ex­hibits.

MISCELLANEOUS Fam­ily Worship Cen­tre ser­vice

land­marks like Ri­d­ley Hall and the Con­cep­tion Bay Mu­seum come into play. Mod­ern out­law biker cul­ture and or­ga­nized crime — phe­nom­ena known to have a pres­ence in the Con­cep­tion Bay North area— even­tu­ally be­come a part of the nar­ra­tive, tak­ing the story all the way to 2010.

Writ­ing a work of his­tor­i­cal fic­tion set in the 20th and 21st cen­tury is atyp­i­cal for Collins, who usu­ally fo­cuses on tales tak­ing place in the 19th cen­tury — 2012’s “Spirit of the S.S. Kyle” is the lone ex­cep­tion amongst his pre­vi­ous books.

“I’m hop­ing that it will ap­peal to ev­ery­one, but I think it might have an added ap­peal this time to a younger au­di­ence,” Collins said.

The book launch for “What Lies Be­low” takes place Aug. 13 from 3-6 p.m. at the Kear­ney Tourist Chalet on Har­vey Street in Har­bour Grace. Collins will be there to sign copies of the book.

I’m hop­ing that it will ap­peal to ev­ery­one, but I think it might have an added ap­peal this time to a younger au­di­ence. — Pa­trick Collins

time change

Start­ing, Sun­day, June 25, church ser­vices at the Fam­ily Worship Cen­tre in Har­bour Grace will be held at 6 p.m. un­til fur­ther no­tice. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Pas­tor White at 596-5426.


New­found­land and Labrador Laubach Lit­er­acy Coun­cil is of­fer­ing an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove read­ing, speak­ing and com­pre­hen­sion (in English) in a con­fi­den­tial and con­ve­nient way from home for FREE us­ing the TOTI Vir­tual Teach­ing pro­gram. Reg­is­tra­tion open across New­found­land and Labrador but spots are lim­ited. For more in­for­ma­tion email laubach@nf.aibn. com or call 709-634-5081.


River­head, Har­bour Grace au­thor Pa­trick Collins has a new book out. “What Lies Be­low” is pub­lished by DRC Pub­lish­ing.

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