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
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,
Canadian Citizenship ceremony
At the Placentia Arts Centre at 11:45 a.m.
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.
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.
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“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
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Charlene Carr, Ellen Curtis, Carolyn Morgan and J. Margot Critch.
Placentia Area Historical Society Annual Tea Party
At the O’Reilly House Museum 2 p.m.
Mayor’s March for Heart and Stroke
At the Placentia Town Square at 7 p.m.
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.
Old Perlican Celebrations
A week of events and activities. Visit www.townofoldperlican.ca 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
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.
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
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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.
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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
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 email@example.com. 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.