Marie Powell

Marie Powell

Author
Regina, SK
Biography

Marie Powell (www.mepowell.com) is the author of 40 published children’s books, as well as the young adult historical fantasy Hawk (Five Rivers, 2015) and Hawk and Crown (Five Rivers, coming soon). She holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and her award-winning short stories and poetry appear in such literary magazines as subTerrain, Room, and Transition. She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, and her writing workshops are popular across the province.

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Medieval Welsh Castles and Legends

Marie Powell introduces her young adult historical fantasy series, Hawk and Hawk & Crown, targeting her presentations to young readers from Grades 6 through 10. The novel is set in 13th Century Wales, and Marie accompanies her reading with presentations on medieval history and castles with visual images and artefacts.

Hawk: Hyw yearns to join his father in serving the charismatic Llywelyn, Prince of Wales. If only Hyw dared tell anyone of his ability to scout through the eyes of a hawk, it might help secure his place in the royal guard. Cat, his sister, longs to inherit the magical ability that runs through her mother’s line. If only she could see her future, now that she is 13 and promised to a boy she barely remembers. When a messenger summons the prince to a secret meeting, Cat and Hwy find themselves in the middle of a war that threatens to destroy all of Wales. Can they master their special abilities in time to save the royal family–and themselves?

Set among the actual events and personages of late 13th century Wales, Marie Powell’s fantasy novel Hawk recreates what life might have been like for two teenagers coming of age.

 

 

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Intermediate (7-8), High school (9-12)

Fees: Variable (more information on request)

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Readings for Grades PreK-2

Marie Powell introduces her Word Families, Vowels, and Punctuation series to young readers in Grades Pre-K to 2 with a combination of books, fingerplays, felt stories, and songs. Fun for the kids -- and great for family days! After 14 years of public library programming for preschool and early school years, she brings a wealth of experience and enjoyment to a 45-minute reading. Handouts and colouring sheets available on request.

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Junior kindergarten, Senior kindergarten, Primary (1-3)

Fees: Variable (more information on request)

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Write Now

Marie Powell's workshops introduce aspiring young writers to short fiction, poetry, and non-fiction with examples. She quickly establishes a safe place for hands-on exploration of ideas through writing prompts and exercises. Her experience spans a range in ages from Grade 2 to adult, and she gears her workshops to the time available for the appropriate age range.

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8), High school (9-12)

Fees: Variable (more information on request)