Thursday, September 2, 2010

Riddle Fence #6: An unexpected take on some old cultural icons

The sixth issue of Riddle Fence, hitting newsstands now, takes an in-depth, eloquent and not always easy look at John Guy’s colony as the Cupids settlement celebrates its 400th birthday.

Launched recently as part of the province’s Cupids 400 celebrations, this issue includes a fascinating and detailed essay by archaeologist Bill Gilbert on written records of the colony’s early days.

Also in this issue, we offer saucy samplings in our Fakelore (as in “fake folklore”) series, including artwork by Jackie Alcock and Robin McGrath's homegrown version of Grey's Anatomy. Meanwhile, 17th century Newfoundland comes alive as Patrick Warner takes a peek at Robert Hayman’s Quodlibets, believed to have been the first book of English verse written in the so-called New World.

Other highlights include:

  • an intimate essay on leaving, belonging and outport churches by Amanda Jernigan, with photographs by John Haney
  • poems by Griffin Prize winner A. F. Moritz and others
  • fiction by Shane Nielson, who takes a sideways swipe at hockey culture
  • artworks by Grant Boland and Jonathan Green that illuminate the issue and make Riddle Fence as marvelous to look at as it is to read.

Riddle Fence, a journal of arts and culture, is available for purchase at bookstores and magazine stands around Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada.

For more information on the journal, visit, or contact managing editor Michelle Butler Hallett at

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