News Flash!  My father’s poetry, originally published in 1945, has just been re-issued by Flagon Press, U.K., under the title ‘Flowers in the Minefield’, James Crowden the editor and researcher. Check out my book page for ‘A Summer Father’ for more information.

…….December and September both start on the same day of the week every year, while December and April end on the same day; a couple of odd facts! And, beyond that, every family has their own special symbols for December, anything from angels, stars, to gingerbread houses. I’m usually baking cookies like crazy …



hangs scarlet bows                                                      C.Groc. ginger brd.1. 030
to branches rimmed with frost                                   
makes gingerbread

colours each day
with small pictures
and cedar branches

stirs cherries into cakes
plays carols over and over
wraps presents

tells familiar stories
year after year
round the tree


willow treegirl8The Willow Tree Girl for ages 7-11 … Weston doesn’t miss a beat as she untangles past and present, ghosts, missing treasure, and her heroine’s longing for success.


About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she is now living in Shawnigan Lake, BC. She is married to Robert, an accountant, and they have three sons, Andrew Jon Mark ... and two cats, Alice and Chaucer. Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more... Clarity House Press has published several of her chapbooks including: Berry and the Birthday Band (2010) One of These Little Ones (1987) – out of print Cuernavaca Diary (1990) – out of print Seasons (1993) – out of print Watch-night (2005) – out of print
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2 Responses to Tradition

  1. bill cook says:

    Hi Joanna, So glad to hear that your father’s poetry is being republished. I’m not doing much with poetry right now, but do hope to get back to it soon. – Bill Cook

  2. Hi Bill, Good to hear from you. I’m kind of stunned to realize how well-regarded John’s poetry is.
    All the best, Joanna

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