BFW16 Charis Cotter

Charis Cotter is an award-winning writer and storyteller. Her novel, The Swallow: A Ghost Story, won the IODE Violet Downey Book Award for 2015 and has been shortlisted for numerous awards across Canada. It was a finalist for the 2016 Newfoundland and Labrador Bruneau Family Foundation Children’s/YA Literature Award. She has written several critically acclaimed children’s books, including a series of biographies about extraordinary children and an illustrated book about international ghosts. Her storybook, The Ferryland Visitor: A mysterious tale, with artwork by Gerald L. Squires, was published in June 2016 by Running the Goat Books & Broadsides.


Charis has worked extensively in schools in Newfoundland, across Canada and in the United States, doing writing workshops and dramatic presentations based on her books. In 2013 she published The Ghosts of Baccalieu, a book of traditional ghost stories collected by students from Tricon Elementary in Bay de Verde. Her latest storytelling presentation, “The Ghosts of Grates Cove,” is an hour of ghost stories from one of the most haunted places in Newfoundland: Conception Bay North, where she lives.


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