Cozy Fest: Sheila O’Neill + Suliewey

Joining us for Cozy Fest is Sheila O’Neill, co-author of Suliewey (Breakwater Books) with an aptly titled passage called “Hibernating Like Bears” from the book. With a little explainer of some of the Mi’kmaw words used in the book, Sheila regales us with a warm-hearted excerpt about kinship and generosity. 


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Sheila O’Neill reads from Suliewey (Breakwater Books)

About our reader

Sheila O’Neill is from Kippens, NL, and is a member of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. Sheila is a mother and grandmother and has a solid background in Indigenous issues and post-secondary education. Sheila is a Drum Carrier and carries many teachings passed down by respected Elders. As a founding member and past President of the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network (NAWN), she has been part of a grassroots movement of empowerment of Indigenous women within the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador. An experienced educator, Sheila has worked as a communications instructor with College of the North Atlantic (CNA) in both Newfoundland and Labrador and Doha, Qatar. Sheila holds a BA and BEd, both from Memorial University. She lives in St. John’s.

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Thanks to Sheila for reading from her new book for All Lit Up’s second-annual Cozy Fest! You can learn more about Suliewey, and order from ALU or your fave local bookstore (via the Shop Local button), right here.

For more to come, or to catch up on the series, click here.