Alden Hadwen



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Updated Spring 2021---In January 2018, Alden moved to the beautiful town of Stratford, Ontario, Canada. This is a community with a renowned summer theatre festival, a summer music festival, a chef's school and a satellite campus for the University of Waterloo. The musician, singer songwriter Loreena McKennitt is based in Stratford, her music has always been an inspiration. It is a community full of creative people and the familiar traditions of that warm SW Ontario personality with a history of agriculture and railways.


Stratford exudes creative energy and something else as well; a mystical sense of place, perhaps because of the river, or perhaps the lay of the land and the many aquifers which converge in Stratford. Lake Huron is only an hour's drive away. Alden has moved into an 1879 yellow brick cottage near the railway station, with a beautiful large garden where she has planted a small orchard and has an old fashioned wooden caravan to use as a writer's retreat. Her wonderful old dog Captain died in January. Now she has a lovely new puppy called Iseult. In this life of retreat, with some work consulting about matters related to visual arts, she is taking lots of time for family, children and grandchildren,  and for visits with good friends, always discovering anew the richness of life and beauty of nature. Playing with ideas, exploring and curious always about, how to express the important moments of every day, the human condition  and how nature impacts our spiritual existence.


There is also an influence,  in her work and her life,  of her Celtic ancestry, a Quaker heritage and a close connection to France as well as a strong tradition of respect for intellectual pursuits, reading and the arts. She was born on the west coast where there is a deep affinity. Alden continues to host a radio show , 'Beautiful Druid', on, The university of Guelph Community Radio Station.  She continues to write poetry, currently working on a new collection " O For an Orchard" expected out in late 2021, as well as preparing for publication of "12 Circus Poems" with pen and ink illustrations by the author.