Alden Hadwen



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Updated November 2019---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. She and her aging dog, Captain, have happily put down roots in their new home, starting a new chapter ; a life of retreat, with some consulting about matters related to visual arts, 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, 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, from both her parents. She misses her work on the radio which was possible living in Guelph, but so far does not have an outlet in Stratford. She continues to write poetry, currently working on a new collection " O For an Orchard" expected out in late 2020, as well as preparing for publication of "12 Circus Poems" with pen and ink illustrations by the author.