Hilary Schaper
Re-cognitions

Hilary Schaper - Re-cognitions

Creative Nonfiction
Hilary Schaper’s essays have been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, earned Honorable Mention in New Letters’ nonfiction contest, and… Read more »
Alice Lowe
The Idea of North

Alice Lowe - The Idea of North

Creative Nonfiction
Alice Lowe reads and writes about life and literature, food and family. Her personal essays have appeared in numerous literary… Read more »

The Idea of North

Alice Lowe

The ice was here, the ice was there,
The ice was all around
— Rime of the Ancient Mariner

It started with a song—

I’m not drawn to cold and snow. Or to water—immersion in it, that is—though I can’t imagine not living near an ocean. I don’t ski or sail or do anything you could call adventurous. I’ve never been a fan of action stories, explorations into uncharted territory, exploits on the high seas. I live in the perpetual summer of Southern California and have ventured no farther north than Vancouver, British Columbia. And yet, on the basis of a plaintive tune I first heard in the beery warmth of an English pub on a weathery spring evening more than 15 years ago, I’m infected by a strain of “Franklin Fever.”

It was folk night at the Royal Oak in Lewes, East Sussex. My husband and I visited the region almost every year over a period of twelve years, so while details of specific trips blur in my mind, I’ve pinpointed this particular night to April 2000. We would have ridden the bus that rainy evening from our self-catering… Read more »