Get Between the Covers of Taproot

Townshippers have fascinating stories and they tell them through written word, photography or other artistic mediums.  In 1999, Townshippers’ Association set out to celebrate these stories and images through the publication of Taproot: Poetry, Prose and Images of the Eastern Townships.

Featuring original unpublished works, four editions of the anthology have been produced and submissions are being currently accepted for the fifth, which will be produced as part of its 35th-anniversary celebrations in 2014.

Taproot captures the unique culture and heritage of the region’s English-speaking community by sharing the works of emerging writers and artists alongside recognizable locals such as Louise Abbott, Ross Murray, Julia Rohan and Ann Scowcroft.

Townshippers’ is pleased to share with readers an excerpt from “The River” a story by award-winning writer Gladys Mackey Beattie, which appeared in Taproot III.

“We grew up near the St. Francis River. Our house was over a little hill that our elderly neighbour, Mr. Addison, called an esker. We lived on the River Road. Four miles up the river there was a bridge in Brompton, and four miles downstream in Windsor Mills, there was another bridge. Mr. Addison told us that, in his youth, there had been a ferry crossing not far from our place called Ward’s Ferry. Now there was no way to cross the river near where we lived. For us, across the river was another world.”

Poets, writers, photographers and visual artists of all ages are invited to submit their works for a chance of being published and read in Taproot V. Submissions are open until Friday, January 31, 2014. Please review the full guidelines available under the Culture tab at, before submitting entries by email or post.  For details or to request a copy of the guidelines, call 819-566-5717 (toll-free 1-866-566-5717).

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, catch our column in the Brome County News, listen to Townshippers’ broadcast on radio CIDI 99.1 FM every Friday at 5 p.m., and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website Connect with the Association in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.

Publication: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, Nov 18, 2013

Photo Credit:  Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: Along with written works, the next edition of Taproot will once again showcase the original work of local visual artists such as Rose Marie Le Breton whose piece “Chez Rich” appears on page 92 of Taproot III.