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Ainsley Hawthorn

Ainsley Hawthorn, Ph.D., is a cultural historian, author, and multidisciplinary artist. Raised in Steady Brook, Newfoundland & Labrador, and now based in St. John’s, she earned her doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University.

Hawthorn is passionate about using her academic knowledge to bring new ideas about culture, history, and religion to a general audience.

As a public scholar, she blogs for Psychology Today, writes for CBC, and has contributed to various other publications, including The Globe and Mail, the National Post, and the Newfoundland Quarterly.

She edited the anthology Land of Many Shores: Stories from a Diverse Newfoundland and Labrador, and is currently completing her first solo-authored non-fiction book, The Other Five Senses.

From the Rock series credits include ‘The Patchwork Skin’ in Mythology from the Rock, ‘Every Child a Changeling’ from Fairy Tales from the Rock, and ‘Big Cats of Newfoundland’ from Cryptids from the Rock.

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The Fiction of Ainlsey Hawthon

With work that draws attention to what it means to exist in Newfoundland, Hawthorn is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is explored through fiction, non-fiction, journalism, textiles, dance, and more. She is one of, if not the, greatest Newfoundland artists living today. 

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