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Back to School Yoga & Writing Retreat In Prince Edward County:
September 27-29th, 2019

I will be co-teaching a yoga and writing retreat with my sister Julie Birrell in September in beautiful Prince Edward County. Come join us – and learn more about my teaching philosophy.

"The Birrell sisters believe in making time and space for our messy, mysterious, creative selves. Come experience a weekend free of city noise, inhibition, and distraction. We'll eat great food, stretch our bodies, and stretch our writing muscles too.

This just might be the school of your dreams!"

https://sites.google.com/view/easydoesityoga

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My first collection of poetry, Float and Scurry, will be launching in October 2019 and is available for pre-order.  Stay tuned for more details re: launch event particulars!

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CBC Books·Fall Book Preview
23 collections of Canadian poetry to watch for this fall

Heather Birrell's ambitions are thrown off by the surreal arrival of characters like Mr. T, Joni Mitchell, Fidel Castro and her mother in Float and Scurry, her debut poetry collection. The book explores the pursuit of writing, libraries, well-meaning friends and family and the death of the planet with humour and heart.

https://www.cbc.ca/books/float-and-scurry-1.5237632

awards

My poem “Snow Day Poem” won the hearts of readers to earn the Readers’ Choice award in Arc Magazine’s poem of the year!

http://arcpoetry.ca/2019/08/20/summer-2019/

Recently Published

Teacher, poet Heather Birrell: York Memorial fire destroyed books, sparked appreciation...

I recently wrote about the importance of physical books – and how the loss of many of those books in a school fire affected me and my students. You can find my thoughts here:

https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2019/06/14/teacher-poet-heather-birrell-york-memorial-fire-destroyed-books-sparked-appreciation.html