08/13/10 - Armed with a sharp wit and a penchant for seeing the lighter side of life, Lucy Fitzpatrick McFarlane has been spinning yarns for Downhome magazine for more than 20 years. Her vivid memories of childhood shenanigans and awkward adolescence, as well as her unique commentary on love, married life and growing older are always entertaining and often insightful.
Tickle & Bight is a 330-page book comprised of some of McFarlane’s favourite original short stories about life, love, laughter and growing up in the tiny community of Lord’s Cove on the Burin Peninsula, Newfoundland. The book is accompanied by illustrations by Mel D’Souza, a Goa, India native who now makes his home in Brampton, Ontario. A “Newfoundlander at heart,” he has been illustrating for Downhome magazine for the past 20 years.
Lucy Fitzpatrick-McFarlane has been writing short stories, newspaper columns and poems about her beloved native Newfoundland for more than 30 years. In addition to Downhome, where her "Tickle & Bight" column continues to appear bimonthly, her work has also been published in Newfoundland Lifestyle and Newfoundland Quarterly. After many years of living in Ontario, Lucy and her husband are now back in St. John’s.
Tickle & Bight is published by James Lane Publishing and distributed by Downhome Inc. The book is currently available at the Downhome Shoppe and Gallery, online at ShopDownhome.com, and in Downhome-supplied stores across Newfoundland.