Deborah Harford, Author, Executive Director, ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team), Pacific Water Research Centre, Faculty of Environment, SFU, Climate Solutions Fellow, SFU Centre for Dialogue, Adjunct Professor, School of Resource and Environmental Management, SFU, Vancouver, BC
Judyth Hill reignited my life as a writer.
I met Judyth in 2012 at a workshop in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and was immediately galvanized by her passion, poetic power, enormous heart, and boundless love for the way words can explode masks and the stiffness of the endless layers of everyday pressures, revealing the fragrance and colour, laughter and joy, at the heart of things. Judyth has roots in all poetic traditions, and she shares their fruits in a way that embraces everyone, making poetry - both the enjoyment and the writing of it - possible for all. Judyth's teaching got me writing again after a long period of stagnation and I am finally, at 52, about to publish my first book of poems. I think that Judyth should get a medal for service to society and the arts - in a world in which humanity and decency are under threat, she persists as a bright champion for the angels of our better nature, and how their essence can be expressed for all to share.