Each week, Celtic Life International invites readers to go behind the scenes and meet those who make our magazine possible. This week we profile author, poet, publisher, professor, surfer and Celtic Life International contributor Lesley Choyce.

NAME: Lesley Choyce.

AGE: 68.

HOMETOWN: Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada.

CELTIC CONNECTION: Descended from Corieltavi bean farmers near present-day Sibson, Leicestershire; considerable travels in the Celtic world from Brittany to northern Scotland.

HOBBIES: Surfing, guitar, spoken word, wilderness hiking, transcendental wood-splitting, poetry, loafing.

HEROES: Walt Whitman, William Wordsworth, Mickey Dora, Glenn T. Seaborg, Elizabeth May, Buckminster Fuller.

BEST CHARACTER ASSET: Wit, perseverance.


PET PEEVE: People who put their dog poop in plastic bags and then leave the bags on the beach (or anywhere else).

FAVE FOOD(S): Kale, arugula, zucchini, eggplant, garlic.

FAVE MUSICAL ARTIST(S): The Mandrake Memorial, Frank Zappa, Nazz, Jackson Browne.

FAVE MOVIES(S): The Gods Must Be Crazy, Waking Ned Devine.

FAVE TV SHOW(S): The Outer Limits.

FAVE BOOK(S): Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy, Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, Round Ireland With a Fridge by Tony Hawks.

FAVE PLACE(S) TO TRAVEL: West Coast of Ireland, Cornwall, Cape Breton Island.

TRAVEL BUCKET LIST: Preikestolen, Norway; The Ring of Bodgar, near the Loch of Harray, Orkney; Sable Island, Nova Scotia.

GUILTY PLEASURE(S): Eight track tapes, rambling, IPA.


BEST PART OF THE JOB: The freedom to write stylized, personalized, quirky prose.

BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: Don’t quit your day job; keep an open mind; remember, we are all human.