Nancy Hayes is a paediatric nurse by profession and a writer by avocation. “Weaving Threads Travels on the Silk Road” is written by Nancy and illustrated by her husband Ross Hayes, a retired architect and urban planner. Published in April 2013 by Small Batch Books it is available at all major online bookstores. Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Canadian Women for Woman in Afghanistan to advance education for women and their families.
“It is 1965. Nancy and Ross Hayes set off in their VW Beetle to realize Nancy’s childhood dream retracing Marco Polo’s exotic route along the Silk Road that connects Europe and the Far East. Through rugged mountain passes, blast-furnace deserts, crumbling cities and fertile valleys rimmed by snow capped peaks they are utterly captivated by the majestic landscape, the ancient cultures, the kind hearted people and, most of all, by each other. Halted by war and the Soviet Iron Curtain they are forced to return to Canada where forty years will pass before the intrepid travellers return to complete their Silk Road journey.”
Nancy’s short story “Salaam Aleikum: Peace to You” won the prize for non-fiction at the 2010 Surrey International Writers Conference and “Desert Coffee” was short listed at the 2009 conference. Readers are drawn into “Weaving Threads” by the setting and their wish to learn more about places such as Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq that are often the subject of today’s news.