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Mel Had Tea

I’m Mel Hattie, a photographer and fiction writer on the East Coast. You might know me for my documentary work or blogging about tea and travel.

Throughout the years, I've enjoyed putting together thoughtful essays, photo series, and anecdotes about the above. My work has appeared in publications across North America, Europe, and Japan.

Since 2021, I've been developing my practice as a fiction writer. My work is supported by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, and I'm an alum of the Banff Centre's Writer's Retreat. I'm proud and happy to be able to dig into this next chapter of my creative life with you.

If you add your e-mail address below, you'll get letters and updates from me every so often. Thank you for your support!

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With change and gratitude

Dear reader, For the past 273 days—39 weeks—I’ve been engaged in writing this newsletter to you. To be honest, when I started out I wasn’t sure I’d get this far! There’s been something beautiful about writing a weekly missive. It requires daily practice and

With change and gratitude
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On attention

The power of focusing on what you want

On attention
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Help! Everything is important and I can’t go on

A few words from a post-post-secondary perspective

Help! Everything is important and I can’t go on