This week we wish you a Happy New Year with seasonal stories and poems. Maureen Mullally reads a poem, written by her late husband, Brian, about a childhood mystery of her own, called TWO OLD GENTS. Then, Felicity tells a story based on the exploits of a donkey that she and her siblings were given as children, titled STAGESTRUCK. In the second half of the show, listen to Ron Mackay read about his experience of Christmas as a young man in Buena del Norte on Tenerife. And finally Gwynn shares her story of Christmas in Africa, MUSHROOMS AND MISTLETOE
Janet Stobie is a writer, family counselor, storyteller, and ordained minister, During her nineteen years in parish ministry, Janet was particularly appreciated for her work with young people and children and she has written a number of books for children both ones which are biblically based and some which deal with current social issues. Her young adult novel FIREWEED now has a sequel, TO BEGIN AGAIN, published this past year.
Wally Keeler, who was born and raised in Cobourg, talks about his work. He now describes his occupation as Poetentate, and his location as People’s Republic of Poetry. His poems have been published in a number of literary arts journals, including Prism, Impulse, the Fiddlehead, Descant, West Coast Review and others. His poetry collection Walking on the Greenhouse Roof was published by Delta Canada, Montreal, to excellent reviews. Wally’s primary life interest is poetry and he has spent his life promoting it. Today he talks about some of his recent projects.
Erika Rummel is the author/editor of many non-fiction, historical works, the most recent being A NOBEL AFFAIR, an edited collection of correspondence between Alfred Nobel and his mistress, Sophie Hess. A Viennese newspaper reviewed the book, and the article “trended”, garnering some 300 comments and now the Austrian broadcasting company wants to interview her. This interest prompted Erika’s latest novel, THREE WOMEN AND ALFRED NOBEL. Her previous novel THE PAINTING ON AUERPERG’S WALL was published last spring and has led to a contract with her new publisher to re-publish several of her earlier novels, so the past year has been a very busy one for her