Cynthia Reyes’s published writing includes 6 books and several short stories in a variety of genres. Her new Myrtle the Purple Turtle children’s books have been critically-acclaimed bestsellers. A former writer-director, executive producer and journalism trainer with CBC Television, Cynthia produced more than a hundred episodes of network TV programs. National and international awards include the Diamond Book Award for Book of the Year, the Children’s Broadcast Institute Award, The Trailblazer Award, and the Crystal Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film and Television. Today she talks about her latest Myrtle book and her work for the Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts, October 24-26 2019.
This week we interview, Jessica Outram. Jessica’s play Once Upon a Rocking Chair recently had a run of sold out performances in Cobourg, Ontario. The Writing Spiral: Learning as a Writer is a book about eight thematic spirals exploring how we can cultivate a writing life of ongoing development. From the Cottage Porch: An Anthology captures the spirit of cottage life in Ontario. Jessica is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario. She is an elementary school principal who writes every day. Jessica is also a blogger at www.sunshineinajar.com. In June 2019, she was appointed Poet Laureate of Cobourg.
This week we are rebroadcasting our interview with Heather Chisvin. Heather was born in Winnipeg to Jewish parents, whose own parents emigrated from Russia to escape the pogroms there. She studied English and Philosophy at university then worked as a print journalist in Winnipeg and with CBC as producer. She moved to Toronto and became a researcher with W5. Later she again produced radio documentaries for CBC before working as a creative director in advertising. She moved to Port Hope with her partner Kurt Palka ten years ago and published her first novel in 2018.
radio documentaries. Subsequently she went into advertising as an Associate Creative director and taught advertising copywriting at OCAD before going freelance doing all the things she had been doing or years. Ten years ago she moved to Port Hope with her partner, novelist Kurt Palka. They have 3 daughters from previous marriages and five granddaughters under five. Heather published her first novel in 2018.