This week we are broadcasting the first of three holiday shows for 2019. Shane Joseph starts with a reading of his recollections, some good and some not so good, of past Christmases. Then Linda Hutsell Manning reads an excerpt from her recently published memoir, describing one of the highlights of the educational year, the Christmas concert at her one-room school. Al Seymour has a story about the joys of sledding and how his protagonists overcome a group of bullies.And Les Robling remembers how the holiday was celebrated during his youth in Wales.The stories are interspersed with a little music, commentary and best wishes for the season from your hosts Gwynn Scheltema, our new team member, Chris Cameron and Felicity Sidnell Reid.
Novelist Shelagh Hurley grew up in Ottawa. In truth, she grew up at the cottage on the Rideau Lake system, which her parents bought and built in the early 60s, so it’s very much in her bones. It’s on the same lake as the Queen’s Biology station. Each summer as a child she saw adults spending their time pooting about having a blast– that’s how it appeared to her, but of course they were doing all manner of research. She thought this wonderful, so she went to Queens, did a biology degree and then a Masters in New Brunswick and then back to Queens to do a PhD, which got hijacked by her going to law school which is another story. She’s been a small-town lawyer her entire career, over thirty years, in Picton. She’s always written, both as a lawyer (but only some of that writing is fiction), and as “writer”. Blackwater Bluff is the first novel she’s let out of the gate. Along the way, there were children and the vagaries of life, and always the cottage, to which she and her partner will retire in the very near future. Then she hopes to get back to where she started, chasing birds and insects, and writing.