Join us this week to meet Marie Prins. Marie is a remedial reading teacher with her own practice, The Reading Room. She lives with her artist husband in an historic, octagonal home in Colborne. She writes memoir, poetry, and children’s books, including a mid-grade novel The Girl from the Attic which was the Uncommon Quest 2019 Silver Award winner from Common Deer Press and is to be released by them in October. Currently Marie is a participant in the 12×12 Challenge to write 12 picture books in 12 months, which is harder than she anticipated. She is a member of Hill Spirits Writers Group (and contributor to their anthologies), Canscaip, and SCBWI East Canada.
Ted Staunton’s words and music have entertained audiences of all ages for years. You’ve heard him at the Port Hope Jazz Fest, Cultivate, and the Capitol, and venues across Canada. His books are published around the world and he has two brand new ones to share right now from Scholastic Canada: Friends for Real, a picture book and It Seemed Like a Good Idea…Canadian Feats, Facts, and Flubs, for ages 9-90, written with his son Will. Catch their music video about it on uTube and join us on the show to hear our talk with Ted.
Jessica Outram says she’s been lucky to have time to pursue the things she loves. She’s a playwright, director, actor, singer, publisher, reader, teacher, principal, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and poet. She’s a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario and a Creativity Coach and Reiki Practitioner. In June 2019 she was appointed Cobourg’s 4th Poet Laureate. For more than twenty years, she’s worked as an educator in Ontario in both Elementary and Secondary schools. Creativity-in-community is important to her. Here are some of the local groups she’s connected to: Northumberland Players, Safe Harbour and SONG, Spirit of the Hills Arts Association, and Cobourg Poetry Workshop.
Meet Michael Croucher who was born in England during the last year of WW2. His family moved to Canada in 1953 and settled in Toronto. He served in the Metropolitan Toronto Police Department for 18 years, and became a member of The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit investigating organized crime. His police experience has provided plenty of inspiration and background for his fiction. An award–winning crime writer, he has published two novels: Bravo’s Veil and Diamond Run and he is building his list of crime and mystery novels and a collection of short stories, He is also working on some memoir material. He and his wife now live in Cobourg. They have two married daughters, and five grandchildren. When not writing, he reads fiction, researches writing and reading and other areas of interest, and follows his favorite podcasts.
This week we are rerunning a show we made last year with Ruth Clarke. .Ruth has written in many genres over the years but WHAT GOES AROUND is Ruth’s first full-length novel; her first publications: BEFORE THE SILENCE and WHAT WE HOLD DEAR were history books, but even then she used fictional characters as narrators—an element several readers have called magic realism. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and her journalism has been published in daily and weekly newspapers and magazines. She is a veteran of the writing and publishing community where she was promotion manager for a publishing company, co-founder of a book distribution company; she has worked for the Writers’ Union of Canada, and the Canada Council’s National Book Festival. She now divides her time between Canada and Latin America.