Janet Stobie is a writer, storyteller and ordained minister, who lives in Peterborough, Ontario. During Covid 19 Janet has been busy completing two writing projects. Rajah Becomes a True King and Breakthrough Moments, two very different books. Including these two new ones, Janet has written and published four children’s picture books, three short story collections, two novels and one worship resource. In addition Janet writes a column for the Millbrook Times, writes a blog that is part of her website, enjoys filling in for colleagues on Sunday mornings at church, and would normally be doing guest speaking at fundraisers and group meetings. Janet likes variety.
Conrad Beaubien’s love of storytelling has engaged him in a life of the arts. A creator, writer and director of films, his expression includes music, painting and sculpture. Currently writing for the stage, Conrad has garnered audiences for recent theatre works: Stringman’, ‘Back of Hoards Station’, ‘Bridge Street’ and ‘The Undoing of Billy Slim’. Living in Prince Edward County, he shares a two centuries old worker’s cottage with the squirrels in the attic. Conrad is a columnist for the Wellington Times and a regular contributor to Watershed Magazine.
Meet Erin Silver, who has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her work has appeared in everything from The Washington Post and The Globe and Mail to Harper’s Bazaar and Good Housekeeping, among many other North American magazines, newspapers and blogs. Her first book, Just Watch Me, is a middle grade novel about social media, video games and divorce. It won the bronze medal in the Uncommon Quest Writing Competition and a publishing contract with Common Deer Press. Her picture book, What Kids Did: Stories of Kindness and Invention in the Time of COVID-19 is about the ways kids around the world helped others during the pandemic. Erin has several other children’s books being published through 2023. She has a postgraduate journalism degree from Ryerson University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from King’s College.
This week we welcome Ronald Mackay. Ronald Mackay immigrated to Canada in 1976 from Mexico, where he had been working in international development. He has made the transition from academic to creative writing in the years since retiring from university teaching. He has already published a memoir about working life on the island of Tenerife before mass tourism. Now he has just published his first-hand account of life behind the Iron Curtain, in the 1960s when the communist dictator, Nicolae Ceaușescu ruled Romania entitled, TheKilt Behind The Curtain.