Welcome to our third and final holiday special for 2020. This week, you can hear seasonal stories from Felicity Sidnell Reid and Tom Pickering. Gwynn Scheltema and Christopher Black have poems for you and Diane Taylor reads a piece of memoir. Chris Cameron wraps up the programme with a short excerpt from Dickens’ Christmas Carol. All of us at Word on the Hills wish you a very Happy and Peaceful New Year.
Join our second holiday celebration and enjoy poetry from Katie Hoogendam, Kim Aubrey and Felicity Sidnell Reid, a story by Donna Wootton and music from Jessica Outram and Marie-Lynn Hammond, who both wrote songs specially for this programme. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Gwynn, Chris and Felicity
This week we bring you the first of our holiday programmes to celebrate the festivals of the winter season. We listen to Cynthia Reyes reading her story, The Perfect Christmas Tree and Chris Cameron reading his, Snow Angel. Poets Antony Di Nardo, Kate Macdonald and Anne-Marie Burrus share their poems about this special time, as the whole episode is wrapped up in a little Christmas music.
Word on the Hills talks to Christopher Black. Chris says that he’s continuing the journey that began in the UK as a working class lad brought to Canada by his parents for better opportunities and continued in steel town Hamilton as a high school and university student where he studied psychology, led student strikes, then ended up in lawschool. But all through those years he wanted to write and act. He tried to drop out of law to do that, going to acting school for 3 years and forming an acting company in Toronto that lasted 5 years but then he was forced by economics back into law. He became a trial lawyer, which was the next best thing to acting. Then spent 15 years in Europe at the international court in the Hague defending presidents and generals accused of war crimes, all the while trying to write. In the past few years, having the time to actually do it, he has produced a novel, a collection of poetry, some short stories and many political-legal essays, and when he gets frustrated trying to write even a line, he picks up his guitar to find a way through.