Our guest today, Christopher M. Briggs, graduated from Trinity College, University of Toronto, with a degree in English Literature and Philosophy. He spent forty years underwriting insurance contracts for large construction projects. He also served as a Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve. Christopher holds a Creative Writing Certificate from the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies as well as a post-graduate Certificate and Letter of Distinction from the Humber School for Writers. Trial is his first novel. Chris lived in Cobourg for 20 years and was an “extreme commuter” to Toronto on VIA Rail. Currently living in Toronto, he still has friends in Northumberland and loves to visit whenever he’s able.
Our guest today, Anne Marshall, is an adventure seeker. She and her partner have travelled the world by small aircraft, motorcycle, by foot and most recently in their camper van.Her extensive career in Hospitality has allowed Anne to live across the country, create lasting friendships and experience great opportunities in the airline, hotel, food service and resort industries.She calls The Kawarthas home – keeping busy with association and charity work, the family business Elmhirst’s Resort and continuing to write. Please join us.
In this episode meet Ken Morden. Ken has had an eclectic career. He grew up in Northern Ontario, graduated from McGill and obtained his CA designation in Quebec. Since then he has been a finance executive for two steel companies, a bank executive, president of a large printing company and lastly, for 25 years, owned a marketing company in Toronto. For the past 15 years he and his wife owned and ran a racehorse breeding farm north of Port Hope. Ever since he came to Northumberland Ken has been a patron and supporter of the Arts in this region. Recently he released a novel The Fraudulent Racehorse, about shenanigans in the racing world. Please join us.
Our guest today, Dale Patterson loves the media, be it print, broadcast, or online. At present he is a fixture on 98-7 FM with a popular show that airs every Monday afternoon from 1-4 pm. Graduating from Ryerson’s journalism program in 1974, Dale started his 35 year career working for Canadian Press. He began as an editor in the sports department but after 11 years he moved to the radio side of CP as an editor-reporter at Broadcast News. In the ensuing years Dale moved back and forth in many departments of Canadian Press including the Business Information Wire and CP’s Editorial Service Desk, writing and editing for CP’s cable news service. He moved to CP Online in 2002 and added Broadcast News editing duties in 2004. In 2008 he added duties on the World Desk. After 35 years and seven months at CP-BN, Patterson retired from the national news agency in May 2010. Somehow Dale also found time to write books during those years, the latest Close But No Cigar: Runnerups, Nearly-Weres and Also-Rans won the Bronze Medal in Humour at the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards
Today we talk with Sharon Ramsay Curtis who is the author and illustrator of EDWARD COVERED and GLADIOLA SLEEPS IN, two lovely picture books for young children. She is also a watercolour artist, potter and gardener. Sharon says, “as a human being I seem to be the most at ease when I am making, doing, and/or creating. I love that creating seems to keep my brain sharp and being in the presence of other creative persons seems to inspire me to venture further along my own creative path. I love useful things and my pottery, while decorative, is always functional and ergonomically designed. I am inspired by growing things, change, words and their meanings, colours, lines, and patterns. These are elements, which show up in my work most frequently. I create because creating is the conduit by which I am able to most understand the world and myself.”