This week we welcome prize winning writer Paul Nicolas Mason. Paul is the author of four novels. HIs first Battered Soles, nominated for the Stephen Leacock Award in 2005, his latest The Rogue Wave, hailed by Canadian librarians as one of three most anticipated Canadian books published in April of 2021. A successful playwright Paul has written six plays, five of which have been produced and won awards in the USA, and some in Ireland and Canada. Since he retired from teaching Paul has embarked on a new career in voice-acting, film and television. As of October of 2018, he has been involved in some fifty projects, including fifteen feature films and seven network television series. Paul became a member of ACTRA in late 2017.
This week our guest is Donna Wootton. Donna is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her nonfiction book about her father, MOON REMEMBERED, was published by Ginger Press. Her novel, What Shirley Missed, was published by Hidden Brook Press. Her poetry about Cuba was published in the anthology The Divinity of Blue. She has a poem and a short story coming out in an anthology called Musings. Her latest novel, Isadora’s Dance, is published by Blue Denim Press. Find out more about Donna at her website https://www.dmwootton.com
Today we are having a different kind of discussion at Word on the Hills: we hear about two Artists’ Residencies one in the Haliburton Highlands and one in Prince Edward County. What is a residency and what does it offer the artists and writers who are so lucky as to be granted one? Ruth E Walker is the co-chair of the Management Committee of the Hall’s Island Artist Residency in Haliburton County. Dr. Jean Baird is an administrator for the Al Purdy A Frame Residency and sophie anne edwards, an interdisciplinary artist, is the current resident at the Al Purdy A Frame House. Sophie was long listed this week for the CBC poetry prize. They will tell about the residencies from their own experience.
Ruth Clarke is the author of six books as well as short stories in several anthologies. Before she started writing full-time she worked for decades in the publishing industry. The last time she visited us she read from her first novel, WHAT GOES AROUND, published in 2019, which was set in Costa Rica and Nicaragua where she has wintered for several years. She belongs to a writers’ group in Costa Rica that meets each month via ZOOM, and writes blogs you can find on their site called Mango Musings. When she isn’t in Latin America, she now lives in Bobcaygeon where she grew up. Today she will read to us from TRACES, a work in progress
Ted Barris decided in grade school that he wanted to be a writer. He has had a stellar career as a journalist in every kind of media and has written, produced and directed numerous award winning documentaries. He gave 18 years to teaching journalism and broadcasting at Centennial College, becoming professor of print journalism in their Centre for Creative Communication, while establishing his reputation as a highly respected military historian and author of 20 bestselling books. In 2017 Ted decided to step down from his teaching and to go back, as he said, to where he came from as a full time freelancer. Since then he has continued to write for periodicals and make radio appearances and follows a heavy schedule as a public speaker in normal times, sometimes addressing as many as 6 audiences a week. He has also continued to publish books, his latest being Rush to Danger published in 2019. Please join us.