Paddy Scott was born and raised in Trenton, Ontario, the fictionalized version of which provides the setting for his novel, The Union of Smokers. His fiction has appeared in magazines across Canada, has been nominated for Canadian Magazine Awards and The Journey Prize as well as being a finalist for an Alberta Magazine Award, and longlisted several times for the CBC fiction and poetry prizes. The Union of Smokers, published by Invisible Publishing, was one of 49th Shelf’s books of the year for 2020 and longlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal.
Meet Pat Butler! After many years teaching high school physics and mathematics, Pat joined the world of industry, specializing in writing ironclad manufacturing procedures — think Dove soap. Pat had always found it easier to write non-fiction than to invent a storyline. Following retirement and divorce, she took a Life Stories writing course and published an embellished memoir about her transition from the devastating end of her forty-one-year marriage to the beginning of new marital bliss. Now, with Through Her Opera Glasses, Pat has invented an accompanying narrative to her mother’s found letters, proving that she is just as skilled at inventing storylines as writing training manuals. Pat lives with her husband in Toronto. But from 1986 to 2010 she spent countless weeks at her former cottage east of Brighton, paying frequent visits to Cobourg and PEC.
Our guest this week is Reva Nelson. She’s from Hamilton, has a degree in Psychology and Education from Western University, and lived in London, Guelph, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and then Toronto before moving to Cobourg almost 6 years ago. Reva has had several careers, as an actor, conference planner, ESL teacher, seminar leader and professional keynote speaker. She was one of the first females in the speaking business, as President of Words.Worth Keynotes & and she spoke across Canada on Positive Risk-taking and Resilience. Reva is the author of 4 books, Risk It!, Bounce Back!, a memoir—Hippie Chick Abroad, and recently, a book of poetry, Twisted Branches. She volunteers for the Art Gallery, the Civic Awards Committee and several Boards. Reva also writes for newspapers and magazines and enjoys the easy access to the lake and nature that Cobourg offers.
This week we interview Abigail Miller and Katie Kennedy who are engaged in the redevelopment of the Northumberland County Archives and Museum at its new location in Cobourg. Abigail Miller is Archivist at the Northumberland County Archives and Museum. She is responsible for building the strategic vision and overseeing operations at NCAM. Abigail holds a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and Folklore, graduating from Memorial University and the Museum Management and Curatorship program at Fleming College.
Katie Kennedy is Curator for NCAM, focused on authentic community collaborations. Katie graduated from University of Ottawa with a BA in Classical Studies and was educated in the university’s Museum of Classical Antiquities. Katie is currently enrolled in the Ontario Museum Association’s Certificate in Museum Studies and is a participant in the OMA Conference Mentorship program. Please join us to find out more about this exciting project.
Ronald Mackay visits with us again to catch us up on his most recent work. Ronald spent his earliest years in his grandmother’s home in rural Scotland in the 1940s. Like most folks in that region, he spoke both Scots and English and intuitively learned when it was appropriate to use one or the other. He was educated first at the Morgan Academy in Dundee and later, at both Aberdeen and Edinburgh universities. He was awarded a doctorate by l’ Université de Montréal for his educational research in the Northwest Territories. Like many Scots, he has made a career in countries far from his native home. He undertook development projects in education and agriculture, in many parts of the world, and has farmed in the UK, the Canary Islands, Mexico, Canada, Chile and Argentina. In 2012, he turned to more creative writing when he and his wife, Viviana, returned to Canada from Argentina.