Join us to hear about Patricia Calder’s new book I FLEW INTO TROUBLE. Born into a prolific family of eight writers, Patricia Calder dreamed of becoming a writer herself. However, the travel bug hit and she lived in Europe for a year, visiting 22 countries. Then began a 30-year teaching career which included Writer’s Craft and Journalism. Meanwhile she kept the dream alive studying fiction writing under Canadian authors such as Matt Cohen.
She published a novel, Roadblock and is working on a story about her Uncle Jack called I Flew into Trouble. Her grandmother’s World War II scrapbook has recently been accepted into the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. She has also published splendid photographic records of her visits to the see the Spirit Bears in BC and the wild horses of Sable Island in Nova Scotia.
Join us for our latest conversation with Marie-Lynn Hammond. Marie-Lynn is a bilingual singer-songwriter, playwright, editor, writer, and occasional poet who happily moved to Cobourg eight years ago. She has published four plays and more than 50 articles and radio essays. Her play Beautiful Deeds/De Beaux Gestes was co-produced by Théâtre du P’tit Bonheur (Toronto) and the Manitoba Theatre Centre (Winnipeg). A 1987 production was seen at the Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon), at the National Arts Centre, and elsewhere. It was also successfully revived at the Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts in 2017. A founding member of Stringband, one of Canada’s seminal folk groups, she’s known for her original songs, which often tell uniquely Canadian stories. A passionate animal advocate, she can frequently be found rescuing cats.
This week we talk to Heather M. O’Connor, who is an award-winning writer of books for kids and teens. She is also an editor and workshop presenter. Her debut novel, The Betting Game was published by Orca Books in 2015. Her first picture book Fast Friends, illustrated by Claudia Dávila, is published by Scholastic Canada and was released in both English and French on July 21st, 2020. She also writes short stories, fantasy and historical fiction. Her latest book is Runs with the Stars which she wrote in collaboration with Darcy Whitecrow and is published in both English and Cree editions by Second Story Press. Heather lives in Peterborough, Ontario.
Today’s programme is a repeat of our interviews with Karin Wells about her book, The Abortion Caravan: When Women Shut Down Government in the Battle for the Right to Choose. Join us to hear Karin talk about this important step in the fight for women’s right to choose, in Canada. She also shares with us why, as one of Canada’s best known documentary makers and the winner of many awards, decided to write a book about this event.