Novelist Shelagh Hurley grew up in Ottawa. In truth, she grew up at the cottage on the Rideau Lake system, which her parents bought and built in the early 60s, so it’s very much in her bones. It’s on the same lake as the Queen’s Biology station. Each summer as a child she saw adults spending their time pooting about having a blast– that’s how it appeared to her, but of course they were doing all manner of research. She thought this wonderful, so she went to Queens, did a biology degree and then a Masters in New Brunswick and then back to Queens to do a PhD, which got hijacked by her going to law school which is another story. She’s been a small-town lawyer her entire career, over thirty years, in Picton. She’s always written, both as a lawyer (but only some of that writing is fiction), and as “writer”. Blackwater Bluff is the first novel she’s let out of the gate. Along the way, there were children and the vagaries of life, and always the cottage, to which she and her partner will retire in the very near future. Then she hopes to get back to where she started, chasing birds and insects, and writing.
Caroline Everson was born in England and came to Port Hope with her family as a young child. She still lives there today. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA in Geography, and has worked in banking, retail, advertising & small businesses while raising three children. She also found time to write. In the past, her work has been published in local newspapers and magazines, and she has won two writing contests with her short fiction. Some of her stories were included in “It Ain’t Shakespeare”, a collection published by Cobourg’s Pollard Writers Guild in 2004. Caroline’s first book sale came in 2007. “Ali Runs With the Pack” was part of an educational program from Scholastic Canada. Her picture book, “Song on the Wind”, was published at the end of 2017. It’s an end-of-the-day poem, beautifully illustrated by Anne Marie Bourgeois.
This week we play our interview with poet, Kate Rogers, who has lived and worked in Hong Kong for many years. While visiting Cobourg in the summer, to read her poetry, she told us about living in Hong Kong and the strength of the protests by young people against the extradition law proposed by the Hong Kong government and the erosion of freedoms in the city. She respects and admires the protesters’ bravery and determination to continue their fight for their “Five demands, not one less” and is deeply concerned about the the growing violence of the police in the face of the protest movement. Kate also talks about her repatriation to Canada this month, and her concept of home.
Kate Rogers’ poetry has appeared in literary journals in the U.S., Canada, UK; Hong Kong; Japan and Malaysia. Highlights include World Literature Today; the Fieldstone Review (University of Saskatchewan); Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century; Algebra of Owls; Voice and Verse; Twin Cities Cinema (Hong Kong-Singapore); Juniper; The Guardian; Asia Literary Review; Cha: an Asian Literary Journal; The Goose: a journal of Arts, Environment and Culture; Many Mountains Moving and Kyoto Journal. Her poems won second place in the 2018-2019 Big Pond Rumours Contest. They have been shortlisted for the 2018 Vancouver Tagore Society Contest and the 2017 Montreal International Poetry Prize. Kate’s latest poetry collection is, “Out of Place” (Aeolus House–an imprint of Quattro Books– Toronto, 2017). Kate will repatriate to Canada from Hong Kong in late November 2019.
This week meet Greg Kieszkowski who was born in Poland and came to Canada with his family when he was 15. Settling here wasn’t all that easy but Greg graduated from high school took a business diploma from George Brown College and then studied Philosophy and English at York graduating from there with a teaching diploma in 2000. He has taught at an Ajax high school for nearly 20 years. Two years ago he took a 3 day workshop and since then has started writing. His first book called Quintessential Quotations was released recently and he is planning a whole series
Matthew KIng grew up in Etobicoke, and was deeply shaped by his summers at the cottage his grandfather built on Wollaston Lake in Hastings County. He began writing poetry in high-school in a largely unsuccessful attempt to get girls to fall in love with him. He veered from English into philosophy and published a book based on his doctoral work titled Heidegger and Happiness: Dwelling on Fitting and Being. He taught at York until 2014, and in 2015 he moved to the Marmora area with his partner Brenda and their three cats. Since then he has made the trek back from philosophy to what Heidegger calls the “neighbouring mountaintop” of poetry. He is the winner of the poetry prize in Spirit of the Hills Writing contest this year.
Linda Hutsell-Manning has eleven published children’s books, poetry/short fiction in literary magazines and a novel, That Summer in Franklin to her credit. She has taught Community College creative writing and given countless school/library workshops across Canada. Her two-act comedy, A Certain Singing Teacher premiered in 2017. Her memoir of her early days as a teacher, in a one room schoolhouse in Cobourg has just been released by Blue Denim Press.
We interview Shane Joseph, who began writing as a teenager living in Sri Lanka and has never stopped. His latest novel, released in 2019, is Milltown, a tale of intrigue in a small Ontario town. His career stints include: stage and radio actor, pop musician, encyclopedia salesman, lathe machine operator, airline executive, travel agency manager, vice president of a global financial services company, software services salesperson, publishing editor, project manager and management consultant. He feels that he has lived many lives in just a single lifetime, always starting from scratch with only the lessons from the past to draw upon. He talks about his latest writing and the release of Hill Spirits IV at the launch and concert at SOTH’s Festival of the Arts On October 26th. Shane will be MC at the event
David Newland talks about his songs and the workshop he’s giving on October 26th at the Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts at St Peter’s Church 240 College Street, Cobourg. David was born in Ottawa, raised on the shores of Georgian Bay near Parry Sound and crisscrossed Canada and traveled the world before settling here. David still spends summers travelling with Adventure Canada as a Zodiac driver, performer and host. He also travels as a performer and speaker from coast to coast throughout the year. His musical presentation, The Northwest Passage in Story and Song has been selling out venues across Canada since 2016. He has been featured in the television programs Canada’s Greatest Ride (for which he also wrote the theme song), and Mighty Cruise Ships and has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows. David is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Not only is he giving a workshop on the Heart and Art of Song at 9.30 but he is also a panelist at the discussion of “sharing across the arts” at 12.15 Saturday October 26th.
Felicity and guest host, Chris Cameron, talk to Jennifer Bogart and K. D. Miller. Jennifer Bogart Jacquith is a writer, with three adult novels and a number of mid-grade and YA books to her credit. She has been a publisher and editor and is now the owner of Let’s Talk Books, recently featured in a Globe and Mail article.On October 26th, she is giving a workshop on self publishing at the Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts. K.D. Miller’s stories and essays have appeared in Canadian literary magazines, have been collected in Oberon’s Best Canadian Stories, The Journey Prize Anthology, and have been broadcast by the CBC. Her latest story collection, Late Breaking, inspired by the paintings of Alex Colville was published by Biblioasis in 2018. Named one of the best of 2018 by the Globe and Mail, it was short-listed for the Trillium award and recently long-listed for the Giller prize. This week Late Breaking made the short list for a Governor General’s Award Don’t miss her workshop at SOTH’s Festivalon October 26th at St Peter’s Church.
Join us to hear about two exciting workshops being given at the Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts. In the first half Allison Townsend of the Firelight Bellydance Troupe in Campbellford tells us about her participation in the Festival of the Arts. October 24-26 at St Peter’s Church in Cobourg. Allison will be dancing in the Drama and Dance nights on Thursday and Friday and giving a workshop to people who’d like to try belly dancing themselves on Saturday. In the second half, we talk to Reva Nelson. An accomplished speaker, workshop leader and facilitator, Reva has inspired hundreds of people with her wit, insights and research. Well-known author of “Risk It!” and “Bounce Back” and co-author of the Masters Collection on Leadership, and two books on Speaking, clients found her sessions both practical and stimulating. Reva will give a workshop at the festival called Positive Risk Taking, to help artists, actors, and anyone to step out of their comfort zone