David Newland

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.

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Jennifer Bogart and K.D. Miller

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 ArtsK.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 Festival  on October 26th at St Peter’s Church.

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Allison Townsend and Reva Nelson

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

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Christopher Cameron

Our guest this week is Christopher Cameron, writer, editor, one time opera singer and now the organizer of the Drama and Dance nights at the Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts, October 24-26, and the director of one of the plays to be presented. He is also a member of the panel which will be discussing sharing across the arts in the lunch hour on Saturday. He talks to us about the festival, his roles in it and why he thinks such events are important for the community.

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Ruth Clarke

This week we talk to  Ruth Clarke about her new book WHAT GOES AROUND. Ruth has written in many genres over the years but  WHAT GOES AROUND is Ruth’s  first full-length novel; her first publications: BEFORE THE SILENCE and WHAT WE HOLD DEAR were history books, but even then she used fictional characters as narrators—an element several readers have called magic realism. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and her journalism has been published in daily and weekly newspapers and magazines. She is a veteran of the writing and publishing community where she was promotion manager for a publishing company, co-founder of a book distribution company; she has worked for the Writers’ Union of Canada, and the Canada Council’s National Book Festival. Some of our listeners may remember that she developed and ran the Ganaraska Writers’ Colony in Port Hope.  She now divides her time between Canada and Latin America.

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Kim Aubrey

This week we interview Kim Aubrey who is a poet and short story writer. Her collection of stories What We Hold in Our Hands, published in 2013 by Demeter Press, received excellent reviews and she recently received an honorable mention for her work at the Bermuda Literary Awards.  She is an experienced workshop presenter and has run a successful writers’ retreat in Bermuda for many years. Kim is a great organizer and this year is deeply involved in various aspects of the Spirit of the Hills  Festival of the Arts o be held October 24th to 26th at St Peter’s Anglican Church in Cobourg. She talks about getting ready for the Festival.

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Cynthia Reyes

Cynthia Reyes’s published writing includes 6 books and several short stories in a variety of genres. Her new Myrtle the Purple Turtle children’s books have been critically-acclaimed bestsellers. A former writer-director, executive producer and journalism trainer with CBC Television, Cynthia produced more than a hundred episodes of network TV programs. National and international awards include the Diamond Book Award for Book of the Year, the Children’s Broadcast Institute Award, The Trailblazer Award, and the Crystal Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film and Television.  Today she talks about her latest Myrtle book and her work for the Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts, October 24-26 2019.

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Jessica Outram

This week we interview, Jessica Outram. Jessica’s play Once Upon a Rocking Chair recently had a run of sold out performances in Cobourg, Ontario. The Writing Spiral: Learning as a Writer is a book about eight thematic spirals exploring how we can cultivate a writing life of ongoing development. From the Cottage Porch: An Anthology captures the spirit of cottage life in Ontario. Jessica is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario. She is an elementary school principal who writes every day. Jessica is also a blogger at www.sunshineinajar.com. In June 2019, she was appointed Poet Laureate of Cobourg.

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Heather Chisvin

This week we are rebroadcasting our interview with Heather Chisvin. Heather was  born in Winnipeg to Jewish parents, whose own parents emigrated from Russia to escape the pogroms there. She studied English and Philosophy at university then worked as a print journalist in Winnipeg and with CBC as producer. She moved to Toronto and became a researcher with W5. Later she again produced radio documentaries for CBC before working as  a creative director in advertising. She moved to Port Hope with her partner Kurt Palka ten years ago and published her first novel in 2018.

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radio documentaries. Subsequently she went into advertising as an Associate Creative director and taught advertising copywriting at OCAD before going freelance doing all the things she had been doing or years. Ten years ago she moved to Port Hope with her partner, novelist Kurt Palka. They have 3 daughters from previous marriages and five granddaughters under five. Heather  published her first novel in 2018.

Tom Kerr

Meet Tom Kerr, a well-known businessman in Campbellford, and noted for his work in and for the community. He and his wife, Rose-Marie run their businesses Frog Whisker’s Ink and Kerr’s Corner Books, from the same centrally located building on Bridge Street but they keep them separate as they have different markets. Rosemarie’s clients for her designer stamps are international while Kerr’s Corner Bookstore is more focused on the needs of the local community. Today Tom talks about his love of community, books and life in a small-town.
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