Gwynn Scheltema’s poetry has been published in anthologies, journals and magazines in Canada, Europe and South Africa, online and in print. She is one of five featured poets in One Ticket Five Rides. (Whirling Dervish Press). Gwynn writes from her peaceful home on the shores of Lake Seymour on the Trent Severn Waterway system in Ontario, Canada, but she was born and raised amid drought and dust and civil war in Southern Africa. These two contrasting landscapes vie for attention in her writing. Ten of Diamonds was her COVID project, published in June this year.
Felicity Sidnell Reid is a poet who also writes short stories and nonfiction. Many of her poems have been published in anthologies, in print and online journals, magazines and blogs. Her novel, Alone: A Winter in the Woods was released by Hidden Brook Press in 2015 and published as an e-book in 2020. She is the co-editor with Kim Aubrey of Our Pandemic Times, A Journal in Times of Pandemic and Lockdown. (Blue Denim Press 2021.) She released The Yellow Magnolia and Other Poems in June 2021.
Our guest today, Christopher M. Briggs, graduated from Trinity College, University of Toronto, with a degree in English Literature and Philosophy. He spent forty years underwriting insurance contracts for large construction projects. He also served as a Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve. Christopher holds a Creative Writing Certificate from the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies as well as a post-graduate Certificate and Letter of Distinction from the Humber School for Writers. Trial is his first novel. Chris lived in Cobourg for 20 years and was an “extreme commuter” to Toronto on VIA Rail. Currently living in Toronto, he still has friends in Northumberland and loves to visit whenever he’s able.
Our guest today, Anne Marshall, is an adventure seeker. She and her partner have travelled the world by small aircraft, motorcycle, by foot and most recently in their camper van.Her extensive career in Hospitality has allowed Anne to live across the country, create lasting friendships and experience great opportunities in the airline, hotel, food service and resort industries.She calls The Kawarthas home – keeping busy with association and charity work, the family business Elmhirst’s Resort and continuing to write. Please join us.
In this episode meet Ken Morden. Ken has had an eclectic career. He grew up in Northern Ontario, graduated from McGill and obtained his CA designation in Quebec. Since then he has been a finance executive for two steel companies, a bank executive, president of a large printing company and lastly, for 25 years, owned a marketing company in Toronto. For the past 15 years he and his wife owned and ran a racehorse breeding farm north of Port Hope. Ever since he came to Northumberland Ken has been a patron and supporter of the Arts in this region. Recently he released a novel The Fraudulent Racehorse, about shenanigans in the racing world. Please join us.
Our guest today, Dale Patterson loves the media, be it print, broadcast, or online. At present he is a fixture on 98-7 FM with a popular show that airs every Monday afternoon from 1-4 pm. Graduating from Ryerson’s journalism program in 1974, Dale started his 35 year career working for Canadian Press. He began as an editor in the sports department but after 11 years he moved to the radio side of CP as an editor-reporter at Broadcast News. In the ensuing years Dale moved back and forth in many departments of Canadian Press including the Business Information Wire and CP’s Editorial Service Desk, writing and editing for CP’s cable news service. He moved to CP Online in 2002 and added Broadcast News editing duties in 2004. In 2008 he added duties on the World Desk. After 35 years and seven months at CP-BN, Patterson retired from the national news agency in May 2010. Somehow Dale also found time to write books during those years, the latest Close But No Cigar: Runnerups, Nearly-Weres and Also-Rans won the Bronze Medal in Humour at the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards
Today we talk with Sharon Ramsay Curtis who is the author and illustrator of EDWARD COVERED and GLADIOLA SLEEPS IN, two lovely picture books for young children. She is also a watercolour artist, potter and gardener. Sharon says, “as a human being I seem to be the most at ease when I am making, doing, and/or creating. I love that creating seems to keep my brain sharp and being in the presence of other creative persons seems to inspire me to venture further along my own creative path. I love useful things and my pottery, while decorative, is always functional and ergonomically designed. I am inspired by growing things, change, words and their meanings, colours, lines, and patterns. These are elements, which show up in my work most frequently. I create because creating is the conduit by which I am able to most understand the world and myself.”
This week, we talk with Mark Macmillan. Mark is a published author, award-winning newspaper editor, reporter and communications specialist. During the course of his career he has conducted province-wide advertising campaigns in print, radio, newspaper, digital, online and electronic billboards. He has also produced a dozen TV commercials. A full-time husband, father and grandfather, Mark is an avid angler, amateur chef, long-time Commissioner of a National Football League pool, home-grown hot sauce maker and avid book, art, comics and walking stick collector as well as a music lover and major league Toronto Blue Jays fan. He and his wife live in picturesque Quinte West, Ontario. His recently launched book, The Rankin Street Raiders, or Tom Sawyer times five, chronicles the exploits of young boys and their misadventures in a combined spirit of friendship and glee when times were simpler and the world was their pirating playground.
Meet Kathryn Corbett who with her husband Dan took over Lighthouse Books in Brighton in 2016. The store had been a fixture in town for almost 20 years. Kathryn grew up near Toronto but then lived and taught in Thunder Bay. Much of Kathryn’s teaching career there and then here in Northumberland was as an elementary Teacher Librarian. Kathryn has been a book lover since childhood, which led her to major in English Literature at the University of Toronto. While at university Kathryn worked part time at 3 different WH Smith bookstores in the GTA. As a mom and now a grandmother, Kathryn enjoys seeing first hand which children’s books have the most appeal but good murder mysteries, historical fiction and enlightening nonfiction are also favourite topics of conversation amongst her reading family. Besides reading, Kathryn has enjoyed traveling and makes visits to libraries and bookstores wherever she goes.
This week we talk to Jane Kelly. Jane grew up in Ottawa and graduated from Carleton University with a degree in Psychology before leaving for Toronto where she met her husband, John. They moved to Northumberland over 30 years ago where she and her husband still live on the 100-acre farm where she raised her two children. Since then, she’s had her fingers in a lot of pies but is always happiest when she’s building something—whether it’s a magazine or a log cabin on her property. In 2001, she started Watershed Magazine, now celebrating its 20th anniversary with the current Summer edition.