Ronald MacKay

Ronald MacKay talks about his second, recently published memoir, Fortunate Isle. Ron was born and raised in Scotland but, on leaving school, he travelled and worked in Spain and the Canary Islands for two years. Fortunate Isle is about his life in Tenerife, and his transition to adulthood.

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Fifth Birthday Programme!

Celebrate our fifth birthday as we revisit four of our first guests on the programme, Peggy Dymond Leavey, Eric E Wright, Linda Hutsell Manning and Shane Joseph, catch up with what they are doing now and take a glimpse into the future of Word on the Hills.

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Beth Bruder

Beth Bruder is Vice President at Dundurn Press experienced in all aspects of publishing books, both nationally and internationally. She worked in the reference world of Wiley Canada before transitioning to Canadian trade publishing at Dundurn. Beth serves on the council of the Association of Canadian Publishers and was a founding member and chair of the ACP committee that launched The 49th Shelf, a unique Canadian book-discovery website.

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Robert Mikel and Gerry Brown

WOTH talks with Rob Mikel, author and Gerry Brown, publisher. Rob was raised in Cobourg and then studied history and architecture at the University of Toronto. He worked for the Toronto Historical Board for many years  and works for the Government of Ontario today. When he lived in Cobourg he was one of the founders of the Cobourg and District Historical Society, sat  on the first LACAC of the Town and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Art Gallery of Ontario as well as the head of the DBIA in Cobourg for a few years.His important work has been recognised by the grant of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Lifetime achievement in Heritage work.  And in 2016, he received the Mary Millard Award from the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario for contributions to heritage. His first book was Ontario House Styles on Ontario architecture. His new one is Cobourg: the Spirit of the Place

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Gil McElroy

Gil McElroy is a poet, visual artist, curator, and visual arts critic. He has published four books of poetry, a collection of art writing and a memoir about his father and what it was like growing up a military brat during the height of the Cold War. He’s also published numerous chapbooks, and in 2013, was co-winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award for The Merton Lake Propers. His critical writing on art has been published in magazines in Canada, the U.S., and Australia.  He currently lives in Colborne and works for Canada Post delivering mail on rural routes, which gives him the opportunity to photograph the countryside he loves.

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Nathalie Lachance

Meet Nathalie Lachance who was born and raised in Quebec City. She became a teacher and has taught for over 25 years, mostly in schools in Marmora, Tweed and Belleville. At present she’s is teaching adults at the Canadian Forces Base Family Resource Centre in Trenton, children at the Belleville Montessori School and private clients. Through her Facebook page, J’apprends le francais Canadien, she has drawn 25,000 members to a group, wanting to improve their French.  Nathalie is also the author of a novel for intermediate French readers called, En Francais Sarah!, which she self-published recently.

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Janet Stobie

Word on the Hills talks to Janet Stobie, who  is a writer, family counsellor, storyteller, and ordained minister, During her years in parish ministry, Janet was particularly appreciated for her work with young people and children and she has written a number of books for children both ones which are based on Bible stories and some which deal with current social issues. Janet tells us why she writes and describes her latest books for children.

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Cynthia Reyes and Lauren Reyes Grange

Cynthia Reyes and her daughter Lauren Reyes Grange talk about Cynthia’s new book, Myrtle the Purple Turtle, which was inspired by an experience her 4-year old daughter  had at school. As with all her books so far, Myrtle originated in Cynthia’s family. Cynthia’s books for adults are about unusual homes, the people who love them, and the life events connected to these places. Her picture book, Myrtle the Purple Turtle, was written for her daughter many years ago but can now be shared with children all over the world.

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