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
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.
This week we talk to Ruth Clarke about her new book WHAT GOES AROUND. Ruthhas 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.
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.