This week we interview Abigail Miller and Katie Kennedy who are engaged in the redevelopment of the Northumberland County Archives and Museum at its new location in Cobourg. Abigail Miller is Archivist at the Northumberland County Archives and Museum. She is responsible for building the strategic vision and overseeing operations at NCAM. Abigail holds a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and Folklore, graduating from Memorial University and the Museum Management and Curatorship program at Fleming College.
Katie Kennedy is Curator for NCAM, focused on authentic community collaborations. Katie graduated from University of Ottawa with a BA in Classical Studies and was educated in the university’s Museum of Classical Antiquities. Katie is currently enrolled in the Ontario Museum Association’s Certificate in Museum Studies and is a participant in the OMA Conference Mentorship program. Please join us to find out more about this exciting project.
Ronald Mackay visits with us again to catch us up on his most recent work. Ronald spent his earliest years in his grandmother’s home in rural Scotland in the 1940s. Like most folks in that region, he spoke both Scots and English and intuitively learned when it was appropriate to use one or the other. He was educated first at the Morgan Academy in Dundee and later, at both Aberdeen and Edinburgh universities. He was awarded a doctorate by l’ Université de Montréal for his educational research in the Northwest Territories. Like many Scots, he has made a career in countries far from his native home. He undertook development projects in education and agriculture, in many parts of the world, and has farmed in the UK, the Canary Islands, Mexico, Canada, Chile and Argentina. In 2012, he turned to more creative writing when he and his wife, Viviana, returned to Canada from Argentina.
Shane Joseph is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Author of six novels and three collections of short stories, Shane’s second novel, After the Flood, 2009, a dystopian novel of hope, won the Write Canada Award for best novel in the futuristic/fantasy category. His short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in literary journals and anthologies all over the world. His blog at www.shanejoseph.com is widely syndicated; he has a monthly column in The Sri Lankan Anchorman journal, and is the Book Reviews Editor for Devour Art & Lit Magazine. His most recent novel, Circles in the Spiral, was released in October 2020. Shane is the owner and publisher of Blue Denim Press (www.bluedenimpress.com), a literary press he founded in 2011.
Please join us to meet Carole Giangrande who is an award-winning novelist and poet and the author of ten prose works for adults and one children’s book. Her most recent novel, The Tender Birds (2019) won the 2020 Independent Publishers Silver Medal for Literary Fiction. Her poetry has been widely published and her chapbook, The Frailty of Living Things, has just been released by Aeolus House. Her poetry collection, This May Be The Year is forthcoming from Inanna in 2023. Visit her website at www.carolegiangrande.com.
This week, the Word on the Hills team Felicity Sidnell Reid, Gwynn Scheltema and Chris Cameron welcome you to their anniversary show celebrating Word on the Hills’ long run on Northumberland 89.7, since the exciting days in 2013 when the station was proposed and set up. Guests this week are Peter Dounoukos, Executive Director of 89.7 and Kevin Stuart, Station Manager who tell about their vision for the future of of 89.7 FM
This week we are broadcasting one of our favorite episodes from last year with John David Carpenter. David grew up in Toronto, earned degrees at York University and Queen’s University, taught high school English for 25 years at Leaside High School in Toronto, and ran the Special Education programme for 14 of those years. David began his writing career as a poet but in 2001 he turned to writing fiction, primarily murder mysteries. He and his wife Karen live in Prince Edward County
Novelist Laurie Scott has always had a creative drive that compelled her to pursue many interests. Writing and painting are high on that list. Recognizing the importance of establishing a secure future, she chose to earn a degree in Education and spent the next thirty-two years enjoying a busy and rewarding career as a teacher. Following her retirement she turned more of her attention to the goals that had been sidelined for so long. As an artist, she had been exhibiting and selling her work for many years, and she continues to do so. As a writer, she has now published two mystery/crime novels and she returns to Word on the Hills to talk about her recent release A MURDER OF CROWES.
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than forty books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Catskill Summer Resort mysteries for Penguin Random House, the Tea by the Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane Books, and the Lighthouse Library series (as Eva Gates) for Crooked Lane. Her latest novel A Three Book Problem, the seventh in her Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, was released this past week.
Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It Crime Writing Festival. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards. Vicki is the recipient of the 2019 Derrick Murdoch Award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Terry Fallis is a two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, the award-winning author of seven national bestsellers, including his most recent, Operation Angus, 2021 all published by McClelland & Stewart. His debut novel, The Best Laid Plans (2008),won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Reads as the “essential Canadian novel of the decade.“ . Terry’s fourth novel, No Relation (2014), hit bookstores in May 2014, opened on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, and won the 2015 Leacock Medal. Terry has written for many publications including Maclean’s, Canadian Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and the Toronto Star. Terry earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University (1983) where he became engulfed in university politics and somehow persuaded the undergraduates to elect him President of the Students Union.
Today we are rebroadcasting one of our favourite conversations from 2021 with Carol Anne Judd. Carol Anne is a mother, poet, fine arts photographer, multi-faith minister, nurse, and a person with a disability, searching for truth and beauty. She has collected a number of degrees in her travels as well as a voracious appetite for poetry. She has published her poetry in various anthologies and other publications, including her first book of poetry, Sleeping Naked.