Janet Stobie is a writer, family counselor, storyteller, and ordained minister, During her nineteen 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 biblically based and some which deal with current social issues. Her young adult novel FIREWEED now has a sequel, TO BEGIN AGAIN, published this past year.
Wally Keeler, who was born and raised in Cobourg, talks about his work. He now describes his occupation as Poetentate, and his location as People’s Republic of Poetry. His poems have been published in a number of literary arts journals, including Prism, Impulse, the Fiddlehead, Descant, West Coast Review and others. His poetry collection Walking on the Greenhouse Roof was published by Delta Canada, Montreal, to excellent reviews. Wally’s primary life interest is poetry and he has spent his life promoting it. Today he talks about some of his recent projects.
Erika Rummel is the author/editor of many non-fiction, historical works, the most recent being A NOBEL AFFAIR, an edited collection of correspondence between Alfred Nobel and his mistress, Sophie Hess. A Viennese newspaper reviewed the book, and the article “trended”, garnering some 300 comments and now the Austrian broadcasting company wants to interview her. This interest prompted Erika’s latest novel, THREE WOMEN AND ALFRED NOBEL. Her previous novel THE PAINTING ON AUERPERG’S WALL was published last spring and has led to a contract with her new publisher to re-publish several of her earlier novels, so the past year has been a very busy one for her
Poet, Antony di Nardo, talks about his work as a poet and introduces us to his exciting new collection, SKYLIGHT. Antony was born in Montreal and is the author of four books of poetry. SKYLIGHT, was published this fall by Ronsdale Press. His writing career began as a journalist, publishing and editing a weekly newspaper in Northwestern Ontario. Work from previous collections has been translated into both French and Italian, and appears in several anthologies. His first book, Alien, Correspondent, was nominated for the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Prize and the Re-Lit Award. He has been shortlisted for The Malahat Review’s Long Poem contest and in 2017 he won Exile’s Gwendolyn MacEwen Prize for Best Suite of Poems. He divides his time between Sutton, Quebec and Cobourg, Ontario.
Gwyneth Hoyle graduated from University with a degree in Maths and Science and her first job was in Chalk River as a Human Computer just like the women recently celebrated in the movie Hidden Figures. For many years Gwyneth was the librarian at Peter Robinson College, Trent University and played viola for the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra. But she has also had a life-long interest in the Arctic and canoeing and has written extensively about these. Now retired, she continues to research and write about northern subjects. In addition to articles on canoeing and the historic fur trade, she has written three books, Canoeing North into the Unknown, Flowers in the Snow, and The Northern Horizons of Guy Blanchet.
Carol Finlay is the founder and director of Book Clubs for Inmates. She was among 26 people presented with the Order of Ontario at a ceremony at Queen’s Park in June 2017.Carol is an ordained Anglican priest, a retired English teacher and the organisation she founded and nurtures now has over 80 volunteers running reading groups in 28 prisons in all parts of the Canada. Listen to hear Carol explain how reading groups affect prisoners lives.
Meredith Katie Hoogendam is a writer, artist and mother, with former incarnations including high school teacher and radio host. Though focused on parenting and homeschooling, she remains professionally and personally concerned with environmental issues and educational theory and practice. Spirituality, feminism and identity are ongoing topics of interest for her. Her poetry, essays and artwork have appeared in Geez Magazine, Mutha Magazine, and Topology, among others, as well as two of Northumberland County’s own Hill Spirits anthologies. Katie has just completed her first chapbook, Mothertongue, a collection of poetry on motherhood, mourning, and identity, to be released on November 2nd at a poetry party in Camborne, an event open to the public.
Kurt Palka was born and educated in Austria. He began his working life in Africa where he wrote for the African Mirror and made wildlife films in Kenya and Tanzania. While working as a journalist, he covered the war in Vietnam and events in the Middle East for television. He has worked on international stories for CTV and GLOBAL TV, written for American and Canadian publications such as the Chronicle Herald and the Globe and Mail, and worked as a Senior Producer for the CBC. CLARA (originally published in hardcover as PATIENT NUMBER 7) his fifth novel was a finalist for the Hammett Prize. He is also the author of THE PIANO MAKER and THE HOUR OF THE FOX, published in July 2018 by McLelland and Stewart, is Kurt’s seventh novel
Michael Croucher came to Canada with his parents in 1953 at the age of nine. He was on the Metropolitan Toronto Police Department for 18 years, and served with The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit investigating organised crime. His police career and his early life in post-war England have been major influences on his novels. He’s always loved short stories, wrote them for decades before he took on novels at the approach of retirement. Bravo’s Veil, his first novel was published in 2012, his second, Diamond Run in 2015. He is working on a third and continues to produce short stories. An award –winning writer, Michael reverted to Independent status in 2017.
Roma Colbert, has been a resident of Cobourg since retiring in 1999. Since then she has volunteered with the Northumberland Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary, Cobourg Ecology Garden and Cobourg’s Communities in Bloom Committee. She is passionate about animal welfare, the environment and her chosen community. Roma’s interest in writing stems from her love of reading, which led to a love of words. Her desire to talk about the many community needs and animals in care she encountered through her volunteer work, led her to worry she might be monopolizing conversations. Putting pen to paper seemed a sensible solution. And she found she loved it. Writing and revising and trying again, trying to paint pictures with words and in doing so, strengthening her bonds with the community and its inhabitants.