This week’s programme is a special one to celebrate the life and works of Eric Winter, Cobourg’s first Poet Laureate, who died on December 21st 2019 at the age of 96 and is greatly missed. We have asked poet, James Pickersgill, Eric’s long-time friend and colleague and two of his followers in the post of poet-laureate, Ted Amsden and Jessica Outram, to talk about Eric, the poet and the man, his contributions to poetry in the community and the cultural life of Cobourg and to read us some of his poems. Please join us.
This week we talk to J.D.Carpenter poet and crime novelist. 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, publishing four books of poetry, but in 2001 he turned to writing fiction, primarily murder mysteries. The books in his first series have a gritty racing world background but his latest is set in Prince Edward County, where he and his wife Karen now live. Between them they have five children and eight grandchildren.
This week we look backwards and forwards as we enter our seventh year on the radio. Gwynn, Felicity and Chris discuss changes in the programme since Chris has joined us as our sound man. We speak briefly about our present work and read a short piece. We have invited many authors to return to the series and talk about their newly published work and are excited to follow their successful careers.We have also enjoyed meeting writers we hadn’t met before except through their writing and were delighted too to interview people who have struck out and are doing something different. And we end the show with three snippets from previous shows which we specially enjoyed in the past year, featuring David Newland, Katie Hoogendam and Tom Kerr. And we take a look into the future.
Poet and musician, Tom Gannon Hamilton recently visited Cobourg and read at the Cobourg Poetry Workshop’s Third Thursdays. Tom’s lifelong engagement with poetry dates from his childhood and he first published in Blue Buffalo (Dandelion Press, 1981). Since then his poetry has appeared in too many journals to enumerate. In 2018 he won the Big Pond Rumours Chapbook competition for a suite of poems entitled El Marillo, which chronicles the poet’s experiences in war-torn El Salvador during the 1980s. An Ontario Arts Council Poet in the Schools for three consecutive years, Hamilton has recited, read and given workshops all over Canada. He has been featured on Valentino Assenza’s CIUT radio show Howl. Tom’s books Panoptic (Aeolus House Press) and El Marillo (Big Pond Rumours) were launched on recent Canada-wide reading tours. Tom also tells us about his career as a musician.
Robin Timmerman says she never wanted to be anything but a writer. However, like most authors, she has had many types of ‘day’ jobs, including secretary, part-time journalist, mother and grandma, and for most of her working life as a painter/decorator with her husband in beautiful Prince Edward County. Robin is a long-time environmental activist (starting with a Ban the Bomb March at fourteen!) and conservationist (served three years on the conservation authority of Prince Edward County). She launched the Bee Friendly campaign in PEC, and gets a special kick out of combining her concerns for the natural world with her stories.
Novelist, Laurie Scott is a retired teacher who was born and raised in Picton, Ontario. She began her career in Alberta, but soon returned to Prince Edward County, the only place that has ever felt like home. Laurie has many interests and is regarded as an accomplished artist in Prince Edward County, selling her work at local galleries and donating her time and talent to various organizations. Writing a novel has been a long-term goal that was realized in late 2017 with the publication of In Like a Lion. Laurie’s next novel, A Murder of Crowes, is nearing completion. It is the second in what she hopes will become a series of at least three crime novels, featuring the same main character.
Donna Wootton is a poet, novelist and resident of Port Hope. She has published an e-book titled Isadora & Lucia and her short stories, poems, and nonfiction have appeared in several anthologies. In 2009, she wrote a creative nonfiction account of her father who was a charter inductee into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, called MOON REMEMBERED The Life of Lacrosse Goalie Lloyd ‘Moon’ Wootton (Ginger Press, Owen Sound) . Her haiku poetry has been published in Japan with the Asahi Network. Donna released a her new novel WHAT SHIRLEY MISSED in October 2019.
James Ronson is a life-long traveller and educator. At the age of fifteen, he hitch-hiked across Canada and has explored the nooks and crannies of every province across the country. He has taught in downtown Toronto, Burns Lake, British Columbia, and most recently, in Whitby. James began writing in his teens by publishing a war gaming zine called “Berserker”. He later wrote for the varsity newspaper at the University of Western Ontario. His first novel was a work of crime fiction called Power and Possessions. (Hidden Brook Press, 2015) At the centre of the story is a romantic triangle turned deadly. Through his connection with the Society for International Hockey Research, James became interested in J.G.A. Creighton and early hockey history. That interest was the catalyst for his most recent book, Blood Fire and Ice, published in 2019.
Today we talk to Janet Stobie. She 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. Dipping Your Toes, one of Janet’s recent books, is a valuable worship resource, containing 44 complete devotional worship services as well as a guidebook for creating your own devotional worship services. Please join us as Janet tells us about her writing.
Welcome to our third programme made specially for the season. There are stories: Gwynn’s, a true story set in Africa about the special understanding between two outsiders, her mother and their Malawian gardener, and mine about a socially ambitious and stage-struck donkey You’ll find more music here than usual, as both Chris Cameron and Marie Lynn Hammond sing two very different Christmas songs. And Chris reads a story about the carol, Silent NIght, and a poem, “Dear Santa”, written by the late wife of long time member Derek Paul..
We hope you enjoy the show and wish you happy holidays!