Please join us to hear Christopher Cameron and John Unruh tell us about their adventures in podcasting. Christopher is presently engaged in making podcasts of his latest book. Thorneside Stories; A Mix of Sun and Cloud and John has completed his series of podcasts of his novel The Ziggurat. They tell us about how they found the platforms they publish on, about the programmes they use to record their readings, the challenges they faced in making the recording and why they love doing it.
KARIN WELLS, LLB, LLM is an author, journalist, and lawyer. She is also a sometime actress and worked – briefly – in a pea canning factory. Her latest book, “More than a Footnote: Canadian Women You Should Know, a curious and often irreverent look at ten Canadian women who have been forgotten or ignored, has been well received across the country. Her 2020 book “The Abortion Caravan: When Women Shut Down Government in the Battle forthe Right to Choose” (Second Story Press) was the winner of the OHS (Ontario Historical Society) Alison Prentice Award and short listed for the 2021Shaughnessy Cohen prize, Canada’s premier award for political writing. She regularly contributes to Watershed Magazine focusing on life in Northumberland, Quinte and Prince Edward County. Karin has been recognized as one of this country’s leading radio journalists. Over her career she worked in more than fifty countries making radio documentaries for CBC radio’s The Sunday Edition, hosted by Michael Enright. Her radio documentary work made her a three time winner of the Canadian Association of Journalists Award for investigative journalism and she regularly won international awards and was twice recognized by the United Nations. In 2021 she produced her first video documentary “The Radio Warrior: – a Tribute to Margaret Lyons”. For five years she was the Program Director of Northumberland Learning connection and is regularly asked to speak and moderate events throughout the country. In 2011 she was inducted into the University of Ottawa’s Common Law Honor Society and earned a Masters of law degree in 2018.Karin Wells lives in Port Hope with her little dogs Mimi and Darwin. She is currently working on a new book for Second Story Press and a podcast for CBC Radio based on More than a Footnote.
Meet Al Seymour who grew up just north of Cobourg attending Cook’s School and CDCI West, before venturing to the University of Guelph to earn a degree in Microbiology. For the next 40 years, Al worked in the GTA as a microbiologist, senior food manufacturing manager, logistics consultant and started his own contracting firm constructing sustainable buildings and quality renovations. Committed to making his community a better place, Al co-founded three charitable organizations. These were the Mississauga Food Bank, the Erin Mills Youth Centre, and the 3rd Erin Mills Scout Group. Five years ago, Al and his wife Kathy Toivanen retired to Cobourg. Al is a busy retiree – active with the Cobourg Museum, renovating his home, church, skiing, hiking, walking, and gardening. And writing; Al has written 3 books: an historical novel, a children’s short story, and a political thriller. Only the short story has been published so far. He parked his incomplete WWI story but is finishing the first draft of an 1850’s saga.
This one’s for Moms on Mothers’ Day. For over 20 years Theresa has been training businesses and organizations and helping to plan for and adapt to change, through interactive, compelling and creative workshops and facilitated events.
As the founder of Canadian Hockey Moms, she has become a sought after and respected voice on the state of minor hockey in Canada.
With three hockey playing children across 10 years, over 32 teams (from house league to girls hockey to AAA), Theresa Bailey has managed 17 and been the president of a small association for the past three. She has built a community of over 40,000 Hockey Moms across the world to share knowledge, promote rational thought, current research, and showcase the newest hockey related brands. And now she has published a book giving a voice to hockey mums, the heart of the game. Please join us!
We interview James Pickersgill this week. If asked, “When did you most recently compose a poem?” James will likely be able to say, “A few hours ago” or “Earlier today, I was continuing to work on a current one.”
Any poem James writes will very often be a love poem for his wife, who consistently refuses to be identified as “his muse” and rightly so.
James has been a happy-warrior type of poetry activist in our lively Cobourg Arts scene for many years, including service as a member of the various selection Committees appointed by Town Council to discern who should be our 2nd, 3rd and 4th Poets Laureate. James is the coordinator of the Third Thursday Readings and the Cobourg Poetry Workshop.
Kate Rogers describes herself as a transnational poet. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals and anthologies based in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, the U.S. and U.K. During her more than two decades in Asia, Kate was inspired to write about the impact of colonialism and the destruction of the natural environment. Kate’s collection, Out of Place expresses her life in the liminal zone between countries, cultures and identities. Kate repatriated to Canada in December 2019 after spending one third of her life in Asia. The poems in Out of Place evoke for the reader the experience of being of a place, yet never belonging; they explore longing and transformation. Kate Rogers’ next poetry collection, The Meaning of Leaving, is forthcoming with Montreal-based publisher, Ace of Swords (AOS), in early 2024. Her poems recently appeared in SubTerrain, The Windsor Review and Looking Back at Hong Kong.
Our celebration of Poetry Month continues with a conversation and reading from Antony di Nardo which we made last year. Antony has written six books of poetry. His work appears widely in journals and anthologies across Canada and internationally, and has been translated into several languages. His long poem suite May June July was winner of the Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize for 2017 and was short-listed for a National Magazine Award. He spent the last years of a teaching career in Beirut where he launched his first book of poetry Alien, Correspondent in 2010. His collection Forget – Sadness – Grass was recently released by Ronsdale Press. The winner of the inaugural Don Gutteridge Poetry Award, Through Yonder Window Breaks is published by Wet Ink Books.
Meet Frances Boyle, who recently read in The Third Thursday’s Reading series in Cobourg. Frances is the author of Openwork and Limestone (Frontenac House, 2022). Her earlier books are the poetry collections This White Nest (Quattro Books, 2019) and Light-carved Passages (BuschekBooks 2014), Seeking Shade (The Porcupine’s Quill, 2020) an award-winning short story collection, and Tower, (Fish Gotta Swim Editions, 2019), a novella. Frances’s writing has appeared throughout North America and internationally. Raised in Regina, she has long made Ottawa home, with involvement in the literary community including serving on the board of Arc Poetry Magazine for more than 10 years, volunteering with literary festivals and leading workshops.
This week, we talk with Word on the Hills’ co-producer and co-host, Felicity Sidnell Reid. After graduating from the University of London, Felicity arrived in Canada to spend seven years in New Brunswick. Then she moved to Ontario. Felicity has taught children from Grade 5 to university students and adults, in Canada, England and Thailand. She is the author of educational materials, including a book for teachers, ESL is Everybody’s Business (with Frances Parkin) and a series of textbooks for language learners. Her books include a novel Alone: A Winter in the Woods (Hidden Brook Press, 2015, e-book in 2020) and two poetry collections The Yellow Magnolia (Glentula Press, 2021) and The Many Faces (Aeolus House, 2022). Her poetry and short fiction have been published in anthologies, online journals and collections. She is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets and was a Board Member of Spirit of the Hills Arts Association for two four year terms. She also chaired the Spirit of the Hills Writers’ Group for many years retiring in January 2023. In 2017 and 2019 she led the executive committees of Spirit of the Hill’s Arts Festivals and was recognised with a Distinguished Civic Award from the Town of Cobourg. She is a director and secretary of the rebranded Northumberland Festival of the Arts and headed the programme committee in 2022.
On Dec. 29, 2022, Rideau Hall announced its latest Honours list and Ted Barris learned he would be appointed Member of the Order of Canada, “for advancing our understanding of Canadian military history as an acclaimed historical author, journalist and broadcaster.” Congratulations Ted! Ted’s writing has regularly appeared in the national press, as well as magazines as diverse as Air Force, esprit de corps and Zoomer. He has also worked as host/contributor for most CBC Radio network programs, PBS in the U.S. and on TV Ontario. And after 18 years teaching, he recently retired as a full-time professor of journalism at Toronto’s Centennial College. He is the author of 20 bestselling, non-fiction books, including Breaking the Silence: Veterans’ Untold Stories from the Great War to Afghanistan. His 17th book, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story, won the 2014 Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award (shared with astronaut Chris Hadfield). In 2018, HarperCollins published Barris’s 18th book – Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany – about the famous 1943 attack on the Ruhr River dams that powered Nazi Germany’s industrial war production. The RCAF Association awarded Ted Barris and Dam Busters its 2018 NORAD Trophy for “unequalled contribution to the preservation of Air Force values, traditions, history and heritage.” Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire was Ted’s 19th book and was long-listed for the 2020 Charles Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction in Canada. Ted’s 20th book, Battle of the Atlantic: Gauntlet to Victory was published in the fall of 2022 and immediately landed on the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star bestsellers lists. Following the book’s publication, Ted received word that he’d received Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Award, recognizing “extraordinary contributions to our community and Canada.” These are the books that have established Ted as the preeminent historian of Canada’s military.