Today we are re-running an interesting show we made last year with Cynthia Reyes, author of three memoirs and the very successful series of children’s books about Myrtle the Purple Turtle that she writes with her daughter, Lauren. Cynthia has won many awards for her work in television and the community and has been inducted into the Order of Jamaica, Commander level, for her international impact on journalism. We also welcomed Hamlin Grange who provided the beautiful photographs for Cynthia’s third memoir Twigs in my Hair and has had an outstanding career as a journalist with several national newspapers and for many years at the CBC. His many awards include the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service and the Visionary Award from the Reel World Film Festival for his work in helping to change Canada’s media landscape. But in his spare time, you may find him wandering through his and Cynthia’s garden, or a forest, walking slowly along a country road, camera in hand, ready to shoot an interesting picture.
Meet Michael Croucher who served on the Metropolitan Toronto Police Department for 18 years, and was a member of The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit investigating organized crime. During his police career, he realized that some criminals study police tactics almost as much as the police do, and that has made for some good glue for his crime fiction. His career in law enforcement was followed by a long business career, mostly in the financial service industry. He has studied creative writing at York University, The University of Toronto, and Ryerson. He’s a double-award winning writer. He won the Toronto Writers and Editors Fiction Contest (2012). And a Joseph Smerdelj Short Story Award in 2020. Mike and his wife are retired in a small Ontario town. They have two married daughters, and five grandchildren.
This week we talk with Carol Anne Judd. Carol Anne is a mother, poet, fine arts photographer, multi-faith minister, nurse, 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. She recently released her second book of poetry, Living Things. Please join us.
Welcome once again to Word on the Hills! And to our eighth anniversary show. In 2013 Gwynn and I made a proposal to 89-7 FM to make 12 shows about writers, editors, publishers and readers in Northumberland and began recording them in the months of experimentation as the station was set up. By February 2014 we had learnt a lot from our tutors at the station, and were able to take over production of the show. As the months and years went by, we were happily surprised to find that there was no dearth of regional writers and others involved with editing and publishing who were interested in being our guests. So this Sunday, join me, Felicity Sidnell Reid, my two co-hosts Gwynn Scheltema and Chris Cameron and our guests this week, Erin Silver, Heather O’Connor, Marie Prins and Ted Staunton who have successfully launched new books amid the challenges of 2020. After the break Shane Joseph and Kim Aubrey will be here to discuss a new collaborative project to be published in March/April, 2021.
We are pleased to have crime novelist and poet J. D. Carpenter, known as David, with us today. 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. Between them they have five children and eight grandchildren.
Join us as Vicki Delany catches us up with her newest books and talks about writing them. 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 thirty-five 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 Tea by the Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane Books, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House, and the Lighthouse Library series (as Eva Gates) for Crooked Lane.She is the 2019 recipient of the Derrick Murdoch award for contributions to Canadian crime writing and lives in Prince Edward County.
Meet Andrea Torrey Balsara, who is an award-winning children’s and young adult author/illustrator and motivational speaker. Her passion is to empower children to think for themselves, to learn about the power and beauty of our diverse human family, and to walk the “Hero’s Journey” in real life. Having struggled with mental wellness as a youth, she seeks to empower young people of all life experiences and diverse backgrounds through her writing, art, and presentations. She lives in an old Victorian manor house with her husband and fur-family, where she can often be found in her cold attic of a work room, pretending to be the heroine from Jane Eyre as she writes and draws with frozen fingers.
This week we talk with Liesje Wagner. Liesje is the oldest daughter of Corrie Gelauf – the Corrie featured in Leisje’s latest book, Corrie and the Rose Accordion: Dutch Girl, Hitler’s War, Symbol of Hope. Liesje was born in The Hague, Holland, in 1954 when Holland was still struggling to provide food, shelter and work for its citizens. Her young parents were sponsored by the Dutch Government to immigrate to a new and grand country called Canada from where their liberators, Canadian soldiers, had come. In 1957, they arrived in Toronto, Canada after crossing the ocean to New York where the Statue of Liberty lit up in the night as if to welcome them to the new continent. Liesje is an actor, certified speaker, and author of two other books, but Corrie and the Rose Accordion is the first to be written under her real name. She lives in Brighton specifically to be close to her parents, Corrie and Rudy, who are 86 and 89 respectively.
Happy New Year to all our listeners! We begin 2021 by visiting with Daryl Sneath. Daryl was born in a small town by a lake. His poetry and fiction have been published in journals such as The Antigonish Review, Prism international, FreeFall, Filling Station, The Dalhousie Review, The Literary Review of Canada and many others. One of his short stories was recently long-listed for the CBC Short Story Prize. He is the author of two previous novels, All My Sins (2014) and As the Current Pulls the Fallen Under (2017), both with BC publisher N/O/N, and holds an MA in Literature & Creative Writing from The University of Windsor. Daryl currently lives in another small town by a river with his wife, Tara, and their three children, Ethan, Penelope, and Abigael.
Welcome to our third and final holiday special for 2020. This week, you can hear seasonal stories from Felicity Sidnell Reid and Tom Pickering. Gwynn Scheltema and Christopher Black have poems for you and Diane Taylor reads a piece of memoir. Chris Cameron wraps up the programme with a short excerpt from Dickens’ Christmas Carol. All of us at Word on the Hills wish you a very Happy and Peaceful New Year.