This week Port Hope celebrates Farley Mowat Week. Word on the Hills is delighted to hear about it from Claire Mowat. Claire was born and educated in Toronto and is a graduate of Ontario College of Art. Originally a graphic designer, she switched to writing during the 1960s when she lived in Newfoundland. This led to her first book, The Outport People. Her second memoir Pomp and Circumstances about her experiences working at Rideau Hall was followed by, Travels with Farley a memoir of the Mowats’ time living on the Magdalen Islands. She also wrote a novel for younger readers, The Girl From Away, that was so successful that she developed it into a trilogy, by writing The French Islands and A Summer in Louisburg. For many years, Claire and Farley, her husband, divided their time living partly on a farm in Nova Scotia and partly at their home in Port Hope where she still lives. Today she is visiting us to talk with us about Farley Mowat Week 2021 in Port Hope, to honour his many achievements and celebrate Farley’s 100th birthday on Wednesday May 12th. Farley Mowat published over 40 books and sold 17 million copies during his lifetime and his stories, memoirs, books about the arctic and other travels are still bestsellers today.
Meet Sue Reynolds an award-winning writer of novels, poetry and creative non-fiction, Sue has been writing all her life. Her first novel was published in 1992 and won the Canadian Library Association’s YA Novel of the Year award but she never gave up studying the craft of novel writing. She read everything she could get her hands on and took many courses. Through experiencing workshops with Natalie Goldberg, she realized she needed to find community – her tribe – to write with. And so, fifteen years ago, she began passing on what she had learned. In 2002 she took the AWA Certification to lead writing workshops with Pat Schneider (The Writer as an Artist and Writing Alone and With Others) and Patricia Lee Lewis, and she’s never looked back.
This week we air our final episode dedicated to celebrating Poetry Month 2021. Join us to hear eleven local poets, Carol Ann Judd, Gwynn Scheltema, Kim Aubrey, Wally Keeler, Antony Di Nardo, Jessica Outram, Kathryn Macdonald, Chris Cameron, Katie Hoogedam, Christopher Black and Felicity Sidnell Reid read their poems inspired by spring.
This week meet Reva Nelson. Reva has been a teacher-librarian, an Actra and Equity actor, a seminar leader, facilitator and professional speaker. (She likes to say, by choice, not from being fired.) She has written three books, Risk It!, on positive risk and change, Bounce Back!, on resilience, and Hippie Chick Abroad, a memoir. Her most recent venture is a book of poetry, Twisted Branches.
This week we welcome Marie-Lynn Hammond for a return visit to Word on the Hills to celebrate Poetry Month and to share some of the poems she has written in the past year. Marie-Lynn Hammond is a bilingual singer-songwriter, playwright, editor, writer, and occasional poet who happily moved to Cobourg six years ago. A founding member of Stringband, one of Canada’s seminal folk groups, she’s known for her original songs, which often tell uniquely Canadian stories. A passionate animal advocate, she can frequently be found rescuing cats.
This Sunday we welcome poet Allan Briesmaster to our first show celebrating Poetry Month 2021. Allan Briesmaster is a freelance editor and publisher who has been active in the Toronto-area literary scene for many years. He was a founding partner in Quattro Books and currently runs his own small press, Aeolus House. He is the author of eight full-length books of poetry, most recently The Long Bond: Selected and New Poems (Guernica Editions, 2019), and nine shorter books. His next book, Windfor, is forthcoming this year from Ekstasis Editions. Alla.n has read his work, given talks, and hosted readings and book launches across Canada and frequently in Cobourg.
This Sunday we are rebroadcasting a show we made recently with prolific author and musician Ted Staunton. Ted’s words and music have entertained audiences of all ages for many years. You’ve heard him at the Port Hope Jazz Fest, Cultivate, at the Port Hope Capitol, and venues across Canada. His books are published around the world and he has two new ones to share right now from Scholastic Canada: Friends for Real, a picture book and It Seemed Like a Good Idea…Canadian Feats, Facts, and Flubs, for ages 9-90, written with his son Will. Catch their music video about it on uTube.
This week we interview journalist and prolific author, Ted Barris. Since deciding in grade school, that he wanted to be a writer, he has had a stellar career as a journalist in every kind of media and has written produced and directed numerous award winning documentaries. While teaching at Centennial College he established his reputation as a highly respected military historian and as an author of 20 bestselling books, his latest being Rush to Danger published in 2019
Word on the Hills welcomes back our three guests from last week, local librarians Mary Norton, Brianne Parr and Patrick Muldoon. They had so much to tell us about the challenges, adaptations and innovations they have overcome and initiated in the past year that we couldn’t fit everything into one programme! Join us to hear more about what libraries contribute to our lives these days and what books and services have been most popular with readers in 2020-2021.
Today we welcome three local librarians to discuss the challenges they’ve faced in 2020-21. Mary Norton holds an MSc from the University of London, UK, and has worked in Europe, Africa and the Middle East in a past life. Mary joined Cramahe Township Public Library in 2010 as her first and only job in Canada. She has won many government grants over these years and has overseen many changes at the branches in both Colborne and Castleton. Determined to make the libraries central to the life of the township, she has introduced a variety of new programmes for library users and expanded the services offered by the library. Brianne Parr is the Children’s Librarian/Assistant CEO at the Campbellford Branch Library. The Library has always been an essential part of her life; she had a membership at the age of 2, and began volunteering at the Library at the age of 9. and now she shares her love of reading with her young son. Patrick Muldoon is the Branch Supervisor at the Warkworth Library. He had a 27 year career as an educator, working in local schools and now devotes his time to working at the library and enjoying life in the country and on Lake Ontario. He has a degree in English Literature from Trent University.