Jan Thornhill

Join us for our discussion with award winning writer and illustrator Jan Thornhill. Born in Sudbury she grew up living on the outskirts of small communities where the fields and woods became her world. She and her friends travelled in packs, building forts, looking for meteorites, exploring dangerous abandoned houses and keeping their activities to themselves so as not to worry their parents!  She chose to go to OCAD and after she graduated decided to try free- lancing as an illustrator for magazines and newspapers and to her surprise found employment this way for over 10 years. After she met her husband Fred in 1981 and they had moved to a house they built in central Ontario, Jan started writing, something she had long wanted to do. Jan has won many awards including the 2015 Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People, a lifetime achievement award presented by the Writers’ Trust of Canada,[2]  the Norma Fleck Award in 2007 for her book I Found a Dead Bird: The Kids’ Guide to the Cycle of Life & Death.[3]  and the 2017 Governor General’s Awards for The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk.

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Gil McElroy

On the last Sunday of Poetry Month, we bring you our interview with Gil McElroy. Gil is a poet, visual artist, curator, and visual arts critic. He has published four books of poetry with Talonbooks, a collection of art writing with Gaspereau Press, and a memoir about his father and what it was like growing up a military brat during the height of the Cold War. He’s also published numerous chapbooks, and was co-winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award for The Merton Lake Propers (2013). He currently lives in Colborne and works for Canada Post delivering mail on rural routes.

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Katie Hoogendam

Continuing our celebration of Poetry Month and in honour of the poet’s mother, who recently passed away, we are re-broadcasting the programme we made with Katie Hoogendam last winter. Meredith Katie Hoogendam is a writer, artist, mother, and sometime radio host.Though focused on parenting and homeschooling, she remains professionally and personally concerned with environmental issues and educational theory and practice. Her chapbook,  Mothertongue is a collection of poetry on motherhood, mourning, and identity released last November at a poetry party in Camborne.

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Antony di Nardo

In celebration of Poetry month we rebroadcast our interview with Antony Di Nardo. Antony was born in Montreal and is the author of four collections of poetry, his most recent, SKYLIGHT, was published this fall by Ronsdale Press. 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.

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Collage to celebrate Poetry Month

This week we begin our celebration of Poetry Month with a short discussion of how important poetry is to society and has become in our area, thanks to the tireless efforts of a number of local writers. You will also hear readings by local poets, including Ted Amsden, Bridget Campion, Tai Grove, Katie Hoogendam, Wally Keeler, Jessica Outram, Janet Richards, Gil McElroy and your hosts on Word on the Hills, Gwynn Scheltema and Felicity Sidnell Reid. We hope you enjoy the show!

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Jennifer Bogart

This week we are repeating a show we made with Jennifer Bogart in which she talks about the inspiration for her writings, her novels for young people and adults, her passion for reading and her encouragement of everyone she meets to share this experience. She recently became the owner of Let’s Talk Books in Cobourg and has already instituted many special events and book clubs at the store.

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Shane Joseph

Shane Joseph is an award winning novelist and publisher. REDEMPTION IN PARADISE, his first novel, was published in 2004. Since then he has published 3 collections of short stories, including CROSSING LIMBO (2017), as well as a number of prize-winning novels, among them AFTER THE FLOOD, 2009, THE ULYSSES MAN, 2011, and IN THE SHADOW OF THE CONQUISTADOR, 2015. Shane is also the editor and owner of Blue Denim Press (www.bluedenimpress.com).  The co-owner of two travel agencies he says that his travelling informs his writing. To-date he has visited 65 countries, one for each year of his life, with a few more to spare. Here he talks about his latest novel, MILLTOWN  to be released  at a launch in Cobourg on April 18th.

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Robert Mikel

This week Robert Mikel talks about his most recent book. Rob was raised in Cobourg, then studied history and architecture at the University of Toronto. He worked for the Toronto Historical Board for many years and works for the Government of Ontario today. When he lived in Cobourg he was one of the founders of the Cobourg and District Historical Society. He has been awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Lifetime achievement in Heritage work.  And in 2016, he received the Mary Millard Award from the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario for contributions to heritage. His first book published several years ago, is Ontario House Styles:The Distinctive Architecture of the Province’s 18th and 19th Century Homes.  His new one is Cobourg: the Spirit of the Place.

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Lana Pickering

Lana Pickering lives in Northumberland County, with her husband, son and crazy yellow lab, Mater. By day she diligently crunches numbers and provides support for many at the university in Oshawa. In her free time, she loves to write and fulfill her passion as a story teller. Lana reads and writes all she can, whether that is about romance, fantasy, or the things that inspire her. Rewriting Love is Lana’s first attempt at self-publishing, which she launched in June 2018. She wrote this story for her very first Nanowrimo writing project in 2016. Lana’s next romance novel is well underway and she is hoping to have that self-published in the fall of 2019. She also has a young adult and an adult fantasy novel in development.

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Melody Crowe

Gwynn and Felicity talk with Melody Crowe, who is an elder of Alderville First Nation and has lived in that community all her life.  She studied at Trent University. In 2007 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award for the preservation of Language and Culture from the Union of Ontario Indians.  She has worked tirelessly for the preservation of Ojibway culture and language for more than 22 years and is currently First Nation Education Liaison for Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. Through her company Aandeg Productions she has produced a variety of materials dedicated to creating a deeper understanding and appreciation of First Nation culture, knowledge, language and wisdom. One of her most recent projects is a documentary film called, What We Want You to Know. 
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