Sue Reynolds

WOTH welcomes a return visit from Sue Reynolds. A published novelist and an award-winning writer of 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.

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Michael Daly

Born in Edmonton and raised in Toronto, Michael graduated in English and History at the University of Western Ontario. He worked in construction during his school days and then as a reporter, photographer and editor at newspapers in Timmins and Ajax. After he got his high school teaching certificate he taught for three years.  Then he moved to Spain where he taught ESL and learned Spanish Flamenco guitar.  Michael has travelled and read widely in philosophy, Canadian studies and religion (Western and Oriental). He has even taught Yoga.  As for writing, he has always kept a journal which now exceeds fifty-two volumes. Out of this material he has produced poems, stories and two books. The Disillusioning (published in 2007) and The Lingering Absence (published in 2022). He says he was inspired to write in an effort to fill certain gaps which lingered even though the essential pioneering was pretty much a thing of the past.

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Vanessa Westermann

An avid reader of mysteries, Vanessa Westermann is a former Arthur Ellis Awards judge, holds an M.A. in English Literature, as well as a Bachelor of Education, and has taught creative writing. Her debut mystery, An Excuse for Murder, was published in 2019. Her latest novel, Cover Art, is the first Charley Scott Mystery and will be released on May 14, 2022. She received an Ontario Arts Council grant, to support the completion of the second book in the series. At the heart of all of Westermann’s stories are strong female protagonists inspired by the heroines in her own life. She currently lives in Ontario.

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Judita Pamfil

Meet Judita Pamfil. Judita was born in Romania, Transylvania, Cluj of mixed Jewish, Greek. French, Romanian ancestry and grew up playing along two elongated shadows: The communist dictatorship and family accounts of the Holocaust. She studied Art History at the University of Bucharest, worked briefly as a curator at the Fine Arts Museum in Cluj and wrote poetry and prose in Romanian. She left Romania with a husband and baby daughter for Israel and left Israel for Greece as a political refugee. She came to Canada as a landed immigrant where she worked as a curator at Nexus Art Gallery, pursued further studies in Art education and French, and taught art and French with the TDSB. She continued writing poetry and prose but now did it in English. After moving to Port Hope, she self- published Moon Songs; a Selection of Poems

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Paddy Scott

Paddy Scott was born and raised in Trenton, Ontario, the fictionalized version of which provides the setting for his novel, The Union of Smokers. His fiction has appeared in magazines across Canada, has been nominated for Canadian Magazine Awards  and The Journey Prize as well as being a finalist for an Alberta Magazine Award, and longlisted several times for the CBC fiction and poetry prizes. The Union of Smokers, published by Invisible Publishing, was one of 49th Shelf’s books of the year for 2020 and longlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal.

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Pat Butler

Meet Pat Butler! After many years teaching high school physics and mathematics, Pat joined the world of industry, specializing in writing ironclad manufacturing procedures — think Dove soap. Pat had always found it easier to write non-fiction than to invent a storyline. Following retirement and divorce, she took a Life Stories writing course and published an embellished memoir about her transition from the devastating end of her forty-one-year marriage to the beginning of new marital bliss. Now, with Through Her Opera Glasses, Pat has invented an accompanying narrative to her mother’s found letters, proving that she is just as skilled at inventing storylines as writing training manuals. Pat lives with her husband in Toronto. But from 1986 to 2010 she spent countless weeks at her former cottage east of Brighton, paying frequent visits to Cobourg and PEC.

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Reva Nelson

Our guest this week is Reva Nelson. She’s from Hamilton, has a degree in Psychology and Education from Western University, and lived in London, Guelph, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and then Toronto before moving to Cobourg almost 6 years ago. Reva has had several careers, as an actor, conference planner, ESL teacher, seminar leader and professional keynote speaker. She was one of the first females in the speaking business, as President of Words.Worth Keynotes & and she spoke across Canada on Positive Risk-taking and Resilience. Reva is the author of 4 books, Risk It!, Bounce Back!, a memoir—Hippie Chick Abroad, and recently, a book of poetry, Twisted Branches. She volunteers for the Art Gallery, the Civic Awards Committee and several Boards. Reva also writes for newspapers and magazines and enjoys the easy access to the lake and nature that Cobourg offers.

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Shane Joseph

Shane Joseph is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Author of six novels and three collections of short stories, Shane’s second novel, After the Flood, 2009, a dystopian novel of hope, won the Write Canada Award for best novel in the futuristic/fantasy category. His short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in literary journals and anthologies all over the world. His blog at www.shanejoseph.com is widely syndicated; he has a monthly column in The Sri Lankan Anchorman journal, and is the Book Reviews Editor for Devour Art & Lit Magazine. His most recent novel, Circles in the Spiral, was released in October 2020. Shane is the owner and publisher of Blue Denim Press (www.bluedenimpress.com), a literary press he founded in 2011.

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Carole Giangrande

Please join us to meet Carole Giangrande who is an award-winning novelist and poet and the author of ten prose works for adults and one children’s book. Her most recent novel, The Tender Birds (2019) won the 2020 Independent Publishers Silver Medal for Literary Fiction. Her poetry has been widely published and her chapbook, The Frailty of Living Things, has just been released by Aeolus House. Her poetry collection, This May Be The Year is forthcoming from Inanna in 2023. Visit her website at www.carolegiangrande.com.

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Word on the Hills celebrates another anniversary

This week, the Word on the Hills team Felicity Sidnell Reid, Gwynn Scheltema and Chris Cameron welcome you to their anniversary show celebrating Word on the Hills’ long run on Northumberland 89.7, since the exciting days in 2013 when the station was proposed and set up. Guests this week are Peter Dounoukos, Executive Director of 89.7 and Kevin Stuart, Station Manager who tell about their vision for the future of of 89.7 FM

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