Paul N Mason

This week we welcome prize winning writer Paul Nicolas Mason. Paul is the author of four novels. HIs first Battered Soles, nominated for the Stephen Leacock Award in 2005, his latest The Rogue Wave, hailed by Canadian librarians as one of three most anticipated Canadian books published in April of 2021. A successful playwright Paul has written six plays, five of which have been produced and won awards in the USA, and some in Ireland and Canada. Since he retired from teaching Paul has embarked on a new career in voice-acting, film and television. As of October of 2018, he has been involved in some fifty projects, including fifteen feature films and seven network television series. Paul became a member of ACTRA in late 2017.

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Donna Wootton

This week our guest is Donna Wootton. Donna is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her nonfiction book about her father, MOON REMEMBERED, was published by Ginger Press. Her novel, What Shirley Missed, was published by Hidden Brook Press. Her poetry about Cuba was published in the anthology The Divinity of Blue. She has a poem and a short story coming out in an anthology called Musings. Her latest novel, Isadora’s Dance, is published by Blue Denim Press. Find out more about Donna at her website https://www.dmwootton.com

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Artists’ Residencies with Ruth Walker, Jean Baird and sophie anne edwards

Today we are having a different kind of discussion at Word on the Hills: we hear about two Artists’ Residencies one in the Haliburton Highlands and one in Prince Edward County. What is a residency and what does it offer the artists and writers who are so lucky as to be granted one? Ruth E Walker is the co-chair of the Management Committee of the Hall’s Island Artist Residency in Haliburton County. Dr. Jean Baird is an administrator for the Al Purdy A Frame Residency and sophie anne edwards, an interdisciplinary artist, is the current resident at the Al Purdy A Frame House. Sophie was long listed this week for the CBC poetry prize. They will tell about the residencies from their own experience.

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Ruth Clarke

Ruth Clarke is the author of six books as well as short stories in several anthologies. Before she started writing full-time she worked for decades in the publishing industry. The last time she visited us she read from her first novel, WHAT GOES AROUND, published in 2019, which was set in Costa Rica and Nicaragua where she has wintered for several years. She belongs to a writers’ group in Costa Rica that meets each month via ZOOM, and writes blogs you can find on their site called Mango Musings. When she isn’t in Latin America, she now lives in Bobcaygeon where she grew up. Today she will read to us from TRACES, a work in progress

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Ted Barris

Ted Barris decided 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. He gave 18 years to teaching journalism and broadcasting at Centennial College, becoming professor of print journalism in their Centre for Creative Communication, while establishing his reputation as a highly respected military historian and author of 20 bestselling books. In 2017 Ted decided to step down from his teaching and to go back, as he said, to where he came from as a full time freelancer. Since then he has continued to write for periodicals and make radio appearances and follows a heavy schedule as a public speaker in normal times, sometimes addressing as many as 6 audiences a week. He has also continued to publish books, his latest being Rush to Danger published in 2019. Please join us.

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Daryl Sneath

Daryl was born in a small town by a lake. His fiction and poetry have appeared in journals such as The Antigonish Review, Prism International, Wascana Review, Nashwaak Review, paperplates, Zouch Magazine, Quilliad, FreeFall, subTerrain, Filling Station, The Dalhousie Review and the Literary Review of Canada. He has also written for the New York publication Weekly Humorist. His two novels are All My Sins and As the Current Pulls the Fallen Under. His third novel, In the Country in the Dark, is on submission with editors in Canada, the US, and the UK. He currently lives in another small town by a river with his wife, Tara, and their three children: Ethan, Penelope and Abigael.

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Richard M Grove and Shane Joseph

This week we welcome Richard Grove and Shane Joseph to the show. Richard M. Grove, otherwise known to friends as Tai, lives in Presqu’ile Provincial Park where he runs Hidden Brook Press. He is a Poet, Writer, Editor, Publisher, Photographer and President of the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance. and Poet Laureate of Brighton. He has 20 titles of poetry, fiction and memoir including In Search of Cuba published in 2020. He is the Editor-in-chief of Devour: Art & Lit Canada found at: www.hiddenbrookpress.com. His newest poetry collection, Cuba’s Blue Sky in my Pocket was recently released by Black Moss Press.Shane Joseph, a frequent guest on this programme is a Canadian novelist, blogger, reviewer, short story writer and publisher at Blue Denim Press. He is the author of six novels and three collections of short stories. His latest novel, Circles in the Spiral, was released in October 2020. For more information about Shane visit his website at www.shanejoseph.com

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Vicki Delany

This is a rebroadcast of our latest interview with Vicki Delany. Vicki 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 five 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 released her first in a new series set in a resort in the Catskills called DEADLY SUMMER NIGHTS this September with Penguin Random House.Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It Crime Writing Festival. She is the 2019 recipient of the Derrick Murdoch award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. Vicki lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

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Terry Fallis

This week’s guest is Terry Fallis. A two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Terry  is the award-winning author of seven national bestsellers, all published by McClelland & Stewart (M&S). His debut novel, The Best Laid Plans (2008),won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Reads as the “essential Canadian novel of the decade.The High Road (2010)was a finalist for the 2011 Stephen Leacock Medal for HumourUp and Down (2012), debuted on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, was a finalist for the 2013 Leacock Medal, and won the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award. Terry published more award winning novels in the years that followed; No Relation (2014),  won the 2015 Leacock MedalM&S published  Poles Apart (2015), One Brother Shy(2017)and  Albatross, (2019) and has just released Terry’s new novel Operation Angus. Terry has written for many publications including Maclean’s, Canadian Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and the Toronto Star. Terry earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University (1983) where he became engulfed in university politics and somehow persuaded the undergraduates to elect him President of the Students Union.

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Gwynn Scheltema and Felicity Sidnell Reid

Gwynn Scheltema’s poetry has been published in anthologies, journals and magazines in Canada, Europe and South Africa, online and in print. She is one of five featured poets in One Ticket Five Rides. (Whirling Dervish Press). Gwynn writes from her peaceful home on the shores of Lake Seymour on the Trent Severn Waterway system in Ontario, Canada, but she was born and raised amid drought and dust and civil war in Southern Africa. These two contrasting landscapes vie for attention in her writing.  Ten of Diamonds was her COVID project, published in June this year.

Felicity Sidnell Reid is a poet who also writes short stories and nonfiction. Many of her poems have been published in anthologies, in print and online journals, magazines and blogs. Her novel, Alone: A Winter in the Woods was released by Hidden Brook Press in 2015 and published as an e-book in 2020. She is the co-editor with Kim Aubrey of Our Pandemic Times, A Journal in Times of Pandemic and Lockdown. (Blue Denim Press 2021.) She released The Yellow Magnolia and Other Poems in June 2021.

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