Holiday Programme 3

Join us for our final holiday show for this year and listen to readings by Donna Wootton, Antony Di Nardo, Sharon Ramsay Curtis, Gwynn Scheltema and John Unruh. We all wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Holiday programme 1

 This week we are presenting the first of three special holiday programmes, this one a repeat from 2019 is a prelude to two completely new shows on December 18th and Christmas Day. Today’s is filled with four stories about Christmases past and present as viewed by Shane Joseph, Linda Hutsell Manning, Allan Seymour and Les Robling. We’re sure you’ll enjoy them as you prepare for your holiday celebrations and send you our very best wishes for a happy holiday season.

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John Unruh

WORD ON THE HILLS Sunday at 1.00 pm. Meet John Unruh. John  is a Northumberland writer concerned with the value of broken things and how communities come together to fix them. He’s also a consulting technical writer and editor( and occasionally a very competent painter) John grew up in Winnipeg and moved to Cobourg with his wife and son in 2001 where he began his career in civil engineering, working as a documentation specialist and editorial advisor.. In the past year John has put in many volunteer hours to set up and run the ticketing system for the Northumberland Festival of the Arts and has become a highly valued source of answers to technical questions. This year John has published two short stories in Hill Spirits V, Blue Denim Press, and a poem in 101 Portraits, Wet Ink Books. In 2021 he published The Mime and the Girl in the November Issue of The Green Shoe Sanctuary In 2004 his story Angelic won a contest and was published in On Spec Magazine. He has also written several novels which are in various stages of completion. Felicity, Gwynn and Chris are happy to announce that John will be taking over the sound editing for WOTH in January as Chris focuses on other aspects of his busy life. All best wishes to Chris and welcome to the WOTH team, John.

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Celia McBride


This week our guest is Celia McBride. Celia is a multi-disciplinary artist originally from the Yukon, now living in Port Hope. As a playwright, Celia’s work was developed by numerous theatre companies in Canada (infinitheatre, Nightwood, Factory), and produced internationally by Red Kettle Theatre (Ireland) and Looking Glass Theatre (New York). She was commissioned by the Stratford Festival of Canada for the Studio Theatre’s inaugural season, and Walk Right Up premiered there in 2002. From 2005-2011, Celia was the Co-Artistic Director of Sour Brides Theatre, touring her play So Many Doors (Playwrights Canada Press) across Canada. In 2015, she released a feature film, Last Stop for Miles, adapted from one of her first plays. Since 2014, Celia has been working as a spiritual director and providing spiritual care in long-term care homes. She published O My God: An Un-Becoming Journey, a memoir, in 2022. Please visit celiamcbride.com for more information.

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Janet Stobie

Meet writer, storyteller and ordained minister, Janet Stobie from Peterborough, Ontario. During the last two years she has been working on a picture book for children, Rajah Finds his Wisdom and Breakthrough Moments that are two very different books. Rajah finds his Wisdom has just been released. Including these two new ones, Janet has written and published four children’s picture books, three short story collections, two novels and one worship resource. In addition Janet writes a column for the Millbrook Times, writes a blog that is part of her website, enjoys filling in for colleagues on Sunday mornings at church, and doing guest speaking at fundraisers and group meetings. Janet likes variety.

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Ken Morden

Today we welcome Ken Morden who lives on a country property with his wife and 2 dogs near Cold Springs. He owned a marketing company in Toronto for 25 years but sold it ten years ago. He and his wife bred, raised and raced Standardbred horses on a farm near Garden Hill for 17 years. They usually had 30+ horses at any one time and another 5 or 6 at the track. They sold this business two years ago. Caroline still has one riding horse but Ken doesn’t ride, having a negative reaction to falling off. President of Friends of Music for the past 10 years, he also sits on the Board for Spirit of the Arts Association Hills, was a member of the NFOTA steering Committee and led the very successful fundraising team for the festival. He took up writing 3 years ago and has written and self- published four books with a fifth due out by year end. He has a short story in Hill Spirits V and belongs to two critique groups. He is now concentrating on developing a series which follows the career of a professional criminal.

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Shelagh Mathers (S. M. Hurley)

Author Shelagh Mathers who publishes under her pen name, S.M. Hurley pays us another visit today. Shelagh retired from her law practice in 2020, just as the pandemic moved into high gear. Though she misses the people she worked with she doesn’t miss the practice. And she quickly settled into retirement and did a fun turn as a co-host of a local radio show, The County, Naturally. Recently however she stepped back from that to focus full time on Book # 3 in her series about Augie De Graaf, Prince Edward County Crown Prosecutor, which is now proceeding apace. Her second book in this series is called The Sevens and was published in 2020. She now spends a lot of time at the cottage with family, including a new granddaughter, who, like all grandchildren, is the most wonderful thing in the world!

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J D Carpenter

David Carpenter 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 program for 14 of those years. He publishes under the name J D Carpenter and began his writing career as a poet, but later turned to fiction, primarily murder mysteries: The Devil in Me (McClelland & Stewart, 2001); Bright’s Kill (Dundurn Press, 2005); 74 Miles Away (Dundurn Press, 2006); Twelve Trees (Dundurn Press, 2008) and The County Murders (Cressy Lakeside Books, 2016). A second Joe Horn mystery, The Lake Pirates was published by Cressy Lakeside Books in 2020. But David has now returned to writing poetry and has just published a collection, launching October 23rd, at Books and Company in Picton, titled A ROAD THROUGH THE CORN, PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY POEMS 1982-2022, as well as continuing work on a major revision to a Campbell Young mystery which he put aside several years ago. So though he told us that his biography hadn’t altered except in that he had grown several years older since he was last our guest, it seems there’s plenty to add to it

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Gwynn Scheltema

This week we welcome our co-host Gwynn Scheltema as our guest. After over 20 years of diversified experience in accounting, education, and administration Gwynn Scheltema decided to stop counting beans and start counting words. Since then, Gwynn has been a columnist, magazine article writer, ghost writer and a fiction editor for Lichen Arts & Letters Preview literary journal. Her award-winning fiction and poetry have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies and her latest poetry publication, Ten of Diamonds was published in 2021 by Glentula Press. She co-hosts Word on the Hills radio show on Northumberland 89.7FM, and writes, edits, coaches and teaches creative writing through her business Writescape.

Gwynn is also the president of Northumberland Festival of the Arts and headed up the Steering Committee for the festival which took place from September 16th and successfully concluded on October 2nd.

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Antony Di Nardo

This week we are re-broadcasting a show we made last spring with Antony Di Nardo. Antony has written six books of poetry. His work appears widely in journals and anthologies across Canada and internationally, and has been translated into several languages. His long poem suite “May June July” was winner of the Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize for 2017 and was short-listed for a National Magazine Award. He spent the last years of a teaching career in Beirut where he launched his first book of poetry “Alien, Correspondent” in 2010. He is an active member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Cobourg Poetry Workshop. His collection “Forget – Sadness – Grass” was released by Ronsdale Press this summer. The winner of the inaugural Don Gutteridge Poetry Award, “Through Yonder Window Breaks” has recently been published by Wet Ink Books.

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