Authors Chat about Ontario and the OAC

Authors Chat about Ontario and the OAC

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It’s the Ontario Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary this year, and in honour of that some of our Ontario authors have written in with their favourite Ontario memories, places, and things to do.

 

Cindy Watson – Out of Darkness: the Jeff Healey Story

I'm not sure if it qualifies as a 'haunt' as it only happens once a year, but the North Words Literary Festival in Muskoka is the place to be every fall. With a wide range of top shelf Canadian authors (sure to please every palate) in intimate venues, with superb food and drink at prices too good to be true, all while the leaves dance in a kaleidoscope of colour, who could ask for more?  

 

Ian Darling – Amazing Airmen: Canadian Flyers in the Second World War

The Ontario Arts Council provided me with a grant that enabled me to go to England to conduct research for my book, Amazing Airmen: Canadian Flyers in the Second World War. I regarded the grant as a vote of confidence. It confirmed my hope that readers would be interested in stories about veterans who survived ordeals in the Second World War. For this, I will always be grateful.

 

Gail H. Corbett – Nation Builders: Barnardo Children in Canada

My favourite literary haunt in Ontario is the village of LAKEFIELD , the Literary cradle of Ontario, home to myself and Margaret Lawrence and the literary greats such as Catharine Parr Traill, Susannna Moodie,

Sam Strickland, Isabella Valancy Crawford, John Craig, Edwin Guillet, Michael Peterman, Elwood Jones and many others. Each July for 20 years the village has hosted many of Ontario’s literary stars at the Lakefield, Connie Crook, Enid Mallory, whom Dundurn published last year.

 

Ann Elizabeth Carson – My Grandmother’s Hair

My favourite destination is The Manitoulin on Lake Huron, the largest lake island in the world, home to 7 aboriginal reservations, The Great Spirit Circle Trail and a community of non-aboriginal, native-born “Haweaters” (named for an indigenous plant). I migrate to the island for 3 months in the summer to write, inspired by island friends from aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities: writers and poets in The Manitoulin Writer’s Circle; actors, dancers and drummers from the Debajehmujig Storytellers, a group of professional multidisciplinary artists, and other island artists, potters, sculptors. There is music, art shows and literary readings at museums like the Gore Bay Museum and Heritage Centre. The three weekly Farmer’s Markets feed me body and soul with wonderful food, music and artisanal creations. And this just skims the surface! I do my best work on The Manitoulin, embraced by a spirit that I find nowhere else.

Ann Elizabeth Carson

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Ann Elizabeth Carson

Ann Elizabeth Carson, one of Toronto's Milles Femmes (2008), reads and shows at multi-media events and leads workshops in the arts. Her works include Shadows Light, My Grandmother’s Hair, The Risks of Remembrance, and We All Become Stories. She writes, paints, and sculpts in Toronto and Manitoulin Island.

Gail H. Corbett

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Gail H. Corbett

Gail Helena Corbett was born in Peterborough, Ontario and is a graduate of Queen's University. She is a teacher, has published in various periodicals, and is the editor of Famous Canadian Artists and the highly successful anthology, Portraits. Gail is the author of Country Churches, Literary Sketches, and Katherine Wallis.

Ian Darling

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Ian Darling

Ian Darling comes from an air force family. His father, as well as his two uncles, served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Darling is the author of Go Ask Dad and is the editorial writer at The Record. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Cindy Watson

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Cindy Watson

Cindy Watson is the author of Misunderstood Animals. She has published for children with Skipping Stones magazine, Dovetail Press, and South Pacific Press. A labour lawyer, she lives in Utterson in Ontario's Muskoka region.