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Airborne
Elizabeth Cunningham
Episode: P042
Broadcast dates: September 05 to September 18, 2022
Length: 30'' mins
Host: Carole Harmon
In the spirit of HARVEST, this autumn’s programs will recall people and events, underscoring their importance which reverberates in today’s world when we remember.

Elizabeth Cunningham of Nelson, British Columbia is a writer, teacher and visual artist who loves collaborating with others. Both her life and her work demonstrate a wide range of interest and commitment, which seem to flow through time and experience.

In this episode we spotlight her 2021 poetry release, Watching the Light Below the Storm. Then Elizabeth and I discuss her creative non-fiction memoir, Marty's Place and her next poetry offering, Airborne which are works in progress, with readings from both.


Marty's Place fits our autumn theme of harvest very well.

Marty's Place was The Village Bookstore owned by Marty Ahvenus. It opened in 1961 in the Gerrard Street Village in Toronto; a creative hub of the 60's and 70's which eventually gave way to the inevitable high-rises of urban renewal. Marty Ahvenus was an early supporter of emerging Canadian authors Margaret Atwood, bpNichol and many others.

Elizabeth worked for Marty in her late teens, and at Coach House Press, working on her own projects among others. Her memoir of these times recalls the early flowering of CanLit which is evident in the blooming garden of Canadian books today.

Two poems from Airborne complete the program, accompanied by Doug Jamieson's original music by the same title.

Watching the Light Below the Storm and Elizabeth's earlier poetry book, A Fragile Grace are available through bookstores or direct from the publisher, Ekstasis Editions.


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Smoke and Mirrors
Sheila Martineau
Episode: P040
Broadcast dates: August 22 to September 04, 2022
Length: 23'' mins
Host: Ingrid Rose
Smoke and Mirrors, a chapter from Sheila Martineau’s memoir, I Wanted to Tell You This: a memoir of magic, music, and madness, untangles the challenges she endured as the ‘disobedient daughter’ of brilliant but brutal, misguided parents and the strategies she used to combat and escape.

Her father was a professional magician and commercial artist. Her mother was a gold-medal classical pianist. They were high school sweethearts who performed together on stage and married while still in their teens.

Sheila Martineau PhD is a writer, copy editor, book designer, and social researcher who collaborates with artists, architects, and publishers. Her scholarly articles and doctoral dissertation focused on issues relating to childhood trauma.

sheilamartineau.com.

Rewriting Resilience: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Childhood Resilience and the Politics of Teaching Resilience to 'Kids at Risk. (UBC, 1999)
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My Elderly Young Child
Clarissa Green
Episode: P040
Broadcast dates: August 08 to August 21, 2022
Length: 31'' mins
Host: Ingrid Rose
Families, in turn, are knit together or torn apart by the stories we tell ourselves and each other.

Clarissa Green understands the world-creating power of stories. The author, who died in August, 2020 after seeing her book to publication, practised as a family therapist in Vancouver for decades, specializing in the dilemmas of adult children and their frail, elderly parents.

Clarissa reads from her book Grownupedness, a meditation on what she learned, both in her clinical practice and in her own family. Her particular interest is in the way that adult children and their parents all yearn to be seen by other family members as competent, mature adults. Hence the playful title of this remarkable book, Grownupedness.

These are deftly sketched accounts of family pain, laughter and renewal as families respond to the traumas of aging and the looming presence of death. Green, who worked hard in local creative writing programs and writers’ groups to perfect her craft as a storyteller, brings these fraught moments of family dynamics to life with vivid descriptions and telling anecdotes.
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The GhostBrush
Katherine Govier
Episode: P039
Broadcast dates: July 25 to August 07, 2022
Length: 30 mins
Host: Carole Harmon
Katherine Govier's historical novel, The Ghost Brush celebrates the life of Oei (hey you) the daughter, student, assistant and eventually fellow artist of Katsushika Hokusai, the most famous artist of the Edo period (1603 - 1867) in Japan . In The Ghost Brush Oei is a ghost narrator of her own life.

There is in this book a mystery to be solved; an intimate look at Edo, a closed culture poised on the brink of opening itself to the west; a portrait of a lifelong relationship between father and daughter; and a view into a closed and secret culture in which women were currency and citizens were not permitted to accrue wealth.

Oei became an acknowledged painter in her own time despite the restrictive social rules women lived under in the Edo period. Her significant contributions to Hokusai's later works are now acknowledged by some scholars, including attributions for some paintings credited to her father. Nevertheless her death and the fate of her paintings continues to be shrouded in mystery.

The sequel to The Ghost Brush, The Red Fuji, in which the ghost of Oei continues to search for her lost paintings is in a long lineup somewhere between finished manuscript and bookstores. We will announce a release date in our Writers Radio newsletter when we know it.

The Ghost Brush was published by Harper Collins. In the US it was titled The Print Maker's Daughter.

An extended edition of the book is available as an e-book from Apple Books and Kodo in the collection Katherine Govier Three Book Bundle In this edition there is another character, Rebecca, who becomes obsessed with Oei and joins the hunt for her lost paintings and for answers to questions of attribution of Hokusai's later works.

Find out more about this author and her other novels on her website: katherinegovier.com
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The Ancestral Gift
Reclaiming the Commons
Heather Menzies
Episode: P038
Broadcast dates: July 11 to July 24, 2022
Length: 28'' mins
Host: Ingrid Rose
Much of Heather Menzies' adult life has been spent writing, researching, teaching and giving talks throughout the world about critical issues of our time. Understanding herself to be a seeker, and feeling the limits of the current academic discourse, she welcomed the inner debate between her intellectual self and the self that knew there were other experiential ways of "knowing".

In conversation with writers radio host Ingrid Rose, she tells the remarkable story of an early experience as a child, her connection to something much larger than her known world, and reads from her book, Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good, A memoir and manifesto about re-connection with her Highland Scottish ancestors who had lived by the laws of the Commons until the English "Clearances" drove them from the land they knew in their bones.
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Out of Africa, Out of the Fire
Jane Mortifee
Episode: P037
Broadcast dates: June 27 to July 10, 2022
Length: 24'' mins
Host: Ingrid Rose
Jane Mortifee’s 2018 novel, Out of the Fire, could be read as a balm for the troubled, chaotic times we find ourselves in. It tells of a quest for forgiveness and healing from the ravages of vengeance, bitterness and hate.

On the riverbank near an African village, a violent act sets into motion fates that intertwine and continue to bring anguish and torment through to the next generation. How can reconciliation and forgiveness ever bring healing when grief, revenge and destiny continue to play out their purpose? When a devastating fire rips through the village, lives are lost and survivors are changed forever. 
 
The scene Jane Mortifee reads for this writers radio program takes place several years after the fire. A meeting between the young woman, Ntombi, and young man, Mantla, in the first flush of awareness of their mutual attraction. The story is as much about the characters as it is the potency of the tribal earth which is Africa and the powerful spiritual healers. The trials undertaken through different destinies to find resolution.
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Man and This Mysterious Universe
Shamcher Bryn Beorse
Episode: P036
Broadcast dates: June 13 to June 26, 2022
Length: 44'' mins
Host: Carole Harmon
Join host Carole Harmon in conversation with Carol Sill in part 2 of a 2 part series. Carol Sill is the publisher of Man and This Mysterious Universe and the previously unpublished memoir of Shamcher Bryn Beorse, A Sufi Went To War.

In our last episode we explored Beorse’s experiences in World War 2 as related in his wartime memoir, A Sufi Went to War, which was completed in 1979 but only published in May 2022 by Alpha Glyph Publications.

At the same time Beorse was leading MI5 agents through the mountains of Norway at night, plotting to kidnap Hitler with high level Allied and German officials, and seeing action himself he was scribbling in his notebook the beginnings of Man and This Mysterious Universe which was published in 1949 and re-released in 2015, by Alpha Glyph Publications.

Shamcher was the student and friend of Sufi mystic Inayat Khan who had encouraged him to write what they both saw as a book for future humanity.

A celebrated musician in his native India, Inayat Khan spread the spiritual and practical message of love, harmony and beauty through his music and teachings in Europe and America between 1910 and 1926.

Carol Sill edits and publishes The Shamcher Bulletin, a newsletter on Substack. She also publishes a newsletter of her own writing on Substack, Personal Papers: Writing from the Intersection of Imagination and Reality.

A Sufi Went to War, Man and Man and This Mysterious Universe and other titles by Shamcher Bryn Beorse are published by Alpha Glyph Publications on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada. All titles are available on Amazon.


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A Sufi Went To War
Shamcher Bryn Beorse
Episode: P035
Broadcast dates: May 30 to June 12, 2022
Length: 36'' mins
Host: Carole Harmon
Carol Sill in conversation with Carole Harmon

Airdate: May 30 - June 12, 2022 - at the top of each hour, every hour

Join host Carole Harmon in conversation with Carol Sill, publisher of the previously unpublished memoir of Shamcher Bryn Beorse, A SUFI WENT TO WAR.

Shamcher (his Sufi name) was a Norwegian engineer, economist, author, and Sufi who distinguished himself in WW2 as spy, strategist and soldier often working with MI 5 and resistance fighters.

Carol Sill became Shamcher's close friend and student in his later years when he lived in Bremerton, Washington on the west coast of the USA. Since Shamcher's death in 1980 Carol has worked as archivist and publisher to bring his published and unpublished manuscripts of philosophy, essays, fiction, and memoir to the public.

Carol hesitated to publish A Sufi Went to War, which Shamcher completed in 1979, in a time of relative world peace. The war in Ukraine has revealed a need for fresh perspectives and a more nuanced understanding of history.

Shamcher Bryn Beorse was the student and friend of sufi mystic Inayat Khan. A celebrated musician in his native India, Inayat Khan spread the spiritual and practical message of love, harmony and beauty through his music and teachings in Europe and America between 1910 and 1926.

Shamcher recalled:
After one of Sufi Inayat’s talks, a listener asked, “Should a Sufi be a pacifist?”

Said Inayat, “If people of goodwill lay down their arms today, they will be forced into war, forced to fight—not FOR their ideals but AGAINST them.”

Three of Inayat’s children shortly afterwards distinguished themselves in World War II. I went over the hill to serve, though pacifists screamed at me.

In this episode Carol reads the chapter, To Kidnap a Head of State.

This was an actual plot to kidnap Hitler in the midst of World War 2 which, had it succeeded, would have ended the war. It is by no means the only incident of espionage, daring and mysterious occurrences in A Sufi Went to War which may be ordered on Amazon.

Carol Sill edits and publishes The Shamcher Bulletin, a newsletter on Substack. She also publishes a newsletter of her own writing on Substack, Personal Papers: Writing from the intersection of imagination and reality.

A Sufi Went to War, and other titles by Shamcher Bryn Beorse are published by Alpha Glyph Publications on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada.

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Layers of Exile
Lawrence Feuchtwanger
Episode: P034
Broadcast dates: May 16 to May 29, 2022
Length: 34'' mins
Host: Ingrid Rose
Lawrence Feuchtwanger joins Ingrid Rose to discuss his work and read from his poetry book, Refugee Song, and from his unpublished novel, Skin.

Lawrence writes: …of the sweetness. tenderness, disillusionment and bitterness of growing up and coming of age amidst the tumult and aching beauty of South Africa

…of the legacy of wanderings and displacements of my parents, and their parents, and their parents’ parent’s parents, exiles and refugees from a hostile European anti-Semitism

…of my own self-imposed exile, drifting through continents and countries—from South Africa to England, through Europe and overland from Cairo back to Johannesburg and from there to Canada, to Vancouver and now here, Gabriola Island, grateful to live and write on the traditional lands of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.

Refugee Song is available from the publisher, Signature Editions or your favourite bookstore.
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Traitors Among Us
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Episode: P033
Broadcast dates: May 02 to May 15, 2022
Length: 35'' mins
Host: Carole Harmon
Marsha Skrypuch in conversation with Carole Harmon


Airdate: May 2 - 15, 2022 - at the top of each hour, every hour

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch writes about war from a young person’s point of view. She is the author of more than twenty books for young people; many shine a spotlight on the complicated history of WW2 and its aftermath, still being enacted today in the war in Ukraine.

Her protagonists are children and teens who must cope with the horrors of war as active participants, finding their way with resilience, courage, and wit. Traitors Among Us is based on the very real Soviet 'Silence Camps' in the Soviet Zone and Soviet Union following the end of WW2. Krystia and Maria, teen-age sisters from a small town in Ukraine, have separately survived harrowing wartime situations. As the book opens it is 1945. WW2 is over, but not the repercussions of the war. Krystia and Maria, together at last, have sought asylum in the American Zone—a transient and short lived interlude of safety.

Marsha’s books are widely available in bookstores and libraries in audio, book form and e-book. They are published by Scholastic in Canada and the US.
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The People's Poet
Fiona Tinwei Lam
Episode: P032
Broadcast dates: April 18 to May 01, 2022
Length: 23'' mins
Host: Ingrid Rose
Fiona Tinwei Lam is a well loved Vancouver poet who became the City of Vancouver's sixth Poet Laureate in 2022. In conversation with Ingrid Rose, Fiona discusses her legacy project, City Poems Contest, in which youth, emerging, and established poets are invited to create poems. These poems would foster greater understanding about significant historical, cultural and ecological sites on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh peoples now known as the City of Vancouver.

The winners will be announced in June, 2022. In 2023, these winning poems will be offered as source material for City Poems Contest Phase Two, in which film makers will compete to turn winning poems into video-poems.

Fiona Tinwei Lam is the author of Intimate Distances (finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Prize), Enter the Chrysanthemum and Odes & Laments. She also authored the illustrated children's book, The Rainbow Rocket.

Visit Fiona's website, https://fionalam.net/, to learn more about City Poems Contest (and how to order her books!)

A position such as Poet Laureate can overshadow the work of the poet so honoured. In this Writers Radio episode Fiona reads poems about the evolving life of a young family.

Intimate and sometimes raw poems about family—challenges of motherhood are described from the vantage points of a daughter and of a mother.

Listen and enjoy!
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Love and Death
Jeremy Page
Episode: P031
Broadcast dates: April 04 to April 17, 2022
Length: 30'' mins
Host: Carole Harmon
Jeremy Page in conversation with Carole Harmon


Airdate: April 4 - 17, 2022 - at the top of each hour, every hour

Jeremy Page is a writer, editor, playwright and translator. He was Director of the Centre for Language Studies at the University of Sussex.

Carole Harmon comments:

I'm struck by the fellowship of writers who pursue similar means of reaching readers and listeners. Jeremy is founding editor of the long running literary journal, Frogmore Papers, and a member of Needlewriters, a co-operative which showcases writers from Sussex and Kent in England. My co-producer, Ingrid Rose, studied at the University of Sussex. Small world.

Dance Me To The End Of Love is the story Jeremy has chosen to read for Writers Radio listeners. The famous Leonard Cohen song is like a recurring minor character in a story which traces love and loss, illness, death, and renewal in the relationship of two friends and their beloveds.

Jeremy's writing is influenced by the writing of philosopher and journalist Albert Camus, one of the Twentieth Century's great writers. His 1947 novel La Peste foreshadowed the 1949-53 polio epidemic and our own Covid-19 Pandemic.

This story has another resonance with the time we are living in. Leonard Cohen's inspiration in writing Dance Me To the End Of Love; "arose from a photograph that I saw when I was a child, of some people in striped pyjamas prison uniforms with violins playing beside a smoke stack and the smoke was made out of gypsies and children, and this song arose out of that photograph." Leonard Cohen

The program closes with Jeremy reading two poems from his latest collection, The Naming and The Return.

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Between Two
Daniela Elza
Episode: P030
Broadcast dates: March 21 to April 03, 2022
Length: 31'' mins
Host: Carole Harmon
Daniela Elza in conversation with Carole Harmon.

Daniela Elza's poems explore the space between two: people, species, media, times.
In this episode poems from her 2020 release the broken boat probe the break-down of her twenty year marriage.

We also discuss Daniela's collaborations with other artists.

Poems from
milk tooth bane bone led to a melding of talents with Soressa Gardner in the album, crow morphologies. 
Soressa Gardner (SelfDeconstructy Music) is a vocalist, laptop composer/improvisor, and sometimes songwriter.
Both artists have intense and unusual relationships with crows. The resulting spoken word/sound creations are haunting: the thin noose of light, from the album, wraps up the program.
Read/Hear more:

the broken boat is available from
Mother Tongue Publishing and your preferred bookstore, as are some other titles by Daniela.

milk tooth bane bone (Leaf Press 2013), and other books by Daniela Elza, are available directly from Daniela's website, Strange Places.

crow morphologies, and other works by Soressa Gardner, are available through Soressa's bandcamp page.


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Memoir In Pieces
Kate Bird
Episode: P029
Broadcast dates: March 07 to March 20, 2022
Length: 23 mins
Host: Ingrid Rose
Kate Bird in conversation with Ingrid Rose

Kate Bird's first camera was a gift from her father, with whom she came to share his love of photography. Through every hardship and many moves in a troubled life, Kate’s father preserved the photographs he’d taken in his early years as an outdoorsman, and his collection of 1940s black-and-white negatives came to her.

Kate Bird's career as a librarian and researcher has been shaped by her love of photographs and their ability to capture both life at its most dramatic and the quiet beauty of the world. Her collection of essays, A Memoir In Pieces, is about family history, memory and photography.

In this Writers Radio episode Kate reads excerpts from two essays: Archival Record AN1940s, which was shortlisted for the Malahat Review’s 2021 Constance Rooke CNF Prize, and About Face.

Photo enthusiasts take note:

Kate Bird researched, edited and authored three books of photographs published by Greystone Books between 2016 and 2019. They can be ordered from the publisher or your favourite bookstore.

• Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos From A Decade That Changed the City 
• City On Edge: A Rebellious Century of Protests, Riots, and Strikes. 
• Magic Moments in BC Sports: A Century in Photos



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Exit Wounds
Tariq Malik
Episode: P028
Broadcast dates: February 21, 2022 to March 06, 2022
Length: 27'' mins
Host Ingrid Rose
After-effects of Colonialism

Broadcast Dates: February 21 - March 6, 2022

1947

In one of its final colonial acts on the Indian sub-continent, Great Britain partitioned disputed Punjab into Indian and Pakistani territories. Ten million people were dislocated and millions died as Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and other religious minorities, who had lived together Were forced to abandon their homes.

Tariq Malik

was born into this chaos in Kotli, a village in Western (Pakistani) Punjab in 1951. The effects of this displacement and violence have shaped his life.

As an adult Tariq, who'd become a chemical engineer, moved to Kuwait to support his family, as his father had done before him. Harsh desert sands with buried corpses and land mines continue to inspire his present day writing.

Tariq emigrated to Canada and now lives in Vancouver. He writes poetry, historical fiction, and short stories about his own experiences of displacement, and that of others.

Exit Wounds, (poetry) will be released by Caitlin Press in fall 2022.

Rainsongs from Kotli, (short stories), is available from Amazon.

Tariq's poems are included in
Unmooring the Komagata Maru – Charting Colonial Trajectories, (UBC Press, 2019)
 
Nights of Kleptomania, (poetry) and Chanting Denied Shores, (fiction), can be ordered from the author: Tariq Malik
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Squall - Part 2
Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley
Chad Norman
Episode: P027
START: February 07, 2022
ENDS: February 20, 2022
Length: 26'' mins
Host Carole Harmon
In PART 1  we hear of Percy Shelley's drowning in 1822 at age 29 in the Ligurian sea, off the coast of the town of Viareggio, Italy, when his sailing boat capsized in a storm. We also hear how Chad Norman came to write Squall in the voice of Mary Shelley.

PART 2

Squall: Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley

Chad Norman discusses his experience as a man attempting to plumb the psyche of a woman he greatly admires who has been dead for over two hundred years.

Chad also elaborates on the fate of Mary Shelley following her husband's death; she struggles as a single mother and author, one he believes is undervalued to this day.

Frankenstein ; or, The Modern Prometheus, published in 1818, is Mary Shelley's best known work. She went on to publish several other novels. The Last Man, 1826, was prescient. Set in late twenty-first century Europe, a mysterious pandemic sweeps across the globe resulting in the near extinction of humanity.
Squall is beautifully illustrated with black-and-white line drawings by Judith S. Bauer of Parrsboro Nova Scotia.

Published by Guernica Editions as part of the Essential Poets Series, Squall may be ordered from the publisher, your favourite bookstore or online. It is not available as an e-book.

If you are intrigued to delve into the writing of Mary Shelley, various compilations and individual novels are available in print. Both Kindle and Apple Books have inexpensive editions of the Collected Works.
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Squall - Part 1
Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley
Chad Norman
Episode: P026
START: January 24, 2022
ENDS: February 06, 2022
Length: 28'' mins
Host Carole Harmon
Squall, Part 1: Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley

In Mary Shelley's Tempest, his introduction to Squall, Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley, George Elliott Clarke wrote:

I've known Chad Norman for thirty years. He's written fine work before, but Squall is one of his best....Certainly Mary Woolstonecraft Shelley is rendered brilliantly herein, both as the creator of a masterpiece, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818) and as the critical curator of a spouse-maker's legacy.

Mary Shelley's husband, Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, drowned at age 29 in the Ligurian sea, off the coast of the town of Viareggio, Italy, when his sailing boat capsized in a storm. The Shelleys' relationship was passionate, scandalous, haunted by tragedy; a union of artists as well as a marriage.

Percy Shelley’s body, recovered after days in the ocean, was burned on the beach by public order for health reasons. Women weren’t allowed to attend such occasions but Mary was given and preserved Percy’s charred heart in a box.

It is this which imaginatively locates each of the poems in Squall; on that beach, with that box, as Chad Norman re-imagines Mary Shelley reviewing her marriage in light of this final tragedy.

Clarke also comments in Mary Shelley's Tempest,

we witness Mary Shelley in communion with her own soul...


Squall, PART 2: Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley, Airing February 07, 2022

My zoom conversation with Chad Norman about writing Squall was long and fascinating. We couldn't seem to stop talking. I have broken this conversation into three parts:  two episodes about the writing of the book and a separate section (to be put on Writer's Radio website as an additional podcast) about the trials of launching his book during a pandemic.

The first episode explores the germination of Squall and the process of writing it. The second episode focuses Chad's experience as a man attempting to plumb the psyche of a woman he greatly admires who has been dead for over two hundred years. Chad locates this investigation squarely within the wave of the women's liberation movement of which Mary Shelley's mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was a forerunner.

Squall is beautifully illustrated with black-and-white line drawings by Judith S. Bauer of Parrsboro Nova Scotia.

Published by Guernica Editions as part of their Essential Poets Series, Squall may be ordered from the publisher or your favourite bookstore or online. It is not available as an e-book.

If you are intrigued to delve into the writing of Mary Shelley both Kindle and Apple Books have inexpensive editions of the Collected Works and various compilations are available in print editions.
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Loss and Resilience
Colette Gagnon, Margot Blum and
Meharoona Ghani
Episode: P025
START: January 10, 2022
ENDS: January 23, 2022
Length: 34'' mins
Host Carole Harmon
All living beings: humans, creatures, Earth itself experience trauma and loss. The ability to endure is the resilience each must activate, which has sustained life on Earth for billions of years. 

Colette Gagnon’s memoir based poetry memorializes her family. The dead can dream us, she writes in For Leaving.
Colette dedicates her poems to family members and events: the death of her mother, the violent death of her brother Phil, and childhood events explored in her longer narrative piece, Lure dedicated to her Father and brother Phil.

Margot Blum’s poems are set within our collective entrapment by Covid. Past and present intertwine—invocations of lost love remembered with overarching perspectives of who, where, and when we are.

Meharoona Ghani’s intricate sestinas chart her experiences as a long time sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis. Her concurrent spiritual journey weaves body mind and spirit as she struggles with the ideal and experience of divine guidance.
Colette Gagnon and Margot Blum live and write in Vancouver, Meharoona on Vancouver Island, Canada.
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Life and Art
Cornelia Hoogland and Ted Goodden
Episode: P024
START: December 27, 2021
ENDS: January 09, 2021
Length: 24'' mins
Host: Ingrid Rose
Host Ingrid Rose

COSMIC BOWLING

Cornelia Hoogland & Ted Goodden

The collaboration between poet Cornelia Hoogland and artist Ted Goodden, who live on Hornby Island off the west coast in Canada, began as a life partnership.

Now it’s expressed through their interwoven artistic responses to the 64 archetypes, or hexagrams, of the Chinese Book of Changes, or I Ching, the oldest system of classical divination, and one of the oldest books in the world.

Imagine 64 wise texts informing AND responding to Ted Goodden’s sixty-four small clay figures of a naked man holding a ball, embracing a ball, leaning on a ball, throwing a ball, and so on...

Imagine Cornelia Hoogland responding to both sculptures and hexagrams in the context of her own life with sixty-four six line poems.

First an exhibition, now a book: Cosmic Bowling

Cosmic Bowling is available through Guernica Editions, your favourite bookstore, or online retailer
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Winter Spell
9 writers remember and muse on the turning of the year
Episode: P023, Start:December 13, 2021
ENDS: December 26, 2021
Length: 35'
Host: Carole Harmon
9 writers remember and muse on the turning of the year

Broadcast dates: Dec. 13 - 26. 2021

To celebrate the coming season we invited writers who participated in one of our programs during the past year to share memories or musings on the turning of the year in any of its manifestations as celebration, contemplation, cycle and renewal.


• Medwyn McConachy: Winter in the North

• Chris Kammler: When I Rise

• Sonya Lea: Solstice Celebration

• Sarah Knoebber: Burrowing Through

• Una Suseli O'Connell: Kris Kringle and Associates

• H.C Phillips: Return Instinct

• Julian Shillcock: Christmas Story

• Zoe Dagneault: Christmas 85

• Jacinda Oldale & Raw Honey: This Year
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Three Contemplations
Kurt Trzcinski, David Miller and Garry Ward
Episode: P022
START: November 29, 2021
ENDS: December 12, 2021
Length: 25'' mins
Host: Carole Harmon
Poetry + Essay + Jazz Poetry

Kurt Trzcinski composes a poem suite upon visiting Glacier Bay Alaska.
David Miller collaborates with pocket gophers.
Garry Ward riffs on life and music.

Broadcast dates: November 29 - December 12

KURT TRZCINSKI lives in Victoria on Vancouver Island, Canada. His work and studies as a biologist lead him far afield. With the mind of a scientist and the heart of a poet, his Glacier Bay Suite takes us deep into the intermingled reality we live in of personal/global, human/other than human, climate change/adaptation.

DAVID MILLER lives on twenty acres of cultivated wilderness surrounded by urban sprawl of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His humorous essay on how to deal with pocket gophers without becoming a murderer is a reminder there are other ways of being with the abundant life around us.

GARRY WARD lives in New Westminster, BC. He is a self-described prairie boy who ran away from home to join the band. Fellow Traveller is a jazz poem in which he is  reader and musician, writer and composer. It's from his chapbook, Life After Midnight: a collection of jazz poetry.
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Celebrating One Year On Air
Ingrid Rose, Carole Harmon and Gary Sill
Episode: P021
START: November 15, 2021
ENDS: November 28 12, 2021
Length: 38'' mins
Hosts, Ingrid Rose, Carole Harmon and Gary Sill
Celebrating One Year On Air

Writers Radio celebrates its first anniversary.

Our thanks to the forty writers who joined us this year and to our listeners in 100 + countries!

LISTEN! November 15 - 28 at the top of each hour

Ingrid, Gary and Carole are so delighted to reach this milestone. For this anniversary episode we offer our own work, as well as a conversation between the three producers, musing on where we have been and where we are going.

Ingrid Rose reads Under the Weather, which reflects so clearly our common anxieties within a planetary perspective at this unique time in our planet's history.

Gary Sill presents his piano composition, Orpheus Rising which he composed for the Sonic Boom Festival in Vancouver in 2019. On that occasion it was performed by Michael Parkes but in this rendition Gary has orchestrated the performance using computer software.

Carole Harmon reads two 'eco poems' as Ingrid has styled them. Paradesa is a poem inspired by Columbia Icefield in the Canadian Rockies. Congress With Fire is a tiny story set at Grassi Lakes, also in the Canadian Rockies.

Writers Radio airs around the world through our website and radio aggregators who have widened our distribution to worldwide listeners of English speaking radio.

We average between 650 and 1000 listeners for each episode with an average listening time of over 30 minutes. Listeners in Canada, the USA and Germany comprise our largest audience but we have listeners in the UK, Ethiopia, France, India, Bolivia and many other countries.
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Big Reader
Susan Olding
Episode: P020
START: November 01, 2021
ENDS: November 14 12, 2021
Length: 30'' mins
Host: Ingrid Rose
Big Reader; essays

Susan Olding

"If these essays were glass bells and you struck them one by one with your favourite pen, they would ring with the purest, clearest notes, each chapter in its singularity contributing to the gorgeous orchestral music that this book is. Olding has found exactly the right balance between the details of her life and the wide reach of research and obsession..."
Lorna Crozier, Canadian poet

Susan Olding "turns to the library to read her own life". Her literary essays reference books she has read, their effect on her at the time she read them and their continuing influence.  The titles of the essays reference the location or circumstance germane to reading each book. Books read become her lifelong companions and teachers.

In this episode Susan chats with Ingrid Rose about her essay, Beach Reading which cycles around her recurring encounters with Doris Lessing's famous book, The Golden Notebook.

Big Reader was released in May, 2021 and may be ordered from the publisher, Freehand Books, your favourite bookstore, or online from Chapters Indigo or Amazon.

Susan Olding's previous book Pathologies: A Life in Essays, was selected by 49th Shelf and Amazon.ca as one of 100 Canadian books to read in a lifetime.
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Liberty's Children
Judith Lapadat and Gail Madjzoub
Episode P019
STARTS: October 18, 2021
ENDS: October 31, 2021
Length: 29'
Host, Carole Harmon
Liberty's Children

Gail Madjzoub
CRIMSON INK : A Novel of Modern Iran
1955-2011  

Based on historical facts, Crimson Ink traces the multi-generational interweaving of three Iranian families through decades of great social change and upheaval. The novel is grounded in Gail's knowledge and experience of living within an extended Iranian Baha'i family over the course of her twenty year marriage.
The setting of Gail's reading is in the city of Shiraz, Iran. It’s early Autumn of 1955. The country is gradually emerging from the throes of its most recent clergy-led pogrom against its largest religious minority, the Baha’is.
Six year old Fareshteh and her mother Farah set the stage for the turbulent events to come.

Judith Lapadat
THE AGE OF GRANDCHILDREN

Judith Lapadat's coming of age novel takes place in the imagined near future, in a world ravaged by climate change. Best friends Becca and Honor have grown up in an all-female collective sheltering beneath the ruins of a bombed university.
Honor is a runner who carries trade packages to the wall surrounding their shelter, Becca is her watcher. Mother Stella is their group leader in this closed society. Judith's readings take place over a two day period which will awaken the girls to aspects of their world they have never suspected.

One of our intentions at Writers Radio is to welcome writers from beyond our immediate community and aquaintance. Writing is a solitary practice so groups like Salish Sea Writers and Oceanside Writers Group on Vancouver Island, which both Judith Lapadat and Gail Madjzoub participate in, are invaluable for developing manuscripts.
Crimson Ink may be ordered through bookstores or Amazon.
The Age of Grandchildren is the first novel in the Beyond Hope Series for which Judith is looking for a publisher.
Both authors are hard at work on sequels

Music and audio production
Gary Sill
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Towne Crier, Troubadour
Kevin Spenst
P018, October 04 to October 17, 2021
Length: 21'
Host, Ingrid Rose

Towne Crier, Troubadour

In conversation, Ingrid Rose and Vancouver poet Kevin Spenst explore the territory of poem as performance, not on a stage but beyond cultural venues, in city and forest, from park benches and on poetry walks as reader's words interact with listeners in life. During Covid, Kevin performed over thirty physically distanced pop-up readings in person while most of the world was on Zoom.

And then he reads: surprising, hilarious, heart stopping poems with lines such as "...you can blame my tin ear for heeding the metallurgy of the dead" (from Hearts Amok: A Memoir in Verse).

In Ignite, Kevin sounds his father's schizophrenia; with wit and compassion. 

Kevin is the poetry mentor at Simon Fraser University Continuing Education, The Writers Studio. His books may be ordered from your favourite bookstore or the publisher, Anvil Press and include: Hearts Amok: A Memoir In Vers" and Incite; Jabbering With Bing Bong.

Visit Kevin's website for upcoming encounters you may wish to attend.

Music and audio production, Gary Sill
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The Causes
Cathy Stonehouse
P017, September 20 to October 03, 2021
Length: 26'
Host, Ingrid Rose
Host, Ingrid Rose

"The Causes"

Cathy Stonehouse is known for her poetry, short stories, and critical writing. These skills are keenly focused in her debut novel, The Causes.

Jose´Ramirez is a nineteen year old conscript in Argentina's invasion of Islas Malvinas in 1982. In English this archipelago, off the coast of Argentina in the south Atlantic, is known as the Falkland Islands.

Cathy was a teenager in England when this conflict broke out. The British fleet, with a rousing send off by Margaret Thatcher, sailed 8000 miles across the Atlantic to protect what had been a British Protectorate since 1841.

This strange war, which was never actually declared, saw extreme armed combat for 72 days. In the way of modern wars, it also never really ended. Argentina considers Islas Malvinas a province of Argentina and Britain still administers its Protectorate.

This clash of realities mirrors the experience of some of the Argentinian combatants, including the novel's protagonist, José, who were tortured by their own officers as the conflict overlapped with Argentina's ongoing Dirty War.

Whether declared or not, the multi-faceted effects of war are born by those who fight them, their families, and the societies in which they live. This is what Cathy writes about.

By choosing an Argentinian protagonist Cathy steps outside the usual narrative around the colonial history of these islands which were whaled by American, Scandinavian and European ships from the mid 1700's onward. These islands are among the wildest and inaccessible places on Earth. The indigenous population is birds.

In their conversation Cathy and Ingrid Rose discuss the process of writing this novel which has been gestating since Cathy was a teenager.

Mysterious, gripping, poetic and magic-realist, The Causes is a love story for a threatened planet, set in Argentina, Spain, the UK and the South Atlantic. (from the author's website)
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Whiteness Is Not An Ancestor
The Way Forward
Kate Regan phd, Christina Greené
S106, September 06 to September 19, 2021
Length: 27'
Host, Carole Harmon

Not So Nice: Confessions of an "Innocent" White Woman

Alaska born and raised Kate Regan begins her essay with a question:

What is the myth of whiteness that those of us born with white skin must journey through and learn from?
Sharing with the listener from personal soul work and experiences from her professional career working with companies and organizations as diverse as Lucas Films, UN leadership development program, American Express and JFK University, Kate explores the meaning of conscience in it's original Greek and Latin meaning of knowledge within oneself.


Weltschmerz

German born, and an immigrant to the USA, Christina Greené comes from a family which has suffered unspeakable persecution and hardship. The title of her essay means world pain, the weight of the world in one's heart. Christina was guided in a loving way by her maternal grandmother, Hulda, to understand the tragedies of the past. Hulda's family were Kulags, peasant farmers in the Volhynia region of Ukraine, who suffered from Stalin's inhumane and murderous program of land annexation in the 1930's.
Who alive today does not feel Weltschmerz? And yet, despite the tragedies of the past, Christina’s essay focuses on healing.


Listen at the top of each hour:
August 25 - Sept. 5
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Traces On The Page
Jen Currin
P016, August 23 to September 05, 2021
Length: 27'
Host, Ingrid Rose

In conversation with Ingrid Rose, Jen reflects on the challenge she has encountered in writing her recent short story collection, Hider/Seeker:

...we can get maybe 10% or even less of lived experience onto the page.

This quest to capture the ineffable nature of relationship permeates all Jen's work, as beloved poet and now as a teller of tales.


Listen at the top of each hour:
August 25 - Sept. 5


Hider/Seeker was published in 2018 by Anvil Press. This book and Jen's award-winning poetry titles: School, The Inquisition Yours, Hagiography, and The Sleep of Four Cities are available through local bookstores and online suppliers such as Amazon.
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Legacy
A Fine Balance
S105, August 09 to August 22, 2021
Length: 26'
Host, Ingrid Rose

CAROLE HARMON:

In Mountain Light — Walking With My Grandfather

In this essay Carole explores her family's role in the colonial history of the Canadian Rockies where she was raised in a family of landscape photographers and worked as a photographer and publisher for many years.

I didn't intend to write about the plight of aboriginal people in Canada, Carole says. I began to think about boundaries. The National Parks were supposedly created for ALL Canadians but the National Parks Act excluded aboriginal people from these, their ancestral lands. Aboriginal people in Canada, after so many horrific injustices, even now being revealed, are still seen and treated as 'other' by mainstream Canadian society.

In her essay Carole explores her own photography as an example of transgressing boundaries.

UNA SUSELI O'CONNELL

The Cuckoo That Laid the Golden Egg—The Legacy of Nazi Gold in Switzerland

Una writes extensively about family history based on letters and diaries left by both sides of her family. Whereas Carole Harmon's family legacy is photographs, Una's is words.

Una's Swiss mother taught her, 'gold is good, gold will save your life'. Coming from a poor family in then impoverished Switzerland this belief of Una's mother is understandable. Instead the paralyzing spectre of want led to fear and imprudence.

This is an essay which explores how a country ignored its cultural heritage and values in order to secure prosperity and security, It reveals how thin and mutable the boundaries between victim and perpetrator actually are.

Una's family memoir, The Absent Prince explores the effect of war and other cultural values which shatter families by isolating and removing the men from family life. It can be ordered internationally through Amazon and more widely in the UK.

If you are new to this series, listen to our PODCAST of the Introduction to the series: Lisa Iversen, the editor, in conversation with Ingrid Rose.

Read more about the book: reviews, links to past online events on CAB Publishing website.
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Lost Coast Writers
P015, July 26 to August 08, 2021
Length: 31'
Host, Ingrid Rose


A special summer episode curated by Susan Dambroff:

writers from Lost Coast Writers Retreat in northern California

Susan Dambroff - Introduction

Chris Kammler - The Whistlin' Gal

Jeff DeMark - Guatemala

Chris Kammler - Spring Again 1 & 2

Chris Orr - The Library of Kisses
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Whiteness Is Not An Ancestor
Honouring The Past
S104, July 12 to July 25, 2021
Length: 23'
"Honouring The Past"
program 4 of 6

Summer Starr & Sharon Halfnight

In her introduction to the anthology Lisa Iversen writes:

In the collective field of the soul, everyone and everything belongs. This knowingness provides a necessary resource when there are experiences of injustice....Bringing visibility to both perpetrators and victims of injustice, whether past or present, is necessary to heal inheritances of collective trauma.

In this episode one writer explores her ancestral history while another looks at today's challenges and imagines the future.

Summer Starr
Whiteness in Colonial America: My Family's Legacy

Summer writes:

...for most of my life, as far as I knew, we were just Californians. This lack of history put the focus on the now, on the immediate, and the past held very little interest for me...My concept of family history was only a couple of generations back. That all changed in the summer of 2019.

Sharon Halfnight
White Walking

Sharon begins her essay:

I welcomed the invitation to contribute an essay to this book on whiteness before I had any idea about what it might require of me. It's been a tussle, a full body-mind-soul wrestling with what whiteness means in this context and what it means to me. There has been no comfort in this inquiry.

Host, Carole Harmon, Music and Audio Production, Gary Sill

If you are new to this series, listen to our podcast of the introduction to the series: Lisa Iversen, the editor, in conversation with Ingrid Rose.

Read more about the book: reviews, links to past online events on CAB Publishing website.
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Home and Away
Coming To Terms With Loss And Identity
P014, June 28 to July 11, 2021
Length: 31'
Host, Ingrid Rose

Mara Alper:         
What Do You Take When You Don't Know Where You're Going?
Mara discovers...it isn't a dream but a powerful ceremony.

Janice Masur:
Shalom Uganda: A Jewish Community on the Equator
Janice remembers her childhood community.

Daniela Cohen:
Hilda and Justice
Daniella asks, can a lost home ever be refound?

Carol Groumoutis:
Home is Where You Are (Greek)
Carol affirms in her poem, the Greek would never not be Greek.
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Whiteness Is Not An Ancestor
Words Can Kill
S103, June 14 to June 27, 2021
Length: 24'
Sonya Lea:
Bloodlines
A Legal Lynching and a Family's Reckoning

Sabine Olsen:
It Cannot Be Condoned
Whiteness and the Legacy of War

Host, Ingrid Rose

The hanging in 1936 of Rainey Bethea, a young black man, for the rape and murder of an elderly white woman was the last public execution in America. Sonya Lea’s family participated in this event in various ways. In her essay, Bloodlines: A Legal Lynching and a Family's Reckoning, Sonya brings this event to light through her struggle, first to know, then to understand. Sonya is a writer of memoir and fiction who has lived in both the USA and Canada. She presently lives in Banff, in the Canadian Rockies.

Sabine's essay was developed from an interview with Lisa Iversen. Sabine is a Reiki master who emigrated to Canada from Munich, a birthplace she shares with Adolf Hitler. Reflecting on the speeches and rallies which swept Hitler to power in 1930's Germany, Sabine decries the increasing use of hate speech today. She writes: ...that's how it starts, a little bit, a little bit more, it gets bolder and bolder and before you know it there's a monster you can't control. Sabine lives near Abbotsford, west of Vancouver, Canada.
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The Octopus Has
Three Hearts (short stories)
Of Rats And Men
P013, May 31 to June 13, 2021
Length: 26'
Rachel Rose: excerpt from Of Rats and Men

Interview, Ingrid Rose, Host, Carole Harmon

Rachel's stories explore cause and effect, inter-species bonding, and shine a glaring spotlight on the experience of being “other". The protagonists in her stories are individuals who have been harmed in life, who live on the margins of society. Their animal friends are creatures we also think of as other: rats for instance. Rachel is the author of poetry, prose, and now short story. She is a teacher, writing mentor and community activist who lives in Vancouver, Canada.
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Whiteness Is Not An Ancestor
Essays on Life and Lineage
by White Women
Roots Borders and Belonging
S102, May 17 to May 30, 2021
Length: 26'
Karin Konstantynowicz:
Roots Borders and Belonging

June Blue Spruce:
Warning: Whiteness May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Host, Carole Harmon

Karin Konstantynowicz and her family emigrated to Canada from Eastern Europe following World War 2. Their roots are in contested territory which has changed its name, and its overlords many times. Starting with the idea of an "invasive species", Karin muses on the nature of identity and belonging and the experiences she and her family had as new immigrants to the Canadian prairies. Karin is a teacher, crisis counsellor, broadcaster and writer who lives in Vancouver, Canada.

June Blue Spruce comes from a long line of doctors in the USA. In her essay June probes the racist roots of the AMA and prevalent racism within the medical system in America. She delves into her own conflicted history as an activist, and a gay woman working within this system. June is a reformer, health worker, and writer who lives in Seattle, USA.
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Petra
P012, May 3 to May 16, 2021
Length: 24'
Shaena Lambert: Petra (historical fiction)

Interview, Ingrid Rose, Host, Carole Harmon

Petra is a novel, not a biography of Petra Kelly. Yet, in its pages fictional and real characters are inspired by and closely follow the lives and events of that time. In 1980's Germany, NATO plans to deploy nuclear missiles which are expected to face off against those of the USSR. The Berlin Wall still stands. World War 3 seems almost inevitable. A charismatic young woman named Petra Kelly, half German, half American, inspires, charms and reasons her way to the forefront of the Peace Movement  and becomes a founding member of the German Green Party. Shaena is a fiction writer and teacher who lives in Vancouver, Canada.
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Whiteness Is Not An Ancestor
Essays on Life and Lineage
by White Women
Introduction
S101, April 19 to May 2, 2021
Length: 23'
Lisa Iversen with host Ingrid Rose
Length: 23 mins

Using the lens of inherited trauma and family history, Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor offers a hopeful, humanizing path for dismantling whiteness.

For over two decades, family constellations facilitator and therapist Lisa Iversen has been working with groups, including descendants of ancestors who have perpetrated harm or been victimized in circumstances of injustice. In this collection of essays, she brings together twelve white women who explore the role of whiteness in collective movements of immigration, colonialism, slavery, and war. Through genealogical research, family documents, and deep reflection, these writers from the US, Canada, and the UK disentangle themes of innocence, grief, race, privilege, and belonging in their families and ancestries.

Each essayist shares moving stories and anecdotes from their life, adding historical and cultural context to current conversations about white women's role in creating and sustaining whiteness.
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Finding Gold In New York
P011, April 5 to April 18, 2021
Length: 20'
Rosanna Hille: excerpts from Finding Gold in New York, read by Christina Marie Moth, a young Danish Canadian poet (memoir)

Interview Ingrid Rose, Host Carole Harmon

After raising a family, Rosanne embarked on a 20 year career working for an NGO and traveling the world helping people. Now she is returning to her early love of story and writing with a memoir about her remarkable life. Finding Gold in New York recounts Rosanna's first visit to the United Nations, and her amusing adventure in the city. Rosanna lives in Vancouver, Canada.
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The Absent Prince
P010, March 22 to April 4, 2021
Length: 22'
Una Suselli O’Connell: excerpts from The Absent Prince (memoir)

Host, Carole Harmon

Una's family memoir is based on journals and correspondence of several generations of her family. Primarily set in the twentieth century, it focuses the universal theme of war and its devastating effects on family life. One legacy of war is a cultural pattern which has arisen of men being physically absent, or emotionally unavailable, in family life, not only through actually fighting a war, but by continuing this pattern of absence through work and educational customs.

Una is an educator and writer who lives in Hertfordshire, near London, England.
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Transpoetic Imaginings
P009, March 8 to March 21, 2021
Length: 22'
Liam ‘Captain’Snowden: poetry and improvisation,
Julian Gunn: poetry and improvisation

Guest host and interviewer: Medwyn McConachy
Producer, Ingrid Rose

For Transpoetic Imaginings guest host Medwyn McConachy crafted a lively mix of improvised poetry, conversation, interview and readings to showcase the work of transgender poets Liam, "Captain" Snowdon and Julian Gunn.

Both poets, who are friends, live in Victoria, on Vancouver Island in Canada. Captain is a Somatic Sex Educator, Anti-Violence Worker, and poet. Julian is a poet and English instructor at Camosun College. Medwyn is a multi-media artist and writer who lives on Saltspring Island in Canada.
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Mothering in the Time of Covid
P008, Feb 22 to March 7, 2021
Length: 33'
Barbara Baydala: She Emerges, Woman With Kind Eyes Says Stay Home, Round the Block (poetry)
Zoe Dagneault: In Her Shoes (auto-fiction)

Host, Carole Harmon

Who are the souls entering our world at this challenging time of pandemic, global climate crisis, and social unrest? How can we nurture and raise them to face the challenges of their future?

Barbara became a grandmother six months before the Covid Pandemic was announced. In a trilogy of moving poems Barbara shares her experiences with her newborn grand-daughter. Barbara is a poet who writes from Langley, south of Vancouver, Canada.

Through her auto-fiction short story Zoe Dagneault takes us into her world of a parent who grapples with how much to reveal, and how to contextualize world events for her precocious and empathic daughter. Zoe is a writer and editor, she lives in Burnaby, Canada.
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What the Mouth Wants
Mushrooms And Memory
P007, Feb 8 to Feb 21, 2021
Length: 23'
Monica Meneghetti: reading from Mushrooms and Memory in her memoir, What The Mouth Wants: A Memoir Of Food, Love And Belonging.

Interview by Ingrid Rose, host Carole Harmon

My Mom beamed herself to me, Monica writes in Mushrooms and Memory, an excerpt from her memoir which explores the intersections of loss, memory and sensuality. Monica lost her mother at age sixteen, yet her body, alive with sensual memory, summons details her mind has buried.What the Mouth Wants (Dagger Editions, 2017) was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and tied as the Bi Book Award winner in 2017.
Monica lives, loves, writes, teaches, and translates from the Italian in Vancouver, Canada.
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The Origin of Other: A Grimm of Poems
P006, Jan 25 to Feb 7, 2021
Length: 26'
Cathie Borrie reads re-imagined fairytales from The Brothers Grimm (poetry)
Interview by Ingrid Rose

Host Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

Cathie Borrie’s re-working of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales surprise with unexpected reversals in both plot and character. Stories which terrified and informed generations of children persist in our collective unconscious and are as relevant today as they have ever been.

Cathie Borrie has a background in public health and law; she has published both memoir and poetry and lives in Vancouver, Canada.
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Reality - Perception
P005, Jan 11 to 24, 2021
Length: 35'
Julian Shilcock: Lest it Should Fall (poetry) and The Past Has Long Fingers (fiction)
Hannah Phillips: Object-Obsess-Compulse (lyric prose) and Rebellion in the Night (poetry)

Host, Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

There is an uncanny connection between the work of these two writers who have never met but whose concerns with society and mental health, and their deep grounding in science, creates a resonance. Listen in and see if you agree.

Julian Shillcock is a physicist and writer currently living and working in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Hannah Phillips, Australian by birth, is a neuro-scientist and writer currently living in Port Moody, near Vancouver, Canada.
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Rapp’n & Riff’n
P004, Dec 28, 2020 to Jan 10, 2021
Length: 19'
Jacinda, ‘Jake’ Oldale: A New Energy (poem) and Beneath the Surface (song)
Susan Dambroff and Chris Kammler: Afternoon (improv performance piece)
Sarah Knoebber: We Are Not in Danger & Rap Nap (poetry)
Carole Harmon: How Can We Attend to That Part of Us Which is Dangerous?

Host, Ingrid Rose, produced by Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

A collage of sounds and words rings in the New Year of 2021 with exuberant observations on life in chaotic times.

Jacinda Oldale, poet, songwriter and foodoula (she cooks for new mothers) lives in Burnaby, Canada. Susan Dambroff and Chris Kammler live in the Bay Area in California and often perform together. Sarah Knoebber is an artist and bodyworker who is rebuilding her house on Galiano Island off the Vancouver coast in Canada. In this program she and Carole Harmon riff off each other.
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On Being Twin
P003, Dec 14 to 27, 2020
Length: 28'
Kathryn Alexander: On Being More Than One and Less Than One, and The Wave (poetry)
Ingrid Rose: The Walk (memoir)

Host, Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

This episode features two writers with twin brothers. Each explores what it is to be a twin.
Kathryn Alexander is a poet and educator who lives in Port Moody, Canada.

Ingrid Rose, originally from London, England teaches and writes in Vancouver, Canada.
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In Honour Of
Layerting, My Elderly Child
P002, Nov 30 to Dec 13, 2020
Length: 34'
Medwyn McConachy: Layering (poetry)
Clarissa Green: In Search of My Elderly Young Girl (memoir)
Interview by Ingrid Rose

Host, Carole Harmon, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

This is a program which honours lost friends. Medwyn's poem was written after the loss of a long time partner and friend. Medwyn is a multi-media artist, witch, poet and memoirist who lives on Saltspring Island, Canada.

Clarissa passed away in the summer of 2020 following her long struggle with cancer. Friends arranged for the posthumous publication of her memoir, Grownupedness. Clarissa was a well loved writer and therapist in Vancouver, Canada.
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Writers Radio - Live Today
P001, Nov 16 to 29, 2020
Length: 18'
Barbara Baydala: All on This Depends (poetry)
Carole Harmon: Yarrow’s Offering (poetry)

Carole Harmon’s long poem, Yarrow’s Offering is read by actors from across Canada: Nancy Beatty, Barbara Parker, Colette Gagnon, Bart Robinson, David Miller, and the poet herself.

Host and introduction to Yarrow’s Offering, Ingrid Rose, Music and audio production, Gary Sill

Carole is a Canadian poet, memoirist and photographer and one of the founders and producers of Writers Radio. She lives in Halfmoon Bay, BC.

Barbara is a poet and historian who writes with wry humour from deep observation of human nature and its foibles from Langley, south of Vancouver, Canada.
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Writers Radio broadcasts the same program at the beginning of each hour for two weeks. Then that program is replaced with a new one and the previous program appears here in the podcasts library.

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