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     Stellar Literary Festival MC'd by David H. Hooker

David has been a professional speaker for 35 years and has visited over 30 countries, where his presentations have been translated into many languages. He has talked to tens of thousands of Entrepreneurs and Business people from around the world about the “Keys” to becoming successful in an ever competitive world where “Attitude and Service Is King”.

As Host of Rogers Television successful reality TV show, “Mind Your Own Business” his name as well as his humour have become an integral element within the entrepreneurial world.

He has appeared on Television talk shows and radio phone-ins sharing his challenging and sometimes controversial views, and as a result of his much talked about book “Back To The Womb & Out Again – with DOGASH” he was invited to work for 12 months in India working with people from all walks of life, an experience he says that changed his attitude to life and business forever

       David H. Hooker



           www.dogash.com

 

 

Festival Special Guest - Opening the Festival 11 a.m. Sharp!

Lynn Phillip Hodgson, Canadian Best Seller Author

Lynn has graciously adjusted his schedule to be with and open the Stellar Literary Festival.
Thank you Lynn!   He will give brief talk and address the obstacles he faced and dealt with
when writing his Camp X book.  Lynn will be available to sign any of his  books  till 11:45 a.m.  
The rest of the day, Lynn is schedule for Camp X Tours and at Camp X Museum.
 

Lynn Phillip Hodgson, Camp X Author, Will be a Special Guest beginning the Stellar Literary Festival Celebrations!

Lynn Philip Hodgson has dedicated half of his life to uncovering the most detailed secrets of Camp-X.

On March 7th 2005, Lynn won the "Lifetime Achievement Award" for 2004. This award is issued by the Ontario Heritage Foundation and reads as follows:
                          "Presented to: Lynn Philip Hodgson
           In appreciation of a lifetime of volunteer work to identify,
           preserve, protect and promote our province's rich heritage."
           Signed:          The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander,
                          Chairman Ontario Heritage Foundation - 2004

Lynn is also Canadian Associate Editor of 'Eye Spy Magazine'; a magazine dealing with intelligence activities and read in thirty-nine countries.  http://www.eyespymag.com/consultants.htm 

Lynn has succeeded in giving Canadians a realization of their wonderful heritage and history.

He is also an elected Municipal Councillor for Ward 3 in Scugog Township and is Chair of the Works Committee.

 

 

 


Play Writer / Director / Actor

Michael
Khashmanian
He will demonstrate  a 'raw' play and demonstrate to the audience how it all comes together.
Sure to catch everyone's interest.   Sorry, Reality TV, ONLY in Durham Region. :-)


 

Michael Khashmanian
Play writer & Director / Actor

Michael Khashmanian has recently rekindled his love of writing over the past year
completing a few short stories and poems. He has written the lyrics for five songs, one of
which was performed by 'Rising' at St. Mark's United Church in Dec. He has just completed the play "Dial 'M' for Music" which was performed on Feb.2 2006.

He has written & directed and acted in May 2007, a comedy play Where's the Minister?
with great reviews. Currently he is directing a play plus is an actor in another one.

 


 

 

 

Poets & Poetry Groups




 

Featured Poet Laureate
of the City of Brantford
John B. Lee, Featured Poet Laureate, Stellar Liteary Festival








 

John B. Lee
John B. Lee is the recipient of over 60 prestigious international awards in poetry. The most recent of his nearly 50 published books include How Beautiful We Are, winner of the 2006 Orion Souwesto Award; and Godspeed.

Both books were published in 2006 by Black Moss Press. He was recently named winner of the Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem Award (Descant magazine). He lives with his wife Cathy in Brantford where he was named Poet Laureate of Brantford in perpetuity in 2005. His work has been translated into Spanish, Korean, French and Chinese.

His poetry, which has appeared in over 500 publications, has earned Lee many grants and awards, most significant of which have been the CBC Tilden Award and the People’s Poetry Award (twice). He has also written children’s books, plays, short stories, reviews, a writer’s guide, and memoirs, and has edited numerous anthologies of poetry, including Smaller than God. In addition to writing and editing, Lee was writer-in-residence at Kitchener Public Library in 2001 and has given many public readings of his work and facilitated poetry workshops for school children.

In the winter of 2007, he participated in CCLA events organized and hosted in Havana, Cuba. Twice featured in The Ambassador, his work has appeared internationally in over 500 publications.
 

Featured Poet
Stellar Featured Poet, Allan Briestmaster

Allan Briesmaster
Allan is, among other things, a freelance editor, a readings organizer, and a partner in Quattro Books publishers (www.quattrobooks.ca). He also has his own micro press, Aeolus House (www.aeolushouse.com).

His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and he has read his work to audiences from Halifax to Victoria. He lives in Thornhill ON.

 His ninth collection of poetry, Interstellar, which came out this Spring, reflects his ongoing interests in environmental matters, the impact of media and the arts, and a lifelong fascination with science – especially astronomy and cosmology. 











 

 

Poets / Singers
 


Poet / Singer / Songwriter

Honey Novick, Poet, Singer, Songwriter, Musician


Sang for
:
Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau
Toronto Mayor David Miller
 

Honey Novick
Honey is a singer/songwriter/voice teacher/poet who lives in Toronto.  For the Luminato Festival, Summer of Love Project Gallery of memories, she was named "Poet Laureate", for creating the "Yorkville Memories" poem, an honour she still finds both humbling and dizzying. 


Wrote music for:
          Anthems for Canada-Cuba Friendship Day (6 years in a row)
                  for municipal and federal Canadian governments
          Composer for TVO campaign song "Way to Go TVO"
Awards: CAPAC (Composers, Authors, Publishers Association of Canada)
               7 years in a row.
       Yamaha Classical Music Competition (vocals), Tokyo, Japan
        Ben and Hilda Katz Foundation: Ossington Institute; Opportune Productions

Nominee:
Nominated for Peace Ambassador
Women Who Make A Difference
Women of Distinction

 

 


 

 


Richard Grove, President of Canada Cuba Literary Alliance
Mr. Grove will be speaking about his February 2007 Cuban trip with his delegates
and what the CCLA is all about and accomplishes. 

Richard Grove: Coordinate & Lead CCLA Members Group Reading
 

Poet, Publisher &            
                  so much more!

Richard Grove, Poet, Publisher - Coordinate & Lead the CCLA Member Group Reading

Richard M. Grove
He is an editor and publisher and runs a growing publishing company called Hidden Brook Press from which he publishes poetry contest anthologies and books of every genre for authors around the world.

Richard is the founder of the Canadian Poet Registry. He was an active member of the Canadian Poetry Association for ten years serving on the executive for seven years including five as President.  He is the founding president of both the CCLA (2004) – Canada Cuba Literary Alliance - CCLA Federation of Photographers (2006).   He is the founding president of the Brighton Arts Council and the co-founder of the Purdy Country Literary Festival & CCLA Art & Lit Fest. Aug 5th 2007

He has been invited by a number of literary groups as Feature Speaker on various topics in Cuba, Germany, USA, New Zealand and Canada.  He was also the Feature Author as publisher/poet in the October 1998 issue of “The Treasure Chest” published out of Virginia, USA and Feature Poet in “Poetry Canada” in 2004.   
Richard will also be speaking about
Publishing & answering questions.
 

CCLA Readers ( list may not be complete)
Anyone that joins the CCLA at the Stellar Literary Festival may be invited to read with the group.
Please let the person know as you sign-up. Thanks!


Richard Grove
Allan Briesmaster
John B. Lee

 

More to
be Added!

 


Kim Grove
Graham Ducker
Stella Ducker

 



The Ontario Poetry Society - Oshawa Branch
 

The Oshawa Branch of TOPS (The Ontario Poetry Society)
 headed by Graham Ducker, as Branch Manager,
was established to give new and emerging poets a venue to share their poetry & readings, encourage one another and see that they are not the 'only one' in Durham Region as so many felt they were.  So, a Poetry Venue was established EAST of
Toronto!  They have to progressed to poetry contest, being published poets etc.
                                       
                                        TOPS  Festival Readers
Graham Ducker
Phil Doherty
 
Mike Khashmanian
Stella Ducker



 

 

Story Teller / Singer / Songwriter & Musician
 


Heather Whaley
Teams with harpist and musician Kim Michele to present Summer Seas & Memories
Through the art-form of oral storytelling Heather & Kim interweave the cadence of their voices with melodies of guitar,
harp &, mandolin to tell a heartfelt tale of combined memories reflecting on their roots and families. They will sweep you
across and through rhythmic waves of tradition, contemporary life, and take you to your own special place of memory.
 

Story Teller / Singer / Musician &
Songwriter



 

 

 

 


Heather is a versatile singer/songwriter & storyteller who brings both traditional tales and her own stories to life by interspersing the narrative with rhyme, chant and song.

She performs in schools, in concert, and conducts workshops throughout the GTA and beyond, for children and adults. Her interactive Multicultural storytelling and musical programs are popular with children and families. Adult audiences delight in her unique presentations of original contemporary, folk and blues music with personal tales that are profound or humourous. She especially enjoys performing her ‘Singin’ the Blues’ in story concert to ‘grown-up’ audiences where she invites other musicians to join her.

She does Musical Story & Song Theatre shows for adults, youth, and older children and presents adult Halloween House Concerts with poet, storyteller James Broad. Her Family Album: A Bit of This & That And a Snap, Clap, Tap. A Collection of Stories and Songs (2 cd's) focuses on literacy. I Eat Borscht, I Eat Kippers…is included in Signatures, the Writer’s Circle of Durham Region’s first anthology.

Although she has not won any concrete awards, she has won the hearts of thousands of listeners in Canada and the US through performances and regular sales of her tunes through online emusic sites.
 
 

Kim Michele
Teams with Heather Whaley to present Summer Seas & Memories

Kim appears solo as well as duo with other performers in various productions within the Greater Toronto
Area and Ontario. She collaborates “Musical Story and Song Theatre” with singer/songwriter and
storyteller Heather Whaley.

Kim Michele, Performer/Writer
Harp-Mandolin –Vocalist

Kim Michele, Performer / Writer/ Harp-Mandolin & vocalist.

Watch for a special solo performance


 


A musical troubadour Kim plays both the ancient Celtic Harp traced over one thousand years as well as the Lyon and Healy classical Harp. She performs period music ranging from celtic to classical, early music to renaissance and traditional to contemporary, combining her talents on harp, and mandolin performance blending her instruments and voice with song.

Kim appears solo as well as duo with other performers in various productions within the Greater Toronto Area and Ontario. She collaborates “Musical Story and Song Theatre” with singer/songwriter and storyteller Heather Whaley.

She has worked as a background vocalist and mandolin musician for studio sessions at Steve Sherman Productions, Toronto , Ont.

Kim played a principal role as an actress/singer for the play called “The Elfin Knight”, Cliffhanger Productions, and she orchestrated all the vocals and harp music in this forty-five show production at the historic Guild Inn Toronto Ont.

She writes monthly articles about harp history for the “Folk Harp Society Journal” where she is on the executive board, and publishes articles and her own poetry in “Acoustic Café Magazine’.

She plays professionally for places such as Ontario Renaissance Festivals, Durham Regional Arts, Studio and Garden Tours, Toronto’s Casa Loma, Royal Ontario Museum, Early Music Festival, Highland Games, and other cultural events.


 

 

Speakers
 



Featured Speaker

Sharon Lawrence

  Sharon Lawrence will speak about the works of her husband, R.D. Lawrence, field biologist, journalist, naturalist and award winning author. RD Lawrence wrote more than 30 books during more than 50 years observing nature in Canada’s wilderness.
The Literary Estate of R.D. Lawrence was donated to the Minden Hills Cultural Centre in 2006.
In April 2007 construction began on a home for this collection, R.D. Lawrence Place.
 
 


Sharon Lawrence, wife of the late R. D. Lawrence,
spoke about her husband, his life and his works,
at the HHWEN AGM on July 7, 2007.
Stella Ducker (from Oshawa) chats with her, ,while
Mrs. Lawrence is  inscribing a  copy of the anthology
for her.

     The Stellar Literary Festival is proud
     and pleased that Mrs. Lawrence will
     exhibit R. D. Lawrence's works and is
     the Featured Speaker  at the festival!


Sharon Lawrence:
is a retired teacher, who attended the
University of Guelph  and the Ontario College of Art. She taught in Toronto and  in the Yukon Territory. She is a specialist in Early Childhood Education, Household Science and The Arts.

She married R.D. Lawrence in 1973. They bought a large property in the Haliburton  Highlands,  and in 1984, after they had rescued two wolf pups Tundar and Taiga, their property Wolf Hollow became a sanctuary and wildlife rehabilitation centre , where they raised and released hundreds of injured and orphaned wildlife, including eleven wolves, a cougar, foxes, raccoons, mink, beavers, porcupines, skunks, and a plethora of other two and four legged visitors.

Sharon and R.D. ran  the sanctuary together, and continued to research and document the activities at Wolf Hollow.

Sharon also  proof-read , edited , illustrated and photographed for the books and articles that R. D. Lawrence wrote at that time.

 


 

Featured Speaker
Dorothea Helms aka  The Writing Fairy

"The Four-Letter Word for Success"
Let The Writing Fairy inspire you!
 

Dorothea Helms
AKA The Writing Fairy
Dorothea Helps, The Writing Fairy - works her magic and everyone can write!

Dorothea Helms, a.k.a. The Writing Fairy, is an award-winning, internationally published writer who is also a popular writing instructor. On May 28, 2005, she was presented with the first-ever Barbara Novak Award For Excellence in Humour and/or Personal Essay Writing from the Periodical Writers Association of Canada. The award was for her personal essay on teaching writing that appeared in The Globe and Mail in 2003. In June, 2005, she tied for first place in the non-fiction category of the Haliburton Highlands Writers’ and Editors’ Network and The Agnes Jamieson Gallery 3rd Annual Writing Contest.

 

Dorothea’s work has appeared in publications such as The Globe and Mail, Homemakers, Chatelaine, Scarlettlichen literary magazine, Stitches the Journal of Medical Humour, Popular Woodworking, Woodworker and Big Buck. She was featured on CBC Radio’s “First Person Singular” twice, and is contributing editor for several Metroland special sections in the Greater Toronto Area. She is also working on a best-selling novel that you’ll be sure to want to read someday because you’ll be blown away by the ending. So will she if she ever finishes the book. Dorothea owns the communications firm Write Stuff Writing Services. In 2004 she started a second freelance business, The Writing Fairy, which involves a series of books, workshops and courses designed to coax closet writers to emerge and make their magic known.

 

In case you think she’s a flake, she graduated from the University of Toronto in 1987 with a B.A. in Psychology, and was nominated in 2001 for a Rotman Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award. This Fairy knows how to make money!

 

 

Richard Grove, President Hidden Brook Press
Mr. Grove will be speaking and answering your questions on the subject
we all want to know but find so confusing, publishing.

You may forward an e-mail with your question and Mr. Grove may choose
your e-mails to answer at the Stellar Literary Festival.
     r.grove.publisher@stellarliteraryfestival.com 

 

Poet, Publisher &            
                  so much more!

Richard Grove, Poet, Publisher - Will speak about Publishing answering your questions and clearing up the maze!



 

Richard M. Grove
He is an editor and publisher and runs a growing publishing company called Hidden Brook Press from which he publishes poetry contest anthologies and books of every genre for authors around the world.

Richard is the founder of the Canadian Poet Registry. He was an active member of the Canadian Poetry Association for ten years serving on the executive for seven years including five as President.  He is the founding president of both the CCLA (2004) – Canada Cuba Literary Alliance - CCLA Federation of Photographers (2006).   He is the founding president of the Brighton Arts Council and the co-founder of the Purdy Country Literary Festival & CCLA Art & Lit Fest. Aug 5th 2007

He has been invited by a number of literary groups as Feature Speaker on various topics in Cuba, Germany, USA, New Zealand and Canada.  He was also the Feature Author as publisher/poet in the October 1998 issue of “The Treasure Chest” published out of Virginia, USA and Feature Poet in “Poetry Canada” in 2004.

Richard will also be coordinating the CCLA readings.

Speaker
Tim Simms will be speaking about the world of comics
and how it is a stepping stone to literacy.


Tim Simms
Tim has been selling comics and graphic novels in Durham Region for nearly 25
years. He has been reading comic books since 1962. He spends considerable
time visiting schools and speaking to kids and parents about comics & graphic
novels as a stepping stone to literacy and a unique and expressive art form in its
own right. Through his store, Worlds Collide, Tim has been supplying the Oshawa libraries with graphic novels for over 13 years. Tim has also spoken to numerous educators about the value of comic books and graphic novels as literary aids in
the classroom.

 


 


Authors / Speaker
 

Brian Peters, Author

Brian Peters is a local author from Blackstock, Ontario,  who has enjoyed the art of writing for the past several years. Born into a Canadian military family, His love of aviation led him to the Air Cadets where he earned his glider pilot’s license and his passion for flight took off. As a young adult, Brian began reading high-speed novels by authors Tom Clancy, Stephen Coonts and Craig Thomas who eventually became the inspiration for launching Brian’s writing career.

Brian has had several short stories published including the creative non-fiction account “Measure of Family” by “Another Toronto Quarterly” and “The Surveyor” published in
the February 2007  issue of “Career Choices”. Also, the poignant short story “Saint Mary”, received an “Honorable Mention” in a nation-wide writing contest.

Brian’s passion for writing and aviation lead him to combine both into his first fictional novel called “Hypersonic”. In Hypersonic, Brian builds plot, character, and tension, right up to
the last page.

Hypersonic” is now available at Books Galore and Willow Books in Port Perry as well as Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge. It can also be purchased online through www.amazon.com and directly from the author.




 


 

 


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