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

Author of Camp X series Specail Guest of Stellar Literary Festival

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


Lynn Phillip Hodgson, Canadian Best Seller Author
Lynn will be available to sign any of his  books 


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

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


Al Nichols, TV Host

Al Nichols, MC for the 2nd Stellar Literary Festival
 

MC   Al Nichols


Born and raised in the city of Oshawa, Al is a graduate of York and Niagara Universities and retired teacher.  Having had experience in film, radio and regional theatre, Al turned his attention to volunteering at Rogers TV, where he hosted his own program, LIFETIME DURHAM.   There he was able to highlight many local artists in the literary world.  His participation here at the Second Annual STELLAR LITERARY FESTIVAL shows his continued support of creative individuals and their endeavours. 

Congratulations to Stella Ducker and her industrious crew in providing a venue for talent in our community.

 
 

Chester Stocki - Videographer - Video-Pro-Motion.com
Chester Stocki
being interviewed on Rogers TV

Festival Videographer - Chester Stocki
Video-Pro-Motion

Featured on Hollywood.com

The videographer for the Stellar Literary Festival


 


Chester Stocki's 1971 First Independed Movie on record - The Proud Rider

Chester Stocki, Co-founder & Vice President of FAMEd

Chester is on record as being the first independent film produced
"The Proud Rider"
           Chester Stocki: Director / 1971 / Released / CFP Distribution
           Chester Stocki: Screenplay / 1971 / Released / CFP Distribution

Chester is very active promoting the film industry
and the music community in the Durham Region / GTA.

Chester creates real estates commercials for sale of residential
homes & commercial buildings. He also produces music videos
and short movies.

www.famed.ca           www.Video-Pro-Motion.com
 

 


Confirmed to Date

 

 


Featured Songwriter
 

 
 

Cover of his lst CD
Andrew James CD Cover - click to enlarge

Andrew James, Songwriter / Musician

Andrew has been writing music and playing his guitar, harmonica and piano since the age of 10, “ever since I can remember I have been writing melodies in my head”.

He wrote a song for the 2000 Ontario Olympic Summer Games that was part of a documentary played on Rogers Television throughout Ontario.

His main love is to write songs and perform them in front of live audiences.

Presently, he is busy working on his second cd and is hoping to complete it by the end of the year.
 


Featured Speaker
John B. Lee, Poet Laureate
Topic:  Writing Poetry

  Featured Speaker
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& 2008 , he participated in CCLA events organized and hosted Cuba, including holding a workshop. Twice featured in The Ambassador, his work has appeared internationally in over 500 publications.
 


Featured Poet
R. D. Roy

 

R. D. Roy, Featured Poet

R. D. Roy, Poet



 

R.D. Roy is originally from Montreal. His Anglo/Francophone heritage and working class background are often reflected in his writing.

He's published two collections of short stories, The Colours Found in Bruises, (Panegyric Press) and a short novel, A Pre-emptive Kindness, (Hidden Brook Press). His work has appeared in several anthologies and Montreal’s Matrix magazine. Roy's first book of poetry, Three Cities, was released by Hidden Brook Press in 2008.

Roy was a feature reader at the International Book Fair in Havana (2007, 2008), the Al Purdy People's Poetry festival, 2007, Hot Sauced Words, Toronto (2008), and with Toronto's DUB poetry collective (2006, 2007).- He is the "Official House Poet" to the Organic Underground Restaurant in Belleville, and a member of The League of Canadian Poets, PEN Canada, and the Canada-Cuba Literary Alliance. Roy is a contributing editor to the CCLA's quarterly, The Ambassador.

He is currently working on the Street Health Centre's Writers' Anthology. A collaborative collection of poems that examine " Life & Death in Cheap Motels" will be released some time in the future by Roy and Kingston writer/poet Jen Londry

 

Featured Speaker / Author
Rozena Maart

  Rozena Maart, Featured Speaker
Dr.
Rozena Maart is a writer, professor and a trained psychoanalyst, currently living in Canada. She has been recognized for her writing, and for her work opposing apartheid and violence against women. She has lectured throughout Canada and the United States.
In 1987 when she was 24, Rozena was nominated for the “Woman of the Year” award hosted in Johannesburg, for her work opposing violence against women and for starting,
with four women, the first Black feminist organization in Cape Town, Women Against Repression (WAR).

She moved to Canada in 1989 and published her first book of poetry in 1990, Talk About It!. She won the Journey Prize in 1992 for her short story "No Rosa, No District Six",
which later appeared in her debut short story collection Rosa's District Six. She is the
author of several books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and novels, most recently the novel The Writing Circle, published in  December 2007 by TSAR Publishers in Toronto
and SHUTER Publishers in South Africa in May 2008.  The Writing Circle is being made into a feature film in South Africa.

 


Featured Singing Poet
 

 

Honey Novick, Singer/ Songwriter "Singing Poet"

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

 
 


POETS

 

 
  Domenicao Capilongo, Poet reading from his "I thought Elvis was Italian"

 

Domenico Capilongo

Domenico Capilongo's writing has appeared in publications abroad and in Canadian literary journals including, The New Quarterly, Filling Station, Descant, and Acta Victoriana. In 2006 he was short-listed for Lichen Literary Journal's “Tracking A Serial Poet” contest and he received an honourable mention in the Toronto Star's 2004 Poetry Contest. Capilongo lived in Vancouver and Swift Current before finally settling in Toronto.

He teaches high school creative writing and alternative education. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies in Canada and abroad. In 2004, he won Honourable Mention in The Toronto Star Poetry Contest and his work has been nominated for The Journey Prize. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

His first collection of poetry, I thought Elvis was Italian, was published by Wolsak and Wynn in April 2008.
 
       


Canadian Authors Association - Toronto Branch
 

Flavia Cosma  Flavia Cosma
Flavia Cosma is an acclaimed poet who publishes work in Romanian, and in English translated from the Romanian. She has more than 20 books to her credit.

Flavia's  latest literary accomplishment:
      Sexto Certamen Internacional de Poesia 2008 "La Lectora Impatiente" -  
      Shortlisted in the 6th Poetry Competition with the poem Danza

      Third Prize in the John Dryden Translation Competition 2007,
      for the translation of In The Arms of The Father, poems by Flavia Cosma

Liisa Hypponen

Liisa Hypponen

Liisa is a Toronto native of Finnish descent, works at honing her writing craft which includes taking several on-line poetry and short story courses as well as her current enrolment in Ryerson University’s Magazine Publishing Certificate Program. Liisa has been published in Reader’s Digest’s, Life’s Like That, the Toronto Star’s, Your Home Section and the CAA Toronto Branch Anthology, Stumbling through Darkness. Liisa currently serves on the executive of the CAA Toronto Branch and is an avid booster of its motto: “Writers Helping Writers.”

Bianca Lakoseljac

Bianca Lakoseljac
Bianca (Queed) Lakoseljac is an author, an educator, an environmentalist, a mother and wife, and a lover of arts and all creative endeavours. She is a Masters of Arts graduate of York University and the recipient of the 1995 Matthew Ahern Memorial Award in Literature. She is president for the Canadian Authors Association, Toronto Branch and served on a panel of contest judges for the 2008 Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest. Since 1995 Bianca has taught communication courses at Ryerson University and Humber College in Toronto. She has placed her teaching career aside to pursue writing. Her short stories and poems have been published in a number of anthologies.
Bianca has just completed her first novel, The Summer of the Dancing Bear, which chronicles the “rite of passage” of a fourteen-year old girl befriended by a Gypsy clan and is set in the former Yugoslavia. She is also working on a sequel to her novel and two short novels set in present day Toronto.




 
Maria Pia Marchelletta
         Maria studied both Italian and French literature and grammar at the University of Toronto.Here she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the Faculty of Education. She has taught French and Italian at both the elementary and secondary levels since 1978.
         Her passions include reading, and writing English, Italian and French poetry, short stories and essays. She belongs to various poetry associations: The Ontario Poetry Society, Canadian Authors Association, Vaughan Poet’s Circle, The Association of Italian-Canadian Writers, Canadian Federation of Poets, Poetry Ireland, the League of Canadian Poets, and Toastmasters International where she has shared her poetry.
         Most recent publications include The Poet Band Company of Pennsylvania, The Ontario Poetry Society, Brindin Press, Tertulia Magazine and the Canadian Federation of Poets. She published her first chapbook entitled, "Nocturnal Laments."

Jennifer Payne
Mary Jennifer Payne is a Toronto-based author, freelance writer/editor, teacher and social activist. She is a graduate of Queen's University (Canada) and holds a Master of Arts degree in Public History from the University of Western Ontario. Her writing has been published in journals, anthologies and literary magazines in both Canada and the UK.
Jennifer has written and edited a wide variety of material, including: short stories, articles, educational material, novels and manuals. She’s the author of several graphic stories for young people including Lion of Africa, a graphic text about the life of Nelson Mandela. Jennifer is currently finishing her first full-length novel for young adults, Crippled Pigeons, for which she received a grant from the Toronto Arts Council.

Mel Sarnese

Mel Sarnese
Mel is a Toronto poet published in literary journals such as Labour of Love and Qulls. Her work has been broadcast on the CBC Radio and TVOntario.
She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, The Ontario Poetry Society. the Writers and Editors Network, a professional member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, the Federation of Canadian Poets and the Association of Italian Canadian Writers. Mel has edited the anthology, the Poetry of Relationships (FCP) and has published a chapbook, 'Leper's Cave' (Beret Days Press).
She has performed her own poetry at The Bowery Poetry Cafe in NYC and has featured at Clinton's Art Bar Poetry Series.
Mel is an executive member of the Canadian Authors Association.
 


Poetry Groups



Canada Cuba Literary Alliance
Anyone that joins the CCLA at the 2nd Stellar Literary Festival may be invited to read with the group.
Please let the person know as you sign-up.  Thanks!
Richard will also be speaking about
Publishing & answering questionsNow's your chance!

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




 

Richard Grove: Coordinate & Lead CCLA Members Group Reading


Richard Grove 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. 

                                          CCLA Member Readers  
 
Stella Ducker
Graham Ducker
R.D. Roy
Kim Grove
Deborah Panko
  Richard Grove
Donna Langavin
John B. Lee
Shane Joseph
 

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.
There will be a special book launch by this publisher at the Stellar Literary Festival!
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 

 


 

Canada Federation of Poets

George Arnold, Canada Federation of Poets, National Co-ordinator, Leading the CFP readings

 


George Arnold,
CFP National Co-coordinator
CFP Oakville Chair
Vice President Oakville Arts Council

George Arnold never dreamed of writing poetry as anything more than a passing fancy
during his BC high school years. He stopped writing after school and finally picked up the muse again some 25 years later. Now, George is the Canadian Federation of Poets’
National Co-ordinator and the local Chair for the Oakville chapter of the CFP. In the 4
years since he returned to writing he has won two CFP Poet of the year awards and compiled over 300 poems. He is the proud step-father of two beautiful young ladies and adores his wife and soul mate Roz.
 
 

 

George Arnold will lead the member readings. 
CFP Readers:

 
 

Debbie Ouellet
Debbie Ouellet lives in Loretto, Ontario. Her work has been published in The Writers Journal, Poetry Canada, Scholastic Academic Publishing, Azimov’s, Cicada, About.Com Poetry Winter Anthology, various anthologies, Cricket, Chirp, and chickaDEE Magazines, and in the children’s book, Animals on Parade. Her first children’s book, How Robin Saved Spring, is scheduled for release in spring 2009.
 
 

Cheryl Antao-Xavier - Poet, reading at the Stellar Literary Festival

Cheryl Antao-Xavier
Cheryl Antao-Xavier has been writing poetry for over 20 years and her poems have been published in anthologies and literary magazines. In May 2008, her first book, a collection of poems written over these years was published through her publishing company, In Our Words. Cheryl’s poems are vignettes of the human experience that capture the trials and angst of people in transition and women in subjugation. Cheryl is the chair of the Peel region branch of the Canadian Federation of Poets and a member of The Ontario Poetry Society and the Mississauga Arts Council.
 
 

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James R. Quinn
James Quinn is an author, poet, and musician.  He has authored and independently published his book titled “TRANSPARENT”- The Personal sentiments of one man’s reality. It is a 168 page collection of poems, narratives & essays. Over the past year, (while on a sabbatical), James
wrote writing a number of unpublished works including: A Journey to Haiku, Prayer, A Requiem, The Myth of Human Being, In Recognition, When I’m Alone, and The Innercity.n a James’ book The Myth of Human Being, was reviewed by Michael Collier, a poetry reviewer "an earnest and ambitious collection of philosophical poems"
 
 

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Joanna Gale
Joanna Gale chose her nom de plume by rearranging her original names as a different way to represent her individuality. She is a member of both The Ontario Poetry Society and The Canadian Federation of Poets. Her first chapbook, Workshop Sketches, was published in 2007 by Beret Days Press. She has been published online and in a variety of newsletters, chapbooks, and anthologies. She was a runner-up in The Utmost Christian Poets Contest in 2005, and most recently placed 4th in a contest with Ascent Aspirations and will be published in their Spring Anthology. She is a regular contributor to the art/poetry program at the Burlington Arts Centre, and guest poet at The Poetry Cafe in Oakville. She likes to write poetry that has a healing quality.

 
 

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Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews

Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews was born in Italy and emigrated to Canada at the age of 13. She studied Italian and French Literature and has taught in both languages for many years. Currently she is pursuing a Masters Degree in Italian Literature.
Josie's passions are reading and writing, especially poetry. Her poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies and she has won several prizes for her work in both English and Italian. Her poetry in Italian won the Jury Prize at the Ottawa Italian Week Literary Contest in 2004, 2005 and 2006. She won first prize in the free verse competition of the Ontario Poetry Society's 2006 Winsome Words Anthology and won first prize in the 2008 Arborealis Prize for Poetry.
Her non-fiction book "How the Italians Created Canada" was released in February 2008. The work highlights the major, yet often unacknowledged contributions of Italian immigrants to Canada's historical, social and cultural fabric.
 
 
 

Tony Valuch


Tony Valuch is from Toronto, Canada. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature and Education. His poetry is concerned with the natural world, man’s inner nature, societal grievances, and rites of passage. He has had his poetry published in magazines and journals in both South Korea and Canada, and published his first book BLOODRUSHES in 2005. He does poetry readings in Southern Ontario and recently completed his next book called A FLEETING GLIMPSE OF MAPLE.

 

Playwright
 

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

Play Demo by Michael Khashmanian at the Stellar Literary Festival

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.
 

Story Tellers
Back by Popular Demand


 


Story Teller / Singer / Songwriter & Musician

Love Voices in the Wind
Love is kind. Love is cruel. Love is real.
Heather and Kim will take your emotions to task
with a musical, poetic journey of story and song.
 

 

 

Heather Whaley
Story Teller / Singer / Musician & Songwriter

 

Heather Whaley Performs at the 2nd Annual Stellar Literary Festival

 

 

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 song and playing the guitar.

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. 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. Her newer albums are featured on her web site.

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
Performer/Writer - Harp-Mandolin –Vocalist

 

Kim Michele Performs for the 2nd Annual Stellar Literary Festival

 

 

 

 

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.


 

Book Launch
Karen Cole, MC
 




Book Launch - Wisdom of Old Souls at the Stellar Literary Festival

Editor - Bonita Summers 
Published by
view TV interview - video 
 Hidden Brook Press































































 

The Wisdom of Old Souls - Anthology
 

Wisdom of Old Souls has been featured on CHEX Channel 12 - Durham
during the hour interview with Stella Ducker, Festival Producer,& Graham Ducker, co-founder of the Stellar Literary Festival Sept 22 2008
 
See TV interview with Publisher and Editor
http://www.stellarliteraryfestival.com/hiddenbrookpress.htm


“The Wisdom of Old Souls” is a diverse collection of short stories and poetry celebrating grandmothers and honouring their personal histories, aspirations, and accomplishments. Readers will relate on many levels to these timeless tales of women whose influence lives on in the hearts of their children and grandchildren.


Karen L. Cole, MC

Karen L. Cole is a retired English and drama teacher whose career spanned three
decades and three countries. Karen’s memoir of her life in the convent, Lifting the
Veil, is awaiting publication. She is currently writing a novel based on her years in
Jamaica. Karen has also published a number of articles on topics ranging from
gardening to literature, two of her favourite pastimes.


Bonita Summers, Editor of Wisdom of Old Souls

Bonita Summers has recently left her position as an administrator of Queen’s
University to pursue the dual careers of writer and Therapeutic Touch™
practitioner. She is the author of Woman with the Flying Mind, an autobiographical
collection of poems, the sales of which raised $1000 for Kingston
Interval House, a refuge for abused women and children in Kingston.
Bonita’s poem, Belly Love, is awaiting publication in an upcoming Canadian
Federation of Poets anthology on childbirth. Currently, she is preparing her
next book, Digging Up the Bones, for Hidden Brook Press’ North Shore
Series, and in the quiet hours of the night, working on a novel.


List of readers

Karen L. Cole

Karen L. Cole is a retired English and drama teacher whose career spanned three
decades and three countries. Karen’s memoir of her life in the convent, Lifting the
Veil, is awaiting publication. She is currently writing a novel based on her years in
Jamaica. Karen has also published a number of articles on topics ranging from
gardening to literature, two of her favourite pastimes.

Ellen Curry

Married for 52 years, Ellen and her husband have 2 sons and a daughter, 7
grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Ellen has published two children’s books,
a number of short stories in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, and a booklet
on aging. Her grandmother still walks beside her.

Ann Peacock

Ann Peacock is an Oshawa resident who is pursuing her lifelong interest in writing. She has a passion for poetry. Her dream is to die at age 100 in the middle of creating a poem. Ann would like her epitaph to read, " An Artist with Words".
J. Graham Ducker

Mr. Ducker's is a published author & poet. His latest publication is a book of poetry, Observations of Heart and Mind.
Mr. Ducker has had many poems and short stories published in Canadian and international magazines. A first prize winner  in the Lichen Arts and Letters Preview ‘Writing Between The Lines’ Contest.
Graham Ducker read one of his two submissions from his book Don’t Wake The Teacher! and was presented the Mariposa Writers' Group Certificate of Appreciation for his Outstanding Contribution as a Summer Reader.
His other reading for the Mariposa Writers' Group  Short Story Competition, was presented as  First Place winner for his short story, Life in a Leaf at the Leacock Museum during the Lake Country Literary Lapses.

Kathleen M. Martin

Kathleen expresses her thoughts and feelings best through the written word.
Kathleen’s published works are Time of Trial: Beyond the Terror of 9/11,
Signatures, I Lost Me and The Bathhouse, in print and as a reading on CBC.

Upon retirement, Kathleen took writing more seriously. Winning a membership in
the Writers’ Circle of Durham Region invested Kathleen with a wealth of knowledge.
Over the past 8 years, she has served on the Board; attended retreats; participated in
courses for Freefall Writing and met regularly with other published authors.
Kathleen’s manuscript of fictional stories entitled Keeping the Peace is now
complete. Kathleen believes she inherited her granny’s most influential trait, that of
character building.

Ruth Zaryski Jackson

Ruth Zaryski Jackson writes memoir and is working on a book in an on-line memoir writing class. A career in research, teaching, and heritage planning honed her writing skills. Now she digs and sifts through layers of immigrant history for treasures to illuminate her stories and that of previous generations.


 

 
 

Exhibitors & Displays
                       There will be displays and exhibitors with their books


Books signings, photo and interviews opportunities with speakers, performers, readers

 

 








 




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