Merrickville’s Got Talent


by Michael Whittaker

There is a rich literary talent pool in Merrickville-Wolford. A panel presentation by seven authors and poets will introduce the audience to samples of their published novels, histories, and verse, on Sunday, August 19, at 2 pm in the Merrickville’s Royal Canadian Legion.

The writers have books in Merrickville shops, and the public library; Laurie Carter, Bruce Kemp, Lesley Strutt, Claire Smith, Victor Suthren, and Michael Whittaker. Emerging poet Charles Merredew is attending. Others have sent their regrets.

Laurie Carter is completing the final volume of her biographical travel trilogy, “Emily Carr’s BC.” She is looking forward to the paperback launch of her Taylor Kerrick Mystery series. The “Ivory Express” is slated for release in November, followed by “Bear” in spring 2019.

Bruce Kemp is an award-winning photojournalist and writer; his work appears in Canadian and international publications. Bruce is working on his sixth book. He will present from “Letters From A Fugitive’s Son,” and “Weather Bomb 1913: Life and Death on the Great Lakes.”

Claire Smith’s memoir, “Falling into Now”, was released in October, 2017. Claire has authored several articles in scholarly journals, and has spoken at many academic and non-academic events. In June, she became a director of the Ontario Brain Injury Association.

Lesley Strutt is a poet, playwright, essayist, novelist, and blogger. Just out, an anthology of tree poems; “Heartwood: Poems for the love of trees,” is edited by Lesley for the League of Canadian Poets, with a foreword by Diana Beresford-Kroeger.

Victor Suthren is an author of historical fiction and nonfiction, and the former Director General of the Canadian War Museum. His special interest in maritime history finds expression in the newly released “The Black Flag of the North.”

Michael Whittaker has published a poetry chapbook, “To Scattered To Be Scanned”, and more than 50 historical articles. He is the President of the Rideau Valley Archaeological Society, and a life member of the Merrickville and District Historical Society.

There are more local writers to be reached, and a similar event to be held in the future.
This is the thirteenth of 15 events organized by the Merrickville and District Historical in the commemoration of Merrickville-Wolford 225.


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