The Call for Applications for a residency at the A-frame has been suspended for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Normally, the A-frame association would be entertaining candidates for 2021 at this time. However, the residency program scheduled for this summer was cancelled. Writers who would have attended will be rescheduled in the 2021 season.

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In light of COVID-19 restrictions imposed by federal and provincial governments, and to eliminate risk for writers-in-residence, attending volunteers and the local community, the Al Purdy A-frame residency program has been suspended until further notice. Future developments will be announced on this site.

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Another great day at the A-frame. Over two days, more than 100 visitors, equaling last year’s total. So good to see continued interest in the preservation of the house and, especially, its role as a retreat for writers. A cultural crossroads it always was, and it remains. Al would raise a glass. And Eurithe, who…

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AMELIASBURGH Poet Al Purdy’s iconic A-frame on Roblin Lake in Prince Edward County will hold an open house on Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The house, built by Al and his wife Eurithe, has been restored as a retreat for Canadian writers and has welcomed more than…

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Purdy A-Frame Open House (photo: Sue Capon at countylive.ca)

COME VISIT THE PURDY A-FRAME! We are open to the public Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22, between 10am and 4pm. Check out the restorations we’ve done and see where Al Purdy wrote many of his poems. There will be free information handouts, Purdy memorabilia for sale, and friendly hosts to welcome you. Bring…

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Purdy Drinks is an annual event held in support of the Al Purdy A-frame residency. This year we are lucky to be partnering with House of Anansi and Henderson Brewing Co to bring you something really special. In addition to readings by Damian Rogers, Meaghan Strimas and Sarah Dearing, we will have a silent auction…

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The Al Purdy A-frame Association is pleased to announce the writers-in-residence for the 2019 season at the A-frame in Ameliasburgh, Prince Edward County.   Cornelia Hoogland, April 13 to May 4, 2019 Cornelia Hoogland’s Trailer Park Elegy (Harbour, 2017), a book-length long poem, was a finalist for the League of Canadian Poets’ 2018 Raymond Souster…

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The Al Purdy Songbook

The long-awaited Al Purdy Songbook was launched on Nov. 27, 2018, to a full house at The Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. Co-produced by Jason Collett and Brian D. Johnson, the three-disc set includes a CD featuring the words and music of 13 artists, a DVD and a Blu-ray of Johnson’s documentary feature Al…

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