A-frame Open House Returns on Sept. 24-25

After a three-year hiatus because of the pandemic, the Al Purdy A-frame Association is pleased and excited to announce an A-frame open house for Saturday, September 24, and Sunday, September 25, 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…

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Daniel Lockhart nominated for Souster poetry award

D.A. Lockhart, a resident this spring at the Al Purdy A-frame, has been shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award, sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets (LCP). Lockhart’s Bearmen Descend Upon Gimli (Frontenac House, 2021) is a contemporary myth told in lyric form. From the jurors: D.A. Lockhart’s cinematic novel-in-verse, Bearmen Descend Upon Gimli, features…

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Steven Heighton, long-time A-frame supporter, dies at 60

Many of you will have already learned the sad, sad news that poet, novelist and musician Steven Heighton has died at 60 from cancer. The accolades are well deserved. I’m not sure how old Steven was when he started visiting Al and Eurithe at the A-frame. Maybe in his twenties. The photos show his long…

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AL PURDY A-FRAME RELAUNCHES WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

AMELIASBURGH, Ont. – The Al Purdy A-frame Association is pleased to announce the writers-in-residence for the 2022-23 season at the A-frame in Prince Edward County. Prior to the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic, five writers-in-residence had been announced for the 2020 season. In consultation with the writers, the residencies have been rescheduled for 2022.…

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Ben Is Back

Last year the A-frame Association launched online workshops, thanks to Ben Ladouceur. The response was really favourable. “Thanks for the amazing workshop — just so soul-soothing.” “The atmosphere was supportive, the prompts useful, and the example poems presented were both various and excellent. It was fun.” — 2021 Workshop Participants The Al Purdy A-frame Association…

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Sadiqa de Meijer wins 2021 GG non-fiction prize

Congratulations to A-frame alumna Sadiqa de Meijer, whose Alfabet/Alphabet has won the non-fiction category of the Governor General’s Literay Awards for 2021.  Alfabet/Alphabet, published by Palimpsest Press, is the record of de Meijer’s transition from speaking Dutch to English. The peer assessment committee — Sarah de Leeuw, Amanda Leduc and Evelyn C. White — had…

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Sadiqa de Meijer Shortlisted for GG Literary Award

A-frame alumna Sadiqa de Meijer’s Alfabet/Alphabet has been shorlitsted in the non-fiction category of the Governor General’s Literay Awards for 2021. Congratulations! Winners will be announced on November 17. Alfabet/Alphabet, published by Palimpsest Press, is the record of de Meijer’s transition from speaking Dutch to English. “These lucid, penetrating meditations on language, loss, and identity…

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A-frame alumna Madhur Anand wins 2020 GG non-fiction award

Madhur Anand’s This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart was awarded the 2020 Governor General’s prize for non-fiction. The awards were delayed until June of this year because of the pandemic. Congratulations to Madhur, an A-frame alumna. “An innovative, moving account of three generations of a South Asian Canadian family as they negotiate time,…

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