Eurithe Purdy launches $10,000 prize for best new poetry book in Canada

April 9, 2024

Al Purdy’s widow, Eurithe, has launched a literary prize to recognize the best new book of poetry in Canada, the Canadian Press reported. The Al and Eurithe Purdy Poetry Prize will offer a $10,000 award annually to a poet who embodies “exceptional talent and a profound connection to the Canadian spirit,” said a release. Eurithe…

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Poet Phil Hall to host two events in the County

March 19, 2024

FROM THE LIBRARY TO THE CEMETERY: A TALK AND A WALK Poet Phil Hall will talk about his work, including his new book, Vallejo’s Marrow, and will read especially from his long poem about Al Purdy called “An Oak Hunch.” This will be followed by a group walk to Al Purdy’s grave in the Ameliasburgh…

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January 31, 2024

Over the past few years we have offered online workshops to enthusiastic response. The goal is to give access to high-quality and imaginative workshops at an affordable cost. A-frame Pastiches: Writing in Tribute to Al Purdy Two 90-minute sessions with John Barton March 23 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET April 6 11 a.m.…

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Anna Swanson on Longlist for 2023 CBC Poetry Prize

November 9, 2023

Anna Swanson, an A-frame writer-in-residence in 2019, has made the 2023 CBC Poetry Prize longlist for Sweetness | מתיקות. From the announcement: Anna Swanson (she/her) is a queer Jewish writer and librarian based in St. John’s and currently completing an MFA at the University of Guelph. Her writing is interested in themes of chronic illness,…

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ACO Award Comes to the A-frame

November 2, 2023

Last week there was a small gathering at the A-frame. Paul Elter and Eurithe Purdy hung the Architectural Conservancy Ontario’s 2023 Special Jury Award. Paul accepted the award on behalf of the Al Purdy A-frame Association on Oct. 12. You can watch a short video of the award here. Eurithe is days away from completing…

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A-frame Association Wins Ontario Heritage Award

October 16, 2023

The Al Purdy A-frame Association has won a 2023 Special Jury Award bestowed by Architectural Conservancy Ontario, “for their efforts to restore the historic property and writer’s retreat, an important part of Canadian cultural and literary heritage.” The award was announced at the ACO gala held in Toronto on October 12. Representing the APAFA at…

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Announcing the Eurithe Purdy Matched Fundraising Campaign

September 25, 2023

The Al Purdy A-frame Association is very pleased to announce that Eurithe Purdy will be matching all donations to the A-frame Foundation Project up to $10,000, from now until her birthday on November 10, 2023. The Al Purdy A-frame Association runs a highly successful nationally recognized writer-in-residence program from the former home, a local heritage…

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A-frame Association Nominated for Heritage Award

September 19, 2023

The Al Purdy A-frame Association has been nominated for the Margaret and Nicholas Hill Cultural Heritage Landscape Award for their efforts to restore the historic property and writer’s retreat, an important piece of Canadian cultural and literary heritage. The award is one of several annual heritage citations by Architectural Conservancy Ontario (ACO). Award recipients will…

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Come Visit the A-frame on September 23

September 8, 2023

It’s time for the annual the OPEN HOUSE at the Al and Eurithe Purdy A-frame. Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 23, and plan on making a trip to Prince Edward County to visit the A-frame from 10 to 5. Board members will be there to show you around and answer questions. There will be…

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APAFA Announces the James Pelmore Matched Campaign in Celebration of Al Purdy Day

April 19, 2023

On April 21, 2009, the League of Canadian Poets officially declared April 21 NATIONAL AL PURDY DAY. The declaration recognized the importance of Al Purdy to Canadian poetry, as well as the iconic symbol of the A-frame to Canadian culture. Concern about the A-frame and its sinking foundation is getting lots of attention, including from…

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Radio 99.3 County FM, Prince Edward County, ON, covers A-frame campaign

April 4, 2023

Jean Baird of the Al Purdy A-frame Association explains why funds are urgently needed. Writer Matthew Hollett describes his plans as writer-in-residence. Jason Collett recites Purdy’s On the Flood Plain.

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