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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March 21, 2023

AMELIASBURGH, Ont. – Eight Canadian writers have been chosen to take up residence at the Al Purdy A-frame for the 2023 season, the 10th year the writer-in-residence program has welcomed artists to the shores of Roblin Lake in Prince Edward County. “What seemed like a good idea when fundraising began in 2008 is now a…

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Yann Martel to match donations to Al & Eurithe Purdy A-frame Foundation Campaign

March 6, 2023

People have told us we built too near the lake “The flood plain is dangerous” they said And no doubt they know more about it than we do – but here wind pressed down on new-formed ice From “On the Flood Plain”   When Man Booker Prize winner Yann Martel read the Al Purdy A-frame…

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November 26, 2022

PLEASE CONSIDER MONTHLY SUPPORT FOR THE AL PURDY A-FRAME WRITERS-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM It’s been a long and challenging three years in the shadow of COVID, but thanks to the continued support of many we’ve kept the lights on and the doors open to the writers-in-residence program at the Al Purdy A-frame. A residency at the legendary…

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Surprise poem appears on FB page

October 29, 2022

Posted on the Al Purdy A-frame page today by David Fraser. Thank you, David. Making friends with Al Purdy Scraping sideways through factory door frames, Vancouver to St. Johns Ass in a sling peregrinations of an afflicted writer with his bride, the binding spine and glue that bound the Purdy book holding the pages together,…

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Ameliasburgh Heritage Village to host A-frame resident

October 11, 2022
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Felicity Williams to Stage Surprise Purdy Concert

September 29, 2022

Here’s a really exciting and unique opportunity: Our current writer-in-residence, Felicity Williams, along with the A-frame residency ensemble, is giving a community concert on Thursday, October 6. Some of you will know Felicity’s work from the Al Purdy Was Here Songbook. The concert – Listening to the House Dream of Trees – will be a…

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Open House Dates Adjusted

August 31, 2022

Last month, we invited you to visit the Al Purdy A-frame on Saturday, Sept 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25. But the Ameliasburgh Fall Fair has reduced its events to one day – Saturday, September 24 – and so the A-frame Association has decided to follow suit. In the past, we have always opened to the…

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

July 14, 2022

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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Call for Applications for Residencies from July 2023 to June 2024

July 12, 2022

The Al Purdy A-frame Association is now accepting applications for residencies beginning in July 2023 and ending in June 2024. To apply, please go to the “The A-frame Residency” in the drop-down (About) menu. Applications must be submitted by October 21, 2022.

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Festival Players to perform theatrical concert based on Al Purdy’s works

April 25, 2022

Festival Players of Prince Edward County this summer will stage The Shape of Home, a theatrical concert that investigates the life and work of Al Purdy, Canada’s unofficial poet laureate. Purdy’s quest to find beauty in unexpected places produced a body of work full of adventure, audacity and humanity. Created by award-winning artists Frank Cox-O’Connell,…

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