LATEST NEWS:

LATEST NEWS:

New look at the life and legacy of Al Purdy

September 22, 2020

An Echo in the Mountains: Al Purdy After a Century has been published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. The work is edited by Nicholas Bradley, a 2016 writer-in-residence at the A-frame. And one of the many contributors to this new perspective is Jeff Weingarten, a 2018 alumnus. Following is McGill-Queen’s description: “From the 1960s until his…

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AL PURDY WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM ANNOUNCES ITS THIRD SUMMER LINEUP

March 23, 2015

    Three new Canadian writers chosen for A-frame residency March 4, 2015 For immediate release AMELIASBURGH, Ont. – Three Canadian writers have been chosen to join the original seven in working retreats at the Al Purdy A-frame house in Prince Edward County. Among the three is the first appointment acknowledging and encouraging academic research.…

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The Purdy Songbook

November 27, 2014

Announcing the Purdy Songbook, a fundraiser for the Al Purdy A-frame Association.  Sometimes, when you listen closely to Al’s  poetry, you can hear music. In some poems it’s spelled out. “The Freezing Music” takes us to a place where “lake water sings into ice.” In “The Dead Poet,” Al hears “the music of blood on…

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Purdy Drinks III @ the Monarch Tavern in Toronto

October 29, 2014

Please join us for an evening of poetry and music! All proceeds help the Al Purdy A-frame Association with its restoration of the A-frame and writers-in-residence program. Featuring performances from Canada’s first poet laureate George Bowering, Griffin poetry prize winner David McFadden, amazing spoken word artist Ian Kamau, and the first Writer-in-Residence Katherine Leyton. Al…

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The A-Frame Residency

September 2, 2014

             The A-frame house at the edge of Roblin Lake was built in 1957 by Al Purdy and his wife Eurithe, who had set aside $1200 dollars from CBC radio plays Al had written in Montreal. They bought a piece of land and a load of used buildings material from a structure being torn down…

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Drama/Poetry/Music at Rednersville Aug. 30

August 22, 2014

Hello friends I’m getting in touch to remind you of the outstanding Al Purdy A-frame Association fund-raiser being held at Active Arts Studio in Rednersville, Prince Edward County, on Saturday August 30 starting at 3PM. I have no doubt it will be sensational. And a sell-out. Three performances – drama, poetry and music – all…

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Second Purdy Picnic Packed

July 29, 2014

With its first writer-in-residence now calling the iconic Al Purdy A-frame home, the second annual Al Purdy Picnic attracted a large crowd of poets, writers and lovers of literature…read more at Inside Belleville: http://www.insidebelleville.com/news-story/4723784-purdy-celebrated-with-poems-beer/  

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2nd Annual Purdy Picnic Features Readings, Music

July 29, 2014

Guess Who’s Coming to the Picnic?   McClelland and Stewart/Random House of Canada To Sponsor Inaugural Residency 2nd Annual Purdy Picnic Features Readings, Music   July 26 is a day to celebrate at the Al Purdy A-frame! In addition to it being the date of the 2nd annual Al Purdy Picnic, McClelland and Stewart/Random House…

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PURDY DRINKS II

June 20, 2014

Clara Blackwood, Michael Lista, Robert Priest & Suzannah Showler  . . . On the same stage, this coming Monday June 23rd, at the Monarch Tavern.  Tickets will be 10$ at the door. In addition to the price of the ticket, $1 from each drink sold will go towards the ongoing updating of the Al &…

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Preparing for the first writer-in-residence

June 20, 2014

Our first writer, Katherine Leyton, will move into the A-frame on July 1st, now only a couple of weeks away!  Because of this there has been a tremendous push on amongst the local A-framers to get things cleaned up and finished before she gets there.  Our contractor, Matti Kopamees, has been working hard on the…

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Amanda Lowthian

June 18, 2014

In this ongoing quest to save the Al & Eurithe Purdy A-frame and to repurpose it as a residence for up and coming writers, we have had the pleasure of meeting many inspiring and wonderful folk. No doubt in no small amount due to the enduring power of Al’s poetry, kind, interesting, and multi-talented people…

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