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Writers-in-Residence 2020

April 16, 2020

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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Meet APAFA: New Association to Manage Project

October 22, 2012

Preparations are going forward all the time as organizers of the campaign to save the legendary Purdy residence on Roblin Lake move inexorably closer to the day when they can take ownership of the property and begin operating it as a public attraction and a writer’s residence. A recent donation of $40,000 from the Glasswaters…

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A-frame in the Montreal Gazette

April 12, 2012

Mark Abley writes about the A-Frame in the Montreal Gazette: MONTREAL – Go to rural New Hampshire, and you can visit the Frost Place outside Franconia, a house where the American poet Robert Frost lived for five rewarding years. It’s now a museum and a non-profit centre for the arts. Go to rural Wales, and you can…

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The A-frame in the Globe and Mail

April 9, 2012

Marni Jackson in the Globe and Mail writes about the Purdy A-Frame: Saving a Purdy A-frame – and other cultural edifices Marni Jackson, Thursday, Apr. 05, 2012 Unless someone writes a cheque, the cabin built by a great Canadian poet on the shores of Roblin Lake will be sold, and perhaps torn down In the wake…

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Efforts to Save Al Purdy’s Home

March 12, 2012

Emily Jackson at Toronto Star on the effort to save the A-frame: Made of salvaged lumber in 1957, the house that beloved Canadian poet Al Purdy built sits on the bank of a rural Ontario lake, its future as insecure as its rickety footings. For more than 40 years Purdy and his wife Eurithe welcomed writers,…

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A-FRAME Anthology Launched Across Canada

March 6, 2012

The Al Purdy A-FRAME Anthology is being launched across Canada! On November 18th, 2009, it was launched at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto with Dennis Lee, Michael Ondaatje, Paul Vermeersch, Dave Bidini, Steven Heighton, John Degen, Geoff Heinricks, Russell Brown, John Reeves & others. On November 11th it was launched at the University of Waterloo’s School…

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The A-FRAME Anthology

March 6, 2012

The Al Purdy A-frame Association has published a book, The Al Purdy A-FRAME Anthology, through Harbour Publishing. The book consists of contributions by prominent members of the literary community who visited the Purdys during the fifty years they occupied the property, along with writings by Al Purdy in which the property is mentioned. Selling through…

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Saving the House Al Built

March 6, 2012

Kevin Van Paassen for The Globe and Mail Poetic myths can be hard to sustain in a prosy age, but every versifier in Canada will tell you something uncanny happened 50 years ago on a bush lot in the country south of Belleville, Ont., where local couple Al and Eurithe Purdy had retreated after the…

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Denise Bukowski Reminiscence

March 6, 2012

The United Nations declared 1975 International Women’s Year, and Jack McClelland decided he had to do something about it. So he put out a public call for poetry by Canadian women, in aid of producing an anthology of the best of it. And he volunteered Al Purdy and me, his editor, to make the selection.…

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Academic Campaign

March 6, 2012

The following letter, written by Dr. David Bentley of the University of Western Ontario and co-signed by 40 of his colleagues from universities coast-to-coast, was distributed late February to all post-secondary institutions, Canadian literature and Canadian studies organizations. “Al Purdy has been described at various times and by various writers as the “first,” the “last,”…

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National Al Purdy Day

April 21, 2009

NATIONAL AL PURDY DAY (APRIL 21, 2009) — In recognition of the importance of Al Purdy to Canadian poetry, the iconic symbol of the A-frame to Canadian culture, and in support of the Purdy A-frame Association, the League of Canadian Poets officially declared APRIL 21, 2009 NATIONAL AL PURDY DAY. All Canadian poets and lovers…

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