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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Picnic Photos

August 4, 2015

On July 18 under sunny skies, on the shores of Roblin Lake, with poetry readings by Robert Priest, Carolyn Smart, Adam Sol, Paul Vermeeresh, and writer-in-residence Laurie D. Graham, the third annual Al Purdy A-frame Picnic got underway.  The afternoon was a wonderful success with events and open house at the A-frame  and satellite events…

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2015 Writing Workshop

July 8, 2015

  2015 Writing Workshop at AL PURDY A-FRAME Ameliasburgh, Prince Edward County with award-winning poet Ken Babstock August 10–14th from 1 pm–3 pm daily Register soon – space is limited Week’s FEE $150 Ken Babstock was born in Burin, Newfoundland, in 1970 and grew up in the Ottawa Valley. He has been published internationally and…

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3rd Annual Al Purdy Picnic

June 30, 2015

The Spirit of Al Purdy Returns to Ameliasburgh On July 18, the heritage village of Ameliasbugh will honour the late poet Al Purdy by welcoming the public and hosting a series of events to complement the 3rd Annual Al Purdy Picnic, being held at the Purdy A-frame on beautiful Roblin Lake. The picnic on Saturday…

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May 6, 2015

FACEBOOK EVENT:     TO BUY A TICKET IN ADVANCE: After you click on the ‘add to cart’ button, the shopping cart should appear on the right hand side.  After you complete your purchase through PayPal, you will be emailed a link to your ticket.  Bring this with you to the event either on your…

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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:  

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