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LATEST NEWS:

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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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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Photos from Purdy Drinks I

May 23, 2014

Some photos from the last Purdy Drinks, held at the Monarch Tavern in Toronto on January 20th, featuring Paul Vermeersch, Jim Smith, Stuart Ross, Karen Solie, Katherine Leyton, and Jonathan Tyrrell: All photos by Brian D Johnson  

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Bruce Cockburn supports the A-frame

April 22, 2014

For those in Ottawa, or in its immediate environs, this is an event that is not to be missed. The Spur Festival in Ottawa will be running from May 8th-10th.  As part of this festival, The Al Purdy A-frame Association is co-programming an event of music, poetry, talk, and general Al Purdy fun, featuring none…

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Seven Canadian Writers Chosen for Residency

February 27, 2014

Seven Canadian writers chosen for A-frame residency in first two years January 21, 2014For immediate release AMELIASBURGH, Ont. – Seven Canadian writers have been chosen for the first working retreats at the Al Purdy A-frame house in Prince Edward County. They were chosen from dozens of submissions. The seven are Katherine Leyton, Sue Sinclair, Nick…

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Sponsor a Fixture at the A-frame!

February 7, 2014

The Purdy A-frame A-list: your money, your name, forever Originally posted by Leslie Kenney on the Descant Blog, Jan. 24/14 People are funny and generous and kind. But mostly funny. That’s why Descant blog commenter “RW” had such a great idea: why not print the actual list of items needed to restore the Al and Eurithe…

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Original Call for A-frame Residency Applications

January 22, 2014

APAFA ANNOUNCES CALL FOR A-FRAME RESIDENCY APPLICATIONS 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…

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PURDY DRINKS: A NIGHT OF POETRY AND HISTORY

January 22, 2014

Please come raise a glass with us to the legacy of famous Canadian poet Al Purdy at the MONARCH TAVERN in Toronto on MONDAY, JANUARY 20th, 2014. “Purdy Drinks” will be a casual night featuring readings by acclaimed poets Paul Vermeersch, Jim Smith, and Stuart Ross, and the announcement of the inaugural writer-in-residence at the…

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