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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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Upgrading Underway at A-frame

August 13, 2013

‘Tis the season of upgrading at the Al Purdy A-frame on the shores of lovely Roblin Lake as architect and director Duncan Patterson and builder-supporter Matti Kopamees oversee careful renovation of the historic building in preparation for its new role as a writer’s retreat, to begin in 2014. So far two major projects have been…

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FRAME FOR (A)FRAME

June 25, 2013

FRAME FOR (A)FRAME: A benefit premiere of the independent Canadian feature film “The Shape of Rex” was held in support of the Al Purdy A-frame. All proceeds were for the ongoing restoration of the A-frame as a writers’ retreat.Friday, June 7th, the Royal Cinema, 608 College St., Toronto 7 p.m. Film critic Brian D. Johnson…

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What a Fabulous Night it Was!

December 3, 2012

Over 700 came out to Koerner Hall in Toronto Feb. 6 for a great evening of music by Gord Downie, the Bidiniband and Skydigger with readings by Margaret Atwood, Gordon Pinsent, Michael Enright, Karen Solie, George Elliot Clarke, Ken Babstock, George Bowering, Dennis Lee, Phil Hall, and others, in what one veteran literary event attendee…

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Gala Fundraiser Set for Toronto Feb. 6, 2013

December 3, 2012

RENOWNED POETS AND MUSICIANS TO CELEBRATE AL PURDY The Al Purdy A-frame Association announced today that tickets are now on sale for THE AL PURDY SHOW on February 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm. It promises to be a fun evening of poetry and music to benefit the restoration of Al Purdy’s former residence, the A-frame.…

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CBC Ottawa Runs Story on A-frame Acquisition

October 31, 2012

The A-frame home built by the late Canadian poet Al Purdy has been bought by a non-profit group and will be turned into a writers’ retreat. Purdy and his wife Eurithe built the home in the late ’50s on the shore of Roblin Lake in the Prince Edward County hamlet of Ameliasburgh, Ont., about 16…

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The Al Purdy A-frame Has Been Saved!

October 26, 2012

“There was wonderful news today in the Canadian literary world, and the centre of gravity of this news was not all that far from Queensborough and the Manse.” So writes journalist Katherine Sedgwick in an excellent entry on the Purdy A-frame published in her blog “Meanwhile, at The Manse.” Read it at http://bit.ly/xpiAnn

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Poet Al Purdy’s House Saved from Wrecking Ball

October 26, 2012

By Mark Abley of the Montreal Gazette MONTREAL  – Canada’s battered literary community got an infusion of hope Friday. Having begun with the shocking news that the largest Canadian-owned book publisher, D&M, was seeking bankruptcy protection, the week ended with word that the home of one of the country’s finest poets, Al Purdy, has been…

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Purchase of A-frame Announced

October 26, 2012

A NEW LIFE FOR THE AL PURDY A-FRAME Work now turns to RAISING FUNDS TO UPGRADE AND INSTALL a writer-in-residence October 26, 2012 For immediate release   AMELIASBURGH, Ont.  The A-frame home built here in 1957 by the late Al Purdy, one of Canada’s greatest poets, and his wife, Eurithe, has been assured of preservation…

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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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