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Friday, January 17, 2014

Let's stay in touch

Purdy Picnic July 2013
As this blog moves away from documenting local links with Al's poetry (he's not writing any more alas), I am using it to add my voice to all of those who are spreading the word about the A-frame Association and events.To that end, here are a few links and an invitation to be in touch.

Add this to your daytimer: The Second Annual Purdy Picnic has been set for July 26 at the A-frame, and locations around Ameliasburgh village in Prince Edward County. Our first Writer in Residence will be your host.
Kelly Bacon, Martin Durkin, Chris Faiers, Richard Turtle
at Active Arts Studio, Fall 2013

Discussions are underway with Jeff Keary of Active Arts Studio to host an event in late August, which will feature the music of Gerry Shatford whose Purdy-inspired jazz is truly fine. More to follow on this.

And just a reminder (you lucky Toronto folk) of the Monarch Tavern event this coming Monday (January 20). The names of the A-frame Writers in Residence for 2013/14 will be announced by poet Karen Solie, and music will be provided by Ketch Harbour Wolves. And some cool Al Purdy stuff on offer, I hear.

The event is listed on the Al Purdy A-frame Association website. Please share this link with those who love Al Purdy and his work; it's a good place to keep updated about the APAFA and its events - and to make a donation to ongoing renovations at the A-frame!

Kate Taylor from the Globe and Mail is writing an article to be published Saturday January 18th about an interesting poem fragment in Al's unmistakable scrawl that was found in a wall at the A-frame. The article will include a photo of the fragment.  Kate has been in contact with editor Sam Solecki to get his scholarly reading.  The Globe will also send out something on Saturday on social media with an image of the fragment, asking what people think it says. Go on, create a poem with the fragment - or find its echo in some of Al's crossing the country poems. An image of the poem fragment has been posted on the website this afternoon!

Don't forget to keep in touch with the A-frame Association and doings at the Roblin Lake via the Facebook page. And please drop by this blog on occasion, also.

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