life rattle Radio show no. 1154

Aired on CKLN FM 88.1 may 29, 2011


Hosted by virginia ashberry


Erika Bailey reading her story:
"Wychwood Park Pond"
Jessica Outram reading her story:
"Family Picnic Magic"

tonight's writers and stories

On tonight's show Erika Bailey starts us off with a stroll past memories of family moments, personal regrets and acceptance, all framed by a frozen pond. Bailey’s use of the metaphoric sensory stimulation of winter will make you want to cuddle under that lap blanket you haven’t put away yet. Then you should grab an ice tea, throw that blanket on the floor, sit on it, and take in the deluge of family Jessica Outram is about to unleash with her story “Family Picnic Magic”. You’ll get a kick out of seeing all of your own family characters reflected in the Outram clan, as well as a cameo visit from Father Guido Sarducci.

Erika Bailey, a canoeist, gardener, hiker, bicyclist, reader and writer, lives and works in Toronto. She holds a MA in Adult Education. Her writing explores narrative, artefact, embodied experiential learning of place and how personal stories impact environmental decision making.

Jessica Outram was born in Oshawa in 1975. She has one younger brother. Her parents are both retired and living in Britt, Ontario. They nurtured the cottage into a home. Outram grew up in Bowmanville, Port Perry and Oshawa, Ontario. She attended Trent University and Queen's University. She is near the end of her MA in Adult Education and Community Development at OISE.

Jessica Outram is a high school teacher and a playwright. Her love of books inspired her to create Sunshine in a Jar Press. In May 2011, From the Cottage Porch: An Anthology, edited by Jessica Outram and Ewa Krynski, was released featuring 31 Canadian writers. Outram is a member of the Writers' Community of Durham Region, the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs. She is Playwright in Residence at StoneCircle Theatre. You can learn more about her at Outram's fondest childhood memories include family picnics on Georgian Bay every summer.