life rattle Radio show no. 1160

aired on CKLN Sunday, July 10, 2011


Hosted by Virginia Ashberry


Sean Black reading his story:
"Clown Rage"
Sultan Ameerali reading his story:
"Night Shift at BK Varienty"

tonight's writers and stories

Our first writer tonight, Sean Black has appeared on Life Rattle many times over the years. He read his story: “Trouble” at the 1999 Totally Unknown Writers Festival, at the Rivoli.

Sean Black was born in Toronto in 1970, the eldest of three children. Black grew up in the suburbs until he came to Toronto on his own when he was seventeen. He stayed in Toronto, working downtown and on Caribbean cruises as an audio technician.

When we last heard from Sean, he was headed to Chile, but that was a long time ago, so Sean, if you’re out there, drop us a line at and let us know what you’re up to these days.

Our second writer on tonight’s program is Sultan Ameerali. Sultan Ameerali was born in Toronto in 1977, the third of four boys. His father’s work as a civil engineer took the Ameerali family to Saudi Arabia when Sultan was two. They stayed in Saudi Arabia for 5 years before returning to Scarborough. After graduating from UofT in math and physics, Ameerali then switched to journalism at Centennial College.

The story you are going to hear tonight comes from a series Sultan Ameerali has written about what he refers to as bottom feeder jobs.