Bruce McCallum Interview. Plus, Playwrights Cabaret & Writer’s Guild Open Mic Info

b-mccallum-didw-coverBruce McCallum  is a budding novelist who retired as a forestry journalist and bioenergy consultant in 2011. He was born in northwest Ontario, educated in Winnipeg & has made his home in Prince Edward Island since 1977. After retirement in 2011, Bruce turned to creative writing. He has written a history book: Memories of the Chukuni Lumber Company, (2013); a murder-mystery novel (not yet published); a novella: Death in the Doach Woods, (2015) and many short stories, both memoir and fiction. He recently acted as the editor and project coordinator for a short story anthology: White Lightning and Other Stories from The Writers in Group (TWIG).

Recently he spoke with PL Holden and Jeff Bursey for Artists on the Island about his latest work, a murder mystery set in Scotland entitled Death in the Doach Woods, which was published by Selkirk Stories, and is his first novella. They also talked about his TWiG (the Writers in Group) anthology, Crazy Winter Driving Stories, which is a work-in-progress which he aims to publish in the near future.

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Come celebrate the work of  P.E.I playwrights!

14494708_1106121292786987_8790483125410162926_nThe second annual Playwrights’ Cabaret is being hosted by the P.E.I. wing of PARC (Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre) on Thursday October 13th , 7 pm at Local 343 located at 98 Water Street in Charlottetown.

Come have a meal or drink and listen to readings by some of our own talented playwrights,including Laura K. Bird, Jeff Bursey, Yvette Doucette, Rob MacLean, Katherine McCallum, Malcolm Murray, Marlane O’Brien and J.J. Steinfeld.

The Cabaret is hosted by P.E.I. PARC board members Kathleen Hamilton and Melissa Mullen; intermission with cash food and bar service. Admission is by donation.

If you are a playwright (or an aspiring one) we also invite you to join our membership, when we meet bi-monthly for our informal Playwrights’ Pub. It’s a great opportunity to get to know other writers, talk about the craft of play writing and take part in reading scripts together.

For more information about the Cabaret or the Playwrights’ Pub contact Melissa Mullen at 902-962-2235 or To learn more about PARC go to

Open Mic with Julie Pellisier-Lush

The PEI Writers’ Guild will host Julie Pellisier-Lush as its featured reader at the second Open Mic to be held on Thursday, October 13th from 7:00-9:00 at Receiver Coffee on Victoria Row (128 Richmond Street).

14670832_1829481690620493_6832032620014270469_nAll are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work – poetry or prose – for 3 to 5 minutes. Following a short break, Julie will read.

Julie Pellissier-Lush, actress and bestselling author of ‘My Mi’kmaq Mother’, was born in Summerside, PEI in 1970. She grew up all over Eastern Canada and spent a number of years in Winnipeg, Manitoba before coming home. Julie graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2000. She works with young families at the Mi’kmaq Family Resource Centre and was Vice President of the Aboriginal Women’s Association for four terms. She writes, acts, and does photography to preserve the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq for future generations. Julie lives in PEI with her husband Rick, her five children, and her granddaughter Miah.

The Open Mic Series will continue to run on the second Thursday of each month.


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