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The Hummingbird Podcast

Written by: Catherine Graham and Jessica Outram
  • Summary

  • Two friends linger in conversation about things at the centre of their creative work: identity (Celtic and Métis), healing and wellness, the spirit of place, and the pull of mystery. Catherine Graham is an award-winning writer and creative writing teacher living in Toronto. Jessica Outram is a Métis writer and educator, the 4th Poet Laureate of Cobourg, and a centrally-assigned Principal of Program: Indigenous Education K-12. Visit New episode every two weeks!
    Catherine Graham and Jessica Outram
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  • Mar 12 2023

    We continue to explore how ancestors and family impact our writing. Jessica talks about her Métis roots and shares her poem “Search Out the Water.” This poem explores the life of her Great-x5-Grandfather, Ezekiel Solomon. She also shares an excerpt from her forthcoming novel for middle grade children, Bernice and the Georgian Bay Gold. We talk about reciprocity, silence and how to listen deeply.

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    32 mins
  • Feb 26 2023

    We explore how ancestors and family impact our writing. Catherine reads a passage from her novel Quarry that links silence with trust and creativity. She also shares some excerpts from Æther: An Out-of-Body Lyric. Jessica and Catherine talk about the darker side of silence and how the act of writing can lead us to truths.

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    29 mins
  • Feb 12 2023

    Catherine reads one of her all-time favourite poems “Snow” by Louis MacNeice. Catherine and Jessica explore the poem’s abundance, beauty, complexity and mystery. Jessica reads her poem “Was Grandmother Lonely Too?” and we see how snippets of family stories come together to make a poem.

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    32 mins

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