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Laurie Ness Gordon

Laurie Ness Gordon lives on a waterfront property north of Kingston, Ontario. She has worked as an educator, consultant, workshop presenter and writer. Her articles and short stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines in Canada and England. In 2014, Borealis Press published her YA novel, The Medal. Laurie spent several years as a volunteer Project Manager and writer for a touring art exhibition that focused on self acceptance. She is currently supporting refugee families and working on a mystery. She enjoys making music, travelling, swimming, shoveling snow and being ‘productive’. Her favourite holiday memory is a 5-week motorcycle trip across Canada.


City: South Frontenac, Province/Territory: Ontario
Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, YA
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Audience Size
Audience size
12- 40
Presentation Genre
YA, Historical Fiction
Presentation Length
30-40 minutes + Q & A
Presentation Description
Presentation description

From a Drum to a Novel

From childhood Laurie Ness Gordon loved books and harboured a secret ambition to write one herself, but there was never time. Then she retired and bought a djembe. That drum set her on a path that saw her novel, The Medal, published in 2014 by Borealis Press. Discover her journey. 

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To be negotiated
School presentation details
Audience Size
Intended Audience
Grade 6-12
Presentation Length
30 minutes + Q & A
Presentation Description
Presentation description

Reading + Q & A

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To be negotiated
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