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Bonnie Lendrum

Bonnie Lendrum

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BONNIE L. LENDRUM Bonnie Lendrum began writing fiction during a stretch when she lost five people she loved—her best friend, father, father-in-law, and two other friends. It was a tumultuous time that exposed her to a health care system she thought she knew well. As a professional, she had written about it in book chapters and research papers. But until that awful period, she didn’t know the health care system as the friend of, or the family member of, someone who needed care. Six years later, her dissonance was reinforced when her mother-in-law became ill. After an hour-long visit with a community coordinator, Bonnie was left wondering how the average person ever successfully navigated the health care system. The manuscript, which she had started back in the early 2000s, took shape and became the novel Autumn’s Grace. Inanna Publications has called it a gift to people dealing with a dying parent as they attempt to fulfill their final wishes.

Bonnie brings her professional career as a Registered Nurse to bear on her observations about health care and her experience as a daughter, sibling, wife, mother and volunteer to comment on life. She holds an MScN from the University of Toronto, completed a summer residency at Humber College with Alistair MacLeod, a distance mentorship with Sandra Birdsell, and participated in two five day seminars in San Miguel De Allende with Jennifer Clement (2019) and with Susan Sutliff Brown (2020).

Since the publication of Autumn’s Grace, Bonnie has continued to write from her passion. Her second manuscript addresses issues of ageing. Her third manuscript explores literacy. Two concussions (2014 and 2017) have slowed her output but have not diminished her intensity or quality. Bonnie expects to write until she can no longer type. There are too many issues that she needs to explore.

City:
Carlisle
Province:
Ontario
Genre:
Fiction; Literary Fiction
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English

Publications

Autumn's Grace. 2013, Inanna Publications and Education Inc.
"Work Process Re-design and Nurses' Work." Nursing Management in Canada, Second Edition, edited by J. M. Hibberd and D.L. Smith.. 1999, W.B. Saunders Canada
"Organization of Patient Care." Nursing Management in Canada, edited by J. M. Hibberd and M.E. Kyle.. 1994, W. B. Saunders Canada
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Are you available for public presentations and/or workshops:
Yes
Presentation Length:
60 minutes
Genre:
Palliative Care, Aging, Literacy
Grades:
Adult
Audience Size:
10-300
Presenation:
1. Lecture -$1500, plus travel 2. Reading -$365, plus travel 3. Book Clubs - $0.00 a cup of mint tea, a latte, or a glass of white wine
Workshop Description:

Formal presentation; break-out groups; issue identification and action-planning; return to centre to share collective wisdom

Workshop Length:
90 minutes
Workshop Intended Audience:
Adult
Workshop Audience Size:
25-30
Workshop Fee:
$1500, plus travel
Are you available for school visits?:
No
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes