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Janet Somerville

Janet Somerville

Janet Somerville taught English literature & creative writing for 25 years in Toronto. She is privileged to have ongoing access to Martha Gellhorn's restricted papers in Boston. She is currently working on a book about Morley Callaghan, Canada's first writer to make his living exclusively from his fiction.

City:
Toronto
Province:
Ontario

Publications

Yours, for Probably Always: Martha Gellhorn's Letters of Love and War. Firefly Books, 2019
Calling Cards: New Poetry by Caribbean/Canadian Women. Sandberry Press, 2005
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

Discussion of archival research & shaping narrative based on discovery. Specific reference to work on pioneering war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, the subject of my bookYours, for Probably Always: Martha Gellhorn's Letters of Love and War 1930-1949. Includes samples from Hemingway's Personal Papers. 

Presentation Length:
1 hour
Genre:
Narrative nonfiction
Grades:
9-12
Audience Size:
N/A
Workshop Description:

I taught Writer's Craft for a dozen years, so could also run a memoir-writing or poetry workshop for any high school grade.