So last night at our potluck sitting in front of a centrepiece made by Dave Goodings (grape tomatoes, cream cheese and onions) we shared words. Dave read a story and Jennifer Fenwick Irwin read a poem by Carleton Place’s very own Claudia Coutu Radmore. Boring you say? I can guarantee you none of us fell asleep. Or did anyone? I must check under the table again for any stragglers.
Claudia Coutu Radmore is the author of Tracing Your Ribs , Narcissus Unfolding , and Moonbeam among other books, Claudia’s poetry in all forms has also been widely published in magazines and anthologies.
She is a former Montrealer who writes and paints in Carleton Place. A former teacher who formerly taught in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and China. She also trained teachers in the South Pacific for three years. Her first publication was a pre-school manual in Bislama, one of the national languages of Vanuatu.
She was also the 2009 winner of the Canadian Authors National Capital Poetry contest and a finalist in the 2008/2009 Origami Crane Contest. Claudia has won several honours in recent Japanese-form competitions, including the 2008 International Erotic Tanka Contest and the 2009 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.
Claudia is not only a writer but also has a publishing business, she began in 192, She publishes books for anyone who wants to have a book from their writing done and several of her mystery books have been very popular on Amazon.
What book do I love most?
The story/history of one hundred and twenty years of New France, poems in the voices of my Coutu/Cottu ancestors and family members. “These poems are in the voices of her actual direct ancestors and their close ancestral relatives between the years 1672 to 1792.
Speakers were chosen who would best portray the history, culture and actual experiences of New France settlers. For the most part, their lives would have been typical of the habitant lifestyle in the rural areas. Though the Cottu (Coutu) family would become habitants of the Seigneurie at Lavaltrie, roughly 40 km east of Montreal on the north side of the St. Lawrence River, the family would spend ten years within Montreal’s walls (1690 – 1700) for safety during the height of the Iroquois raids.“
Carry on folks– this was your Carleton Place culture moment of the day:)
She has a new website now and you can check her out on this link!