Al Purdy’s Poet Hideaway in Danger
AbeBooks’ Richard Davies has written a feature about famed Canadian poet Al Purdy and his A-frame cottage on the banks of Roblin Lake in Ameliasburgh, Ontario.
The Purdys bought the cottage in 1957 for $850.00 (!). Purdy passed away in 2000, and the upkeep of the structure and property has become too much for his widow, Eurithe, now in her 80s. The property needs up to $50,000 worth of repairs alone and the Al Purdy A-Frame Trust, created to preserve Purdy’s wooden cottage and ensure it remains tied to the literary community, has raised less than $30,000 at the start of April. If you wish to support the campaign, cheques can be made out to ‘The Al Purdy A-frame Trust’ and sent to:
The Al Purdy A-frame Trust
4403 West 11th Avenue
Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $50. For more information contact Jean Baird at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you’re interested in Al Purdy’s poetry, or the work of other Canadian poets, check out our feature on National Poetry Month in Canada.