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Authors Push to Save Literary Landmark


Back in April, we blogged the a-frame cottage of late Canadian poet, Al Purdy being under threat.

Now British authors have joined forces with members of the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance (CCLA) in an attempt to save the Roblin Lake (Ontario) residence.

“We really want to preserve this building for its literary iconic value,” said Richard Grove, president of the CCLA and owner of Hidden Brook Press, which will publish the charitable anthology ‘And Left a Place to Stand On: Poems and essays on Al Purdy‘. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Al Purdy A-Frame Trust, a charity collecting funds to purchase the cottage with the intent of turning it into a writer’s retreat.

So we built a house, my wife and I
our house at a backwater puddle of a lake
near Ameliasburg, Ont.
–Al Purdy “In Search of Owen Roblin

For more information on the Al Purdy A-frame Project see our Poet’s Hideaway: Saving Al Purdy’s A-Frame feature.

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