Celebrating the Launch of “Painted Voices”

The pandemic has impacted all our lives in a myriad of ways including how we celebrate our successes such as birthdays, graduations, and even book launches. We are planning a virtual launch in the coming weeks for Painted Voices and will post details when they become available. For now a small gathering with some of the participants and media was held this Saturday in the parking lot adjacent to the former St. Joseph Hospital site. Congrats to all those involved. Please see the link below to the Sudbury Star coverage of our launch.

https://www.thesudburystar.com/news/local-news/painted-voices-sudbury-writers-publish-chapbook-about-st-josephs-hospital

Tom Leduc, left, and Bernie Hughes, of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild, display copies of Painted Voices. The chat book features poems and short stories about the General Hospital and the mural painted on the former hospital. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network

Tom also posted the following pictures of the authors/poets receiving copies of their works on his Facebook Page.

For information on ordering a copy of Painted Voices please please fill out the following form. [Please select the preferred method of contact (phone versus email) it defaults to phone.]

Sudbury Writers’ Guild Launches “Painted Voices”

In early 2020 the Sudbury Writers’ Guild put out a call for stories and poems inspired by the love-it-or-hate-it transformed Paris St. landmark, the Sudbury General Hospital of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  In July 2019, Up Here Festival invited the artist RISK to create Canada’s largest mural on the hospital’s walls. Selected from more than 60 poems and stories, the Guild’s just-released chapbook presents a unique perspective on the hospital and the mural.

The Guild deeply appreciated financial support for the chapbook from The Arts and Culture program of the City of Greater Sudbury and Panoramic Properties. We also thank the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie, Bennett Malcolmson, Jason Innis, Paul Truskoski and members of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild for providing photos.

We had help from many other community sources: a volunteer committee of Guild members, the current poet laureate Vera Constantineau, editing by former poet laureates Kim Fahner and Daniel Aubin, design by former poet laureate Chloe Laduchesse and Bennett Malcolmson, advice and mentorship from Up Here Festival, Latitude 46, Sudbury Arts Council and so many more. This is truly a local project of love and admiration for a building all Sudburians are deeply connected to.

The book can be purchased for $15.00 by: – messaging the Sudbury Writers’ Guild via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/SudburyWritersGuild) or by sending us your contact information through the form below to arrange payment and delivery/pickup.

News: Update on Hospital Mural Writing Project

The Sudbury Writers’ Guild would like to thank all those who submitted to our Hospital Mural Writing Project. The Guild  received a variety of prose and poetry texts from writers in the community. All submissions were reviewed by a blind panel and the results should be emailed to you in the coming days. From the chosen pieces the Sudbury Writers Guild will be producing a chapbook titled,  Painted Voices, in the coming months.

We sincerely thank all of you for your submissions and we encourage you to continue your interest and dedication to writing. Writing is one of the great achievements of our society and is a skill and activity that every person can develop and enjoy. We encourage you in the continuation of your writing career. 

Best Regards,

Tom Leduc, President, Sudbury Writers Guild

Bernie Hughes, Sudbury Writers Guild, Project Coordinator

With special thanks to Panoramic Properties and city of Greater Sudbury for their support.