Thank you letters encourage me to think that someone else, not yet introduced to my great-grandmother, may appreciate her story. And so, I continue to respond to invitations. How fortunate I am to have the health to travel and meet with such enthusiastic readers. As of October 1st, I have a new printing of 500 books beautifully done by Friesens. This 4th edition has my acknowledgment that Percy Criddle is my great grandfather with three pages describing him and his family before coming to Canada.
With no plans to travel very far, I am open to participate in ‘readings’ and book clubs. Contact me and we’ll have a conversation.
Oct 15, Charleswood Historical Society , 7 PM in former Library
Saturday, October 13, 2-4 Brandon University Alumni authors in the Mingling Area of Knowles-Douglas Building.
October 20, Portage La Prairie Library History Day . More information to follow.
November 2-3, Friday 10-5, Saturday, 10-4 University Women’s Club Christmas Market, Ralph Conner House.
November 30, Friday 10-8, Dec. 1, Saturday 10-7 , Dec 2, Sunday 10-4: Christkindlmarkt, Fort Garry Place , 85 Garry St., Winnipeg, MB
Events from the recent past:
Cancelled for this fall: Bus Tour: Points West, Carberry, The Criddle/Vane Homestead, and Wawanesa. Creative Retirement could not find parking for our cars during the day while we were away.
September 1 St. Norbert Market’s Historic Day. I will be presenting along with ‘Manitoba Mysteries’ who dramatize historic crimes. I will be wearing my black servant outfit and reading from ‘For Elise’ to explain how a well educated woman from Heidelberg, ended up living and starving on the Criddle Homestead.
August 8: St Norbert Farmers’ Market, “ Skills for the 21st Century.” My presentation: ‘From History to Hooking’. It went very well.
Ashern reading in May was postponed because a prairie fire threatened the community. No date for reset.
Springfield Pubic Library, Eriksdale, Arburg, Pauline Johnson Library, Lundar, and Selkirk
March, Saturday 10 -4 Winter Wheat Literary Festival, Portage La Prairie Library suitable to ages 13 to adult.
Discussion panels, readings, book sales. Light refreshments were available. See my coming blog Winter Wheat.
It was a wonderful event, in fact one participant said she spent an awesome day at the library. It was a another first for me to facilitate a writers’ workshop. It was very energizing for myself and also according to the feed back, for the twenty participants. I’d be very pleased to do it again.
Creative Retirement last winter. ‘100 Years of Shame: What Really Happened & How it Became a Book” A series of 3 lectures
Oriole’s creative non-fiction book For Elise; Unveiling the Forgotten Woman on the Criddle Homestead, was written to expose a family secret. While the Criddle descendants grew up believing in the mystique created around and by Percy Criddle – doctor and healer, administrator and justice of the peace, agriculturalist, and talented musician; his first family was saddled with a burden of shame. The research and completed book accomplished more than bring healing to her family. Oriole’s three-part series will begin with the secret and the decision to look for the truth. She will go on to explain how and where she found the information, and describe the stages of researching, writing, and publishing her book. She will conclude with insights from the Elise’s life that apply to today’s missing and trafficked girls and women. For Elise resembles an iceberg. There is much information below the surface supporting this narrative.
Highlights from Overseas
Visited Stockach, Germany, in June of 2015—home of Elise’s ancestor’s. I presented a book to the archivists who helped me research the Harrer family. The earliest record of Harrers in Stockach was 1790 and from then on they were often mentioned as making a positive contribution to the community. A newly discovered cousin, Roland and Dorothea Harrer hosted us during our visit.
Hadleigh, England, April 2014, gave a short presentation at Alabaster Gathering.. Percy’s mother, Mary Ann Alabaster Criddle, was an artist in London. Members of the Alabaster Society have been very supportive, assisting my research and my writing of For Elise. Read more Alabaster Society