Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage by Kathleen Winter

bookshelves: spring-2015, published-2014, radio-4, nonfiction, autobiography-memoir

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from March 18 to 27, 2015

Description: Teresa Gallagher reads Kathleen Winter’s story of her journey as the Writer-in-Residence on a boat travelling through the Northwest Passage, and how the voyage became as much an exploration of her own roots as a venture into the arctic ice fields.

Kathleen Winter was born in Bill Quay, near Gateshead. When she was still young, the family emigrated to Newfoundland. Winter, who now lives in Montreal, was a TV scriptwriter and a newspaper columnist before turning her hand to short stories. Her first collection of stories – ‘boYs’ – was published in 2007 and her first novel ‘Annabel’ came out three years later.

‘Annabel’ was shortlisted for the three main Canadian literary prizes in 2010 – the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Rogers’ Writers’ Trust Prize and the Governor General’s Award. This year, Boundless was shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Award for non-fiction.
Abridged by Pete Nichols
Producer: Karen Rose
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

Episode 1: When a man called Noah invites you on a boat trip…

Episode 2: A Viking Funeral.

Episode 3: In the Sermermuit Valley, the author is thrilled by a symphony of ice.

Episode 4: On Dundas Island, the arctic animals lay claim to their habitat.

Episode 5: As the passengers prepare for journey’s end, there is an unscheduled stop.

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