Island author Kathy Birt will launch her memoir Just A Glimpse on November 26 at 2 pm at The Haviland Club in Charlottetown.
Kathy has woven stories about her childhood growing up in Covehead Road with stories about her adult life and a section devoted to her two sons, Jeffrey and Tyler Jorgensen and their early childhood innocence and antics. Over the years, Kathy has had some of her shorter stories read on CBC Radio and has also devoted a section in the book to those stories. The book begins with the untimely death of Kathy’s father, Russell Birt in 1949, when she was just two years of age.
Birt shared each story with her weekly writer’s group, TWiG, The Writer’s in Group and says the feedback and encouragement was rewarding. “It wasn’t always easy to go back over my life, because life wasn’t always good to me. It has been both profound at times as well as offering a healing process to what I can term, wounded emotions,” said Birt.
Her first memoir story was written in 1994, the second in 1995, and over the years until 2012, she just dabbled at it. When she joined TWiG in 2012 and retired from the active workforce, she began in earnest to write the stories. The book is dedicated to her late mother, Evelyn Marshall-Birt-Ross and will be launched on Evelyn’s birthday.
CBC executive producer Geoff Hussey says, “Well-known Island author Kathy Birt has the unique ability to bring the Prince Edward Island of 50 plus years ago truly alive. Just as Norman Rockwell’s art did for the Saturday Evening Post cover, her descriptive prose truly captures the people’s looks and attitudes, as well as the colors, the moods, and even the smells of the place, be it town or country. She has a remarkable talent in this way, one that may bring tears to the eyes of those for whom remembrance truly matters. Ms. Birt has vivid memories of those times and some of her stories may even be similar to those of the readers.”
The book is available in PEI books stores and at Charlottetown Farmer’s Market.