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Two Novels by BARBARA PYM
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Patrick Donohue: Who Does He Think He Is?

Ok. You want to know something about me. Fair enough. If I'm going to sound off about other people's work, they have a right to know where the opinions are coming from.

Most of my professional life so far has been spent as a writer and freelance journalist. My articles on a wide variety of topics have appeared in many Canadian and American publications. In the 1980s, I worked for a couple of years as a staff writer in the Communications Department of the University of Toronto. If there has been areas of specialty in my journalism, you might say it has tended towards family, the arts, spirituality and generally matters of human interest. My preferred style is usually light and humourous. My articles have won a number of awards and I have served as a juror for national journalism competitions.

Years ago, I did a lot of freelance writing for CBC radio and TV in Vancouver, mostly in the areas of humour and variety. My short stories have appeared in various publications and have won some awards.

In recent years, my writing has focussed mostly on books and plays. My book Grappling With God: The Naked Truth About My Spiritual Life was published by Novalis in 1994. (I believe it's out of print.) In 1998, I published I Give You My Word: The Autobiography of Mary, the Mother of Jesus through my own company, Arcadie Books. (You can still get a copy through the US distributor, New Leaf, but I believe the Canadian distributor has disappeared into the frozen wasteland.) I have also ghost-written or collaborated on various other books.

In the last few years, I have staged public workshop performances of some of my plays. I have also acted in two one-man shows Roses From Heaven and My Dying Day that I wrote for Fringe festivals in various venues across Canada. The latter play was directed by the well-known Dora-award winning Toronto actor Liza Balkan. I have also appeared recently at Toronto’s Alumne Theatre in Modern Ritual by Rob Downes.

As for my education, I attended St. Peter's Seminary in London, Ont., where I received a BA in philosophy (or "Pre-theology" as it was technically called) from the University of Western Ontario. I left the seminary after five and a half years, just a little more than a year short of ordination to the priesthood.

While in the seminary, I became very active in student politics on the UWO campus and was acclaimed to the position of the first student representative on the university's board of governors. I was also very involved in the UWO student newspaper, The Gazette, where my whimsical column, "The White Collar Worker" ran for several years.

My first training in watercolours was with the very accomplished Jane Hunter in Sarnia, Ont. She had just returned from studies at the Ontario College of Art and I was, I believe, her first student. The teacher with whom I have studied most in Toronto is the well-known Canadian watercolourist Margaret Roseman, the founder of the Toronto Watercolour Society. I am now on the executive of the TWS and have won a couple of small prizes for my watercolours.

My first piano studies, up to the grade eight level, were with Pauline McGregor in Sarnia, Ont. As an adult, I studied for several years with Margaret Grant, a distinguished Toronto teacher and adjudicator, and the author of Your Child and the Piano. More recently, I have been studying with Sue Polanyi who is very prominent in Toronto musical circles. When the legendary impresario Nicki Goldschmidt was organizing projects, Sue was always one of his willing committee members.

Long ago, I studied singing (mostly lieder) with Madame Catharina Hendrikse in Vancouver. She is famous for having discovered the great Canadian baritone Cornelius Opthoff. Apparently, Mme Hendrikse's knack for picking winners did not pan out in my case.

My wife Jane and I live in Toronto where she teaches high school English. Our son Michael is an economist with Environment Canada in Ottawa. He keeps an eye on things like the economic effects of acid rain. Our daughter Madeleine is a recent graduate of George Brown Theatre School. She won the Second City prize for best comic performer in her graduating class. Like most young actors, she works in the food services industry between acting gigs.

You can reach me at patrick@dilettantesdiary.com