"Master of the Short Story"
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Born Alice Ann Laidlaw on 10 July 1931, in Wingham, Ontario, Canada, her awards include Governor General's Awards (1968, 1978, 1986), the Giller Prize (1998, 2005), Man Booker International Prize (2009), and the Nobel Prize in Literature (2013). Her marriage to James Munro in 1951 produced three daughters, and ended in a divorce in 1792.
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My wife and I arrived midway through the reception, and took a picture of SSF President David Hunter, Pearl Grieve Nixon (Oor Club), Lloyd Preston and Patricia Ross inthe Bar area. Director David Campbell was with a group in the Reception area, and I also managed to capture a photo of former Director and Scot-of-the-Year Doug Gibson with his wife Jane beside the sketch of Alice Munro. Finally, the guests were piped into the dining hall by Rory Sinclair.
During the evening we were entertained by Meghan Bold's Bold Steps Highland Dancers and the Mystic Fyre Celtic Trio led by Ross Daly. Pho tos will be followed by videos by Director Doug Ross (#1 & #3) and Director Bill Davidson (#2 & #4).
We'll begin with a view from the stage. Then we'll proceed from the back to the front going left to right. The final photo will be from the left back corner towards the stage.
Our President of the Scottish Studies Foundation, David Hunter, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. I thank David for sending me the "Running Order" to insert in this report.
Director David Campbell delivered his lively and inimitable Address to A Haggis. . . assisted by Director Maggie McEwan as Scotch Bearer and Rory Sinclair with the bagpipes.
Director and Secretary John McMillan provided some history before delivering the Selkirk Grace.
Director and Chair of Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph, Dr. James Fraser, provided an outline of the work being done and being planned by the Scottish Studies Centre. The future definitely depends upon the generosity of the membership of the Scottish Studies Foundation to whom Dr. Fraser proposed a toast on the occasion of our 30th anniversary.
Speaking of the 30th Anniversary of the Scottish Studies Foundation, here is a behind-the-scene peak at those responsible for this celebration . . . Maggie McEwan, David Hunter and Heather Bridge.
Here are a few photos as we wandered oot an' aboot.
1. I revisited the meeting room which was beside the reception area, and I took a photo of the corner which commemorated a visit by Grey Owl shortly after I met him long ago. Close-up pictures were obtained during a previous event at the Arts and Letters Club. See http://www.ross-ter.com/Favourites/People/GreyOwl.html if you wish.
2. I took a photo of Pearl and Jimmy Nixon before the dinner. We cannot thank Pearl enough for the success of the Oor Club.
3. I couldn't resist taking a photo of the dessert during the meal.
4. After the programme, I snapped a photo of Breanna Wells and John McMillan. I thank Breanna for putting up with me during the Gay Gordon; we must give it another try in the future.
Alice Munro attended the presentation of the Scot of the Year Award to Doug Gibson in 2005.