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Al Pittman (CA)

Down by Jim Long's Stage

Down by Jim Long's Stage

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A long-cherished children's classic is now back in print! This 25th Anniversary Collectors Edition of the classic children's book is a new illustrated edition. It's time for a new generation of children to enjoy this lighthearted collection of rhymes by the acclaimed poet Al Pittman. All new whimsical illustrations by Pam Hall dance through the pages with a sublime silliness perfectly balancing Pittman's rhymes. Her original work was the Winner of the prestigious Amelia Francis Howard Gibbon Award for best Canadian illustration. The late acclaimed poet and author, Al Pittman, died on August 26, 2001 at the age of sixty-one, after a lengthy illness. He was one of Newfoundland's best contemporary writers. Al built an inte ational reputation over the last 40 years creating award-winning poetry, plays and scripts for radio and television. Some of these include the Borestone Mountain Poetry Award, The Canada Council Arts Award, the Lydia Campbell Award, the Stephen Leacock Centenial Award, The Writer's Alliance Book Award for Poetry and has been inducted into the Arts Council's Hall of Honour. Up until his death he was a Writer in Residence at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Co er Brook, Newfoundland.

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Al Pittman’s writing has been featured in many publications and has been the subject of radio, television and film documentaries. He has given public readings of his work in Canada, the United States and Europe. Among his many literary awards is the Arts Council’s Lydia Campbell Award for Creative Writing in 1985, which Pittman was the first to receive, and the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Poetry in 2001. Al Pittman was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Hall of Honour in 1999. Al Pittman died in August of 2001 at the age of sixty-one.

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