I’m a journalist, writer and TV broadcaster and producer based in Toronto, Canada. In addition to freelance writing, I’m working on a literary anthology of stories by men, soon to be published, about the loss or absence of their fathers.
Now, you may think it’s a little unusual for a woman to be collecting men’s stories, but when I embarked on this project I felt an inevitability about it that I couldn’t quite understand. Trusting my instincts, I started writing the project proposal and when looking for (the very few) reference books on the topic, I realized I had a small collection of them that I’ve been taking around with me to the various places I have lived, for a number of years. They sit right next to the feminism books on my book shelf, starting with Iron John, the seminal work by Robert Bly, attributed with the responsibility for starting the, unfortunately short-lived, 1990s men’s movement. Though I never knew exactly what I might do with the information inside them, it all seems to have come full circle.
Add to that the personal stories of sons without fathers that I have for some inexplicable reason gathered throughout my life, and you have a recipe for a pretty good, and hopefully relatable collection.
I’ll be writing here about my experiences, research and observances about sons who grow up not really knowing their fathers, or having their relationships cheated by death. I invite fathers and/or sons to tell me their stories.
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