The Media Club of
"Penning the Future"
Monday, February 22, 2010
Guest speaker: Hon. Flora MacDonald, P.C., C.C.
Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands from 1972 - 1988. A
leader in peace, health and world issues, she will speak about her work
with girls in Afghanistan.
Where: Library and Archives
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: $20, Media Club members $15
includes light meal.
Coffee only $7.00
RSVP: June Coxon 613 521-4855
Discusses Kit Coleman
Although Kit Coleman
was a private person behind the facade of her newspaper columns,
Fiamengo told us the story of her life she had pieced together for her
was a life that Kit herself proclaimed to be
women’s pages were introduced as regular features of Canadian
newspapers in the
1800s. Although Kit Coleman, who knew French, Italian, Spanish and
for such pages, her column didn’t stick to the usual
women’s pages topics. She
preferred to write about world events, sprinkling her columns, called
Kingdom”, with quotations from many sources. Consequently she
had many male
readers as well as women. And she received letters from readers, whom
called her ‘paper friends’, from numerous places
around the world as well as
across Canada. Her writing included advice to readers who wrote to her.
illustrate why readers found her daily columns so fascinating for three
decades, Fiamengo’s handout included some of Kit’s
responses to her readers
that ran in her columns.
in Ireland, she
migrated to Canada where she worked for the he Toronto Mail as
columnist until 1911. It was while working for that newspaper that she
in 1898, the first accredited female Canadian war correspondent.
Kit Coleman include Barbara Freidman’s Kit’s
Kingdom, and Ted Ferguson’s book
called Queen of Hearts.
died in 1915, created a persona,” said Fiamengo, who left us
with the question,
‘is the person we meet in her columns really her?’