Item 001 - Literary Rambles with Steve Luxton: Stories about and Poetry of Thomas Gray

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Literary Rambles with Steve Luxton: Stories about and Poetry of Thomas Gray

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CA ETRC P995-2023-017-001

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1 audio-visual recording (film ; 35 min., 54 sec.)

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John Mackley was born in 1959 in Rupert, Idaho, U.S.A. He moved to Canada in 1978 and spent time in Quebec City, Montreal, Laval, Valleyfield, and Kingston, Ontario.

In 1980, he married and settled in Bury, Quebec, where he farmed, organic-gardened, and did private caregiving for 36 years.

John also has experience in photography, retouching, restoration, and other photography-related specialties. He attended Champlain College in 1996 to learn computer management and began working in graphic arts. He worked at Uplands Museum from 1999-2000, expanding his graphic arts experience to include web design and animation.

In 2016, John moved to Maple Leaf where he has immersed himself in writing, videography, graphic design, and management of websites, Facebook pages, and YouTube channels in the context of ArtsUnaean Productions. He is an active member of the editorial committee for the Bury’s IMAGE community newspaper, and an archivist for the Bury Historical and Heritage Society. He has also written articles and columns for Bury’s IMAGE and the Townships Sun magazine, and has produced various other publications and videos.

His first book of historical fiction, set in the Eastern Townships, is due to be published in 2024.

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Filmed by Rachel Garber and produced and edited by John Mackley.

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Item is a short film, videoed by Rachel Garber and John Mackley, and produced and edited by John Mackley, on the life, works, and influence of the renowned poet Thomas Gray. Filmed against the backdrop of the Hatley Cemetery in 2021, Steve Luxton, Poet in Residence of the Lennoxville Library, discusses Thomas Gray's work "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" written in 1751. The film intertwines readings, discussions, and analyses to create a comprehensive narrative about Grays's life and work.

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The video can be viewed on the Atelier ArtsUnaean YouTube channel:

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