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K. Valerie Connor Poetry Prize

Leacock Museum is pleased to officially announce an annual celebration of poetry named in honour of former Orillia resident and museum volunteer K. Valerie Connor.

The K. Valerie Connor Memorial Poetry Celebration will be staged for the first time on July 21 of this year in conjunction with the annual Leacock Summer Festival (July 19-24).

“Valerie was a tireless worker for the museum and a real lover of poetry,” said Leacock Museum curator Fred Addis. “We’re so pleased to be able to pay tribute to her through this unique annual event.”

Each year, during the festival, prizes will be awarded for the best poems submitted by residents of Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. A total of $1,600 in prizes will be awarded in the first year, in both adult and student categories. The poet awarded the top adult prize will receive $750. Winners will be honoured at a special afternoon awards tea staged at the Leacock Museum on Thursday, July 21.

Submissions for this year’s celebration will be received starting April 15 and close on June 30. Full details on rules and submission requirements are available from the Leacock Museum.

In addition, a Poetry Pub Night will be staged during the festival under the same banner, featuring readings by professional, published poets.

The K. Valerie Connor Memorial Poetry Celebration is funded by the Estate of K. Valerie Connor and administered by the Leacock Museum National Historic Site, Department of Parks, Culture and Recreation, City of Orillia.


Fred Addis, Curator, Leacock Museum National Historic Site

Tel.: 705-329-1908     Email: faddis@leacockmuseum.com



The Sunroom Leacock’s original work table is found in situ, where he attended daily to business correspondence and the estate’s accounts.

The solarium roof has been restored and the original glazing replaced with archival quality UV filtering glass to protect the art and artifacts on display.

Situated to the south of the Sunroom is the Sundial Terrace, where in 1929 Leacock hand inscribed in the sundial’s base, Horas Brevas | Annos Longos | Hic Sol Illuminet. (Hours are short | Years are long | Here the sun shines).1

In the 1935 essay “The Lake Simcoe Country” Leacock described his locale as being, “the frontier of the sunshine …”

1. Virginia Careless, Consulting Curator of History, Victoria

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