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Smokeroom on the Kyle
by Ted Russell
Illustrated by Tara Fleming

Smokeroom on the Kyle
by  Ted Russell
Illustrated by Tara Fleming

ISBN: 978-1-77117-607-10
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 18

Price: CDN$14.95

Book Description
Tall are the tales that fishermen tell when summer’s work is done,
Of fish they’ve caught and birds they’ve shot, and crazy risks they’ve run.
But never did fishermen tell a tale so tall by half a mile,
As Grampa Walcott told one night in the smokeroom on the Kyle.

Ted Russell’s “Smokeroom on the Kyle” made its debut on CBC Radio, when Uncle Mose regaled audiences in the 1950s and ’60s with tales about a little town called Pigeon Inlet. The famous poem has lived on in recitation, performed by many for schools, radio, and television. Now, this whimsical yarn about jigging squid in outport Newfoundland and Labrador appears for the first time as an illustrated book for children.

Smokeroom on the Kyle is a Newfoundland and Labrador classic brought to life through gorgeous watercolour illustrations. It is written by Ted Russell, also known as Uncle Mose, and illustrated by Tara Fleming, an artist who has worked on such television series as Republic of Doyle and Frontier.

About the Author
Edward “Ted” Russell was born in Coley’s Point, Conception Bay, in 1904. In 1953 he was offered a spot on CBC Radio’s Fishermen’s Broadcast as Uncle Mose. The highly successful “The Chronicles of Uncle Mose” continued until 1962. During this period Ted also wrote several radio plays, all of which were broadcast by CBC. The last years of his working life were spent on the faculty of Memorial University (English department) from which he retired in 1973. He died four years later. Ted married Dora Oake (of Change Islands) in 1934. They had five children: Rhona, Elizabeth “Betty,” June, Margaret “Peggy,” and Kelly.

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