Finding yourself among the slag heaps of Sudbury (Sudbury Star – April 25, 2019)

Acclaimed Greater Sudbury writer Tom Leduc is set to launch Slagflower: Poems Unearthed from a Mining Town, his debut collection of poetry, during an event at the Sudbury Theatre centre on Friday. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

More than just a collection of poems, Slagflower is the story of a fourth-generation son of miners and his journey beyond the world underground, as well as the tale of a city struggling to grow beyond its past and become more than just a mining town.

Inspired in part by Leduc’s family history, the book invites readers to reflect on what it means to grow up in a mining town and “find yourself — and beauty — among the slag heaps.” Slagflower will be available for sale for $20, at the launch event and then through Latitude 46 Publishing, Chapters/Indigo, and other independent book stores.

Leduc recently took some time to participate in The Star’s 10 Questions feature, to discuss Slagflower, what inspires him as a writer, and his plans for the future.

Slagflower is your debut poetry collection, but can you tell us about your background as a writer?

I’ve always enjoyed writing, but struggled in school — a lot. If an English paper were being marked on structure, imagination and content, I would ace it, but if it were being marked on spelling and grammar, I would fail before the teacher would get past the first page. Later in life, I discovered I was dyslexic and because of this I kept my writing to myself for most of my life. It wasn’t until home computers came along with spell check and grammar aids that I started to build enough confidence to show others my work.

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