GRAND WALKS Episode 1: A Walk Through Wortley with Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue and Daniel Bennett walking in Wortley


A Walk Through Wortley with Emma Donoghue

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Join Daniel and Emma in a stroll through Wortley Village as they chat about what brought her to live in London Ontario and what she loves about the people and local businesses. Emma shares her experience of releasing and promoting her new novel during a pandemic - that is about a pandemic (The Pull Of The Stars). This dynamic duo talk about the opportunity for a more diverse arts and culture community in London and how Emma has come to appreciate virtual theatre. Then, there's that eventful stormy evening ...

Walk the walk or listen from wherever you are in London, Ontario or across the world.

How to Walk the Walk:

  1.  Look at the map and learn your route. If you have a printer, download and print the map or simply follow the map from your device when you arrive at the starting position.
  2.  Download the podcast.
  3.  Travel to starting position located on map.
  4.  Press play and keep directions close by.

A transcript of the conversation with accompanying photos is posted below for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities or for those who prefer to read.  Click here to jump straight to the transcript and photos of the walk.

Coming Soon!
Saturday, October 3 – Hitting the Trails with Western’s President, Alan Shepard 
Saturday, October 10 – Kicking It Through Kipps Lane with Marie Williams

Emma Donoghue's Route:
Wortley Village


Start at the west end of Beaconsfield Avenue on the pedestrian path that leads to Horton Street East and Wharncliffe Road South

Walk East along Beaconsfield Avenue toward Wortley Road

Turn South on Wortley Road and walk to Elmwood Avenue East

Turn West on Elmwood Avenue East

Turn South on Cathcart Street

Turn East on Langarth Street East

Turn North on Wortley Road and end walk in Wortley Green by YMCA

Click map for a larger view

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About Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue is an award-winning novelist, playwright and screenwriter.

Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1969, Emma Donoghue lived in Cambridge, England for eight years while she was doing a PhD in English before relocating to London, Ontario in 1998, where she currently resides with her family.

Her novel Room (2010) was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes and has sold over two million copies. She adapted it into her first feature film, Room, which was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay.

Her most recent novel The Pull of the Stars became a bestseller in the US (New York Times), Canada, Ireland and Britain on publication in July 2020. Set in Dublin during the Great Flu pandemic in 1918, it is about a nurse midwife, a doctor and a volunteer helper living through three days in a maternity quarantine ward.

Emma’s stage adaptation of ROOM premiered at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London England, and was to have its North American premiere at the Grand Theatre in March 2020 prior to a run at Mirvish’s CAA Theatre in April as part of a three-way partnership with U.K.’s Covent Garden Productions. Due to COVID-19, the production was halted hours before opening night.

Learn more about Emma at or follow her on twitter @EDonoghuewriter

Episode 1 Transcript

A Walk Through Wortley with Emma Donoghue   41:51


Please note that this episode was taped in August 2020 and public health protocols for that time period were strictly adhered to by all participants.
Recording cables are 8-10 feet in length and while the perspective of some photos may suggest otherwise, strict adherence to the protocols were followed by all participants.

Emma Donoghue, Daniel Bennett, Lacie George

Photos by Mallory Brown

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