Wednesday, January 13, 2021

 JUST PUBLISHED!

NEW PICTURE BOOK 

BY REX DEVERELL

ILLUSTRATED

by

SHELTON DEVERELL 

 


Muddle in the Park

 

A child roams through a city park. So much to see! So many animals squabbling and climbing and flying and fleeing and peeking through the trees and along the trails. But there,  deep in the park what do we see? To our surprise, a puddle of water and all the animals drinking together. A beautiful lesson about how differences can be overcome and how we can all gather around the same pools for sustenance.

 The book, for early readers and preschool children, was based on a child’s observation and written by award winning writer, Rex Deverell. It is gorgeously illustrated in watercolours by artist, Shelton Deverell.

Muddle in the Park

 

A child roams through a city park. So much to see! So many animals squabbling and climbing and flying and fleeing and peeking through the trees and along the trails. But there deep in the park what do we see? To our surprise, a puddle of water and all the animals drinking together. A beautiful lesson about how differences can be overcome and how we can all gather around the same pools for sustenance.

 

The book, for early readers and preschool children, was based on a childs observation and written by award winning writer, Rex Deverell. It is gorgeously illustrated in watercolours by artist, Shelton Deverell.

 

This picture book began on the front lawn of a public library. We had put out acall for neighbourhood children and grown-ups to join our theatre project. Weasked them to tell us stories about their town by Lake Ontario. Muddle in the Park” was inspired by one of those stories.

The library was in Mimico a little town that has been swallowed up by the big City of Toronto. In the end we made a play together with music and art work and laughing and fun.

And then I wrote the words for this book and Shelton Deverell painted the pictures

Thanks to all the Mimico people who were part of this wonderful project. Thanks to Mimico Public Library, Lakeshore Arts, and Mixed Company Theatre fo rmaking it all possible.

And thanks our friends who read the book in draft helped us to get it into print: Cynthia Reyes, Pat Brennan, Greg Watson, Grace Morton, and James Morton.

 


 



The softcover book is available  at A Different Booklist in Toronto, and Manticore Books in Orillia.  

We will also mail it directly to you, if you contact us by email. 

The digital version is also available online here :https://www.blurb.ca/b/10367838-muddle-in-the-park

 Or on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08SVVFMH6/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Muddle+in+the+Park&qid=1610574547&sr=8-1

Tuesday, August 06, 2019




June and July have been a blast for Rita


We are grateful and thankful for the successful run of Who You Callin Black Eh? at the Toronto Fringe Festival July 4-14, and deeply honoured to have been awarded the Teen Jury Critics Prize (TeenJur).



Please check out this review of American Refugees: Turning to Canada for Freedom.




And this interview which aired July 4 on CBC TV Toronto, host Dwight Drummond:

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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Rita Deverell's Book "American Refugees" to be published.

American Refugees: Looking to Canada for Freedom 
is slated for publication in April of 2019 by University of Regina Press. 
 When it became clear that Donald Trump would become the new US president on election night in 2016, the website for Citizenship and Immigration Canada crashed. It was overwhelmed by Americans afraid that the United States would once again enter a period of intolerance and military aggression. In American Refugees, Rita Deverell shows that from the Revolutionary War to the Underground Railroad through to McCarthyism and Vietnam, Americans have fled to Canada in times of crisis. Many still flee. All have sought better lives, while helping to shape Canada into the country it is today.


It can be pre-ordered from Amazon. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Rex Deverell's

PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE II


At the Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival July 20-29, 2018



Monday, April 23, 2018

Bird plays Hildegard: Anima Felix

News update:

Rita named ACTRA  Woman of the Year!
Press Release

Photographic Evidence II
   An extended version of Rex's play about Geraldine Moodie will be performed at the Hamilton Fringe Festival this summer. (July 19 - July 29) 


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer of '17 Update



Rex has a 15 minute, one woman play in this site-specific theatrical event. "Photographic Evidence" is about a remarkable woman photographer, granddaughter of Susanna Moodie, one of the first to photograph portraits in the Canadian North West and High Arctic. Nicolle Wilson brings Geraldine Moodie to vivid life  in this Mixed Company production directed by Simon Malbogat.
Come and stroll along the Humber River in Toronto and see all six vignettes and find out about remarkable events and characters associated with the river. .

Rita --CBC Radio’s The Doc Project: a documentary about Rita has just been posted as part of a series featuring 15 black women:

Rita and Anthony --Crestwood Preparatory School Oral History Project: Our grade 10 friend Anthony Radford-Grant crafted an excellent historical video doc about Rita:

Rita--Canadian Race Relations Foundation: Check out Rita and others on the CRRF website: http://www.crrf-fcrr.ca/en/about/community/item/26468-deverell-rita-shelton

 Rita --Lakehead University Orillia: At the June 10th. Convocation Rita had the great thrill of receiving the Honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters:

 Rita --ROM Trustee: Rita was appointed by Order in Council to the Royal Ontario Museum’s Board of Trustees in January 2017. 

Rex -- has received a commission to write the text for the new hymn to celebrate the 190'th anniversary of First Baptist Church, Halifax.(September 24, 2017)