Cochrane Public Library is pleased to announce that Cochrane's own - Captain Clotbuster - Martin Parnell is our new 2016/2017 Writer-in-Residence.


Martin Parnell is author of MARATHON QUEST and speaks on having a “Finish the Race Attitude – Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Your Full Potential”. Martin has written for, or been covered by CNNBBCCBCThe Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Runners World, Men’s Journal, Canadian Business, and Maclean’s.

In a five year period, from 2010 to 2014, Martin completed 10 extreme endurance “Quests” including running 250 marathons in one year and raising $1.3m for the humanitarian organization Right To Play. Find out more about Martin at www.martinparnell.com  see what he can do for you in the long run.

About the Writer-in-Residence Program

All writers need to talk about their work and hear someone's response to it. An engaged, thoughtful, discriminating eye and ear can make the difference between perseverance and frustrated failure. Mentorship is also a key contributing factor in the success of an author whether the work is ever published or not. With this in mind, the Cochrane Public Library deems the promotion and support of local writers to be an important part of essential services to the local writing community. The residency is designed to champion local authors and to promote the love of reading and writing. The Writer-in-Residence provides programs and workshops and acts as a mentor to the local writing community, regardless of age, and can be asked to provide constructive criticism and advice during consultations. The workshops will be hosted by the Cochrane Public Library at the Nan Boothby Memorial Library.

Martin will be in his office at the library for the following Tuesday afternoons between 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, Mar. 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Patrons will be able to schedule 1 hour time slots with Martin to discuss their writing. Email the librarian, Andrea Johnston (andrea.johnston@cochranepubliclibrary.ca), to book your one-on-one time with Martin now!

The residency will run from September 30, 2016 to May 30, 2017 year. Funding will be provided by the Cochrane Public Library and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.