Sundial Writers Corner

The Sundial Writers Corner is one of WLRH's longest running programs and greatest traditions. For more than 20 years, Sundial has featured prose and poetry submitted by talented Tennessee Valley wordsmiths. Enjoy commentaries, short stories, poems and everything in between, told in the voice of the author. Many of our writers have received awards at the state and national level, while others are exhibiting their creative abilities for the first time. The Sundial Writers Corner airs Mondays at 9am, right after Morning Edition. There will also be special Sundial segments during The Public Radio Hour Thursday nights at 7pm!

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Listen to Past Episodes

Sundial Writers Corner "Kathryn Tucker Windham" (12/17/2018)

Monday, December 17, 2018

Alabama's treasured storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham remembers a time when her Christmas dream came true--miracles come about in many ways!

Sundial - Rose Battle "Three Miles Back" [12/10/18]

Monday, December 10, 2018

In this episode of the Sundial Writers Corner, Rose Battle shares a story of Christmas, three miles back, on Battle Hill where she spent her childhood amid adventures, colorful relatives, and a menagerie of pets.

Sundial Writers Corner "Melissa Ford Thornton" (12/3/2018)

Thursday, November 29, 2018

On this week's episode of Sundial Writers Corner, Melissa Ford Thornton enters the holiday season somewhat reluctantly, but finds that revisiting childhood memories warms her heart. 

Sundial Writers Corner "Paul Harrison" (11-19-2018)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Sundial Writer Paul Harrison uses a story about his Dad's childhood to illustrate the Power of Kindness.

Sundial Writers Corner "Susan Luther" (11/11/2018)

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Sundial Writers Contributor Susan Luther allows us to join us in a moment of observation of life in the world around her.

Sundial Writers Corner "Rachel Gregory" (11/5/2018)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Poet, business analyst and cellist Rachel Gregory brings us two poems this week on the SWC, one portraying a lovely moment in late afternoon, the other a study of personal relationships. 

Sundial Writers Corner "Jimmy Robinson" (10-29-2018)

Monday, October 29, 2018

Sundial Contributor Jimmy Robinson takes us with him on a journey to Spain, where he has a lifelong dream come true.

The Sundial Writers Corner "Kathryn Tucker Windham" (10/22/18)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

This week we bring you two stories from Kathryn Tucker Windham: one of a long lost autumn tradition, and one about the ghost named Jeffrey that shares her life.

The Sundial Writers Corner "Sara McDaris" (10/15/2018)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Sundial Writer Sara McDaris brings us a story that combines the whimsy of a fairy tale with the practicality of our everyday lives.

The Sundial Writers Corner "Eugene Ham" (10-8-18)

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Sundial contributor Eugene Ham reminds us that "anybody who produces an utterance in a lnaguage has an accent!"

Sundial Writers Corner 'Collin Williams" (10/1/18)

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Huntsville Literary Association's Young Writer's Contest Winner Collin Williams tells an underwater tale of transition.

Sundial Writers Corner "Rose Battle" 9/24/2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

Sundial Writers Corner contributor Rose Battle weaves a tale of mistaken identity that goes on for years.

Sundial Writers Corner "Joyce Billingsley" (9/13/18)

Thursday, September 13, 2018

This time in the Sundial Writers Corner we feature Joyce Billingsley, who developed her poers of observation during her time as a community columnist for the Huntsville Times.  In this episode, she wonders of the Queen would be amused or upset at her experiences on the high seas.

Sundial Writers Corner 'Walter Thames' (9/10/18)

Monday, September 10, 2018

In this edition of the Sundial Writers Corner, we feature Walter Thames, a lifelong cook who, after a career that had nothing to do with food, is now indulging an obsession with cuisine, recipes and cooking. He currently runs a healthy meal preparation and catering service called What’s for Supper. Walter regularly contributes his reflections on cooking and a life spent enjoying good food on WLRH.

Sundial Writers Corner "Monita Soni - Nighttime Sky" (9/3/18)

Thursday, September 6, 2018

In this episode of the Sundial Writer's Corner, Monita Soni tells us about the summer night sky of her childhood in India and how she reflects back on it from her new home in the Tennessee Valley.

Sundial Writers Corner - Young Writers Winners (8/27/18)

Monday, August 27, 2018

In the episode of the Sundial Writers Corner, we feature more winners from the Huntsville Literary Association's Young Writers Contest. We'll hear from Cecelia Poehlman of Bob Jones High Schools, Rachel Stoner of St. John Paul Catholic School and Joshua Macri of Asbury School. 

Sundial Writers Corner 'Margaret Vann' (8/19/18)

Monday, August 20, 2018

This time in the Sundial Writers Corner, we feature longtime resident of Huntsville and member of the Coweta Poets group, Margaret J Vann. Margaret has had poems published in various works.She’s an avid wildflower enthusiast and gardener. Here she’s written of things contained within and heard from afar ... and that coffee shops are good places to eavesdrop!

Sundial Writers Corner - Calvin Engstrom 'Diction' 8/13/18

Saturday, August 11, 2018

This episode of The Sundial Writers Corner features James Clemens HIgh School junior Calvin Engstrom, this year’s winner of the Huntsville Literary Association’s Young Writer’s contest in the senior division. Calvin stays busy on the cross county team and loves acting in plays.  His short story, entitled “Diction” is a rhythmic tale of a young man’s quest to make the world a better place.


Sundial Writers Corner - Kathryn Tucker Windham 'Summertime' 8/6/18

Monday, August 6, 2018

Today, we relaunch one of WLRH’s greatest traditions, the Sundial Writers Corner. We’ll start things off with a commentary from master storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham. It seems as we draw to the end of summer we wish it could last forever. Mrs. Windham remembers her summers as a child, and says they always found ways to entertain themselves …

Melissa Ford Thornton 'A Day in the Life' (January 11, 2018)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Melissa Ford Thornton is in the SUNDIAL Writer's Corner today - when a close friend's grandmother died, Melissa helped her friend discover the often overlooked moments that had made the woman's life rich and truly extraordinary...




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