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    The Frye Festival

    One of the highlights of May’s wonderful Frye Festival in Moncton was something called the Frye Jam, in which 6 writers (3 anglophone, 3 francophone) were invited to read their work alongside Les Paiens. These spectacularly talented musicians improvised in, around, and through the texts, and the results were mesmerizing, the music injecting colour and texture beneath the words, increasing their intensity, and bringing them to life in new and unexpected ways. Many of the texts literally danced (and so did Sean Michaels, author of Us Conductors). What a treat it was.

    Frye Jam

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    Spring Shows, Talks & Readings

    Theatre Collingwood will be hosting a performance of Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter at the Historic Gayety Theatre (not making that up) in Collingwood, Ontario on April 11, and I’ll be performing and reading at the great Frye Festival in Moncton, New Brunswick, on May 2.

    I’ll be doing two other events this spring before retreating to my writing desk for the summer: reading with the brilliant Alison Pick at Hamilton’s GritLit Festival (April 18/19), and I’ll be the keynote speaker at the Canadian Non-Fiction Collective‘s annual conference in Victoria, BC on April 24.

    Details for all of these events can be found on the Upcoming Events page.



    I’m delighted to be returning to Peterborough, Ontario, to be the Writer-in-Residence at Champlain College, Trent University. In addition to working with students, I’ll be offering a performance of Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: the one-woman show (Thursday, March 26 @ 8pm at the Nozhem Theatre of Gzowski College), as well as a talk/reading at Catherine Parr Traill College on Tuesday, March 24 @ 7pm. Details of both these events can be found on the Upcoming Events page. Champlain

    Colour & Light


    A glimpse of Tepoztlán, Mexico, the setting of the Under The Volcano Master Classes, where I had the great pleasure of guiding the program’s memoir workshop last month. Happily, I will be back on the faculty next year, so if you are interested in spending ten days of January 2016 writing, learning, wandering along streets that looks like THIS, and delighting in all things literary and Mexican, please consider taking a gander at this program.

    Upcoming Performance

    The Faculty of Arts of Wilfrid Laurier University is hosting a performance of Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter, Alison’s one-woman show based on her bestselling memoir, at the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall on Thursday, February 12, in Waterloo, Ontario.

    Admission is free. Reception to follow.

    Books will be for sale before and after the performance.







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