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  • Alison Wearing

  • ~ Writer/Performer ~

  • ★★★★★
    ~ CVV Magazine

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    Spring Shows, Talks & Readings

    There are two performances of Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter coming up this spring: Theatre Collingwood will be hosting a performance 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.theatre collingwood


    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.







    Mexican Radio Interview

    2015 Begins in Mexico

    I am delighted and honoured to be part of the faculty of the Under The Volcano writing program again this year. The ten-day program offers workshops in fiction, poetry and cultural journalism, as well as the terrain I’ll be guiding people through: memoir.

    I’ll be posting updates and photos on my Facebook page, if you’d like to join the fun from a distance. And if you’d like to consider the program for next year, I can only say this: there might be better ways to spend ten days in the middle of January than in a gorgeous Mexican town devoting oneself to writing among fascinating people and all things inspiring, but I can’t really think of any.


    Happy 2015, everyone. May it bring beauty and peace ~

    Fall/Winter Colour

    I’ve been enjoying a season of workshops.

    There is something uniquely wonderful about a small gathering of people sharing their personal stories, but it is an exceptional experience when these people might never have found themselves around the same table otherwise. Every workshop I offered filled with people whose life experiences were as diverse as they were rich and fascinating (despite everyone feeling initially that their lives weren’t very interesting–why do we all feel that?), and the result was explosive creativity and laughter.

    I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I adore this work.

    I’m hunkering down for the winter now, enjoying a semi-hibernation  and focussing on my own writing. In January, I’ll be making my annual pilgrimage to Mexico, this time to teach as part of the faculty of Under the Volcano, a ten-day program of master classes in the spectacular town of Tepoztlan. As far as I know, the memoir class is full, but there is always next year…

    And lastly, I saw a photograph of an installation by Jim Lambie at the MoMA and was inspired to make my bathroom floor less boring. I am told that the photos don’t do justice to the real thing, but in any case, it makes for very psychedelic peeing.

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    Answers to FAQs:

    1. It’s done with strips of vinyl tape. LOTS of them.

    2. No idea how many hours it took, only that I listened to PLENTY of podcasts of The Next Chapter while taping, snipping, adjusting, etc.

    3. I didn’t have a plan; I just made it up as I went along. (That should be my epitaph.)

    4. No idea how durable it will be. Might put verathane on it and cross my fingers.

    5. My partner and son kind of like it…now.

    What’s that old adage? You know it’s time to close a blog post when you start showing photos of your bathroom floor?

    Yes, well, I’m done.

    Have a gorgeous winter ~

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