Breaking News from My Porch

I've been doing a fair bit of reading this summer.

It's been delicious (and necessary) to disappear for a while, but I am now stretching up out of hibernation and preparing for several shows and events.

Before I get into all of that, however, it gives me tremendous delight to announce that after years of being a 'one-woman show' in far too many respects, Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter will now be represented by the Fox Entertainment Agency. Essentially, this means that I am no longer solely responsible for finding, organising and arranging every performance I do, and the show now has Tammy Fox's sterling reputation behind it. I also get a kick out of being on the same roster as some of my heroes (Tom Allen, Evalyn Parry, Mary Walsh). I still remember seeing Mary Walsh perform as part of the Newfoundland comedy troupe CODCO in the early 1980s and hoping that someday I would be as ballsy and feisty as she was. (Still working on it.)


I'll be offering a couple of writing workshops this fall in and around Stratford, Ontario, and I'll send out those details once everything is confirmed. In the meantime, I do have information about some upcoming shows, as well as the Under the Volcano master classes in Tepoztlán, Mexico, where I will be teaching again this coming January. If you have considered this program and are interested in working with me on a memoir project, please jump on it this year. The faculty is constantly changing and rejuvenating, and there are other writers clamouring for this post, so I have no idea how much longer I will have the opportunity to teach as part of this fabulous workshop.

For more information about Under the Volcano, here is a link to the website with a 5-minute video that gives a bit of a taste of the place and the program. Please don't be scared off by the notion that you must be an experienced writer already deeply at work on a project in order to apply. People's abilities and projects (and ages and backgrounds) range tremendously and the program is worth exploring even if you do not consider yourself an 'experienced' writer. Under the Volcano runs from 14-24 January 2016.

In the meantime, here's what I've got cooking closer to home:

The Gabriola Island Theatre Festival, off the coast of Vancouver Island, is a terrific festival with a first-rate lineup. If I weren't busy performing, I'd make a weekend of it and see everything! If you're in the area, please consider. I'll be doing only one show: Saturday, August 15 @ 9pm.

For the two weeks surrounding that festival, I'll be performing at the Harbour City Theatre
(25 Victoria Road) in Nanaimo, BC. Info & tickets for those performances here

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I am so happy to be returning to Fifth Wind Farm to do another fundraiser for SONG: Sounds of the Next Generation. If you are in the Peterborough/Cobourg area, please consider joining me at this gorgeous and inspiring place. The gardens alone make for a spectacular autumn outing. And the show's not too bad either.

Fifth Wind Farm; Cold Springs, Ontario
Friday, September 18 @ 8pm
Tickets: fifthwinds@gmail.com

Aaaaand that's it for now. I'm in the middle of a top secret project, which I will be able to talk about in the fall, but until then I'll leave you with a few reading recommendations:

Us Conductors by Sean Michael
This novel won the Giller Prize last year, so many of you may have already read it. If you haven't, do. There are dozens of reasons why this books shines and soars, but the main one is its exquisite and lyrical writing. My mind danced and spun on almost every page.

The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant
This book knocked my huaraches off. It's a brilliant, if brutal, portrait of contemporary Mexico and an absolutely gripping novel. The writing glistens like a wet fist and the story is pure dynamite. Fabulous, though not for the faint of heart.

I Saw A Man by Owen Sheers
I had the pleasure of teaching alongside Owen at last year's Under the Volcano writing program, where we all heard him read from this novel. It is a stirring GEM. In fact, I can recommend taking a look at anything this ridiculously talented man has ever written: Resistance (another novel--brilliant), Pink Mist (verse drama--brilliant), Skirrid Hill (poetry--brilliant), blah blah blah. It's obscene how much fantastic literature this man has already created. He'll be at the Vancouver Writers Fest and the IFOA in Toronto in the fall, so watch for that. And if you'd like to take advantage of the opportunity to work with him directly, he'll be at Under the Volcano again this coming January teaching the poetry workshop. (That's called a chance of a lifetime.)

I've already posted this on Facebook, but for those who don't attend that virtual cocktail party, here's a great anecdote from the other night: My son (who turns 16 this week!) turned to his father over dinner and said, "Maybe you should take one for the team and fall for a man. Then Mama would have a sequel."

with uproarious cheers from a sunny porch in Stratford, Ontario ~

Alison