… and the writer is behind in all things. Loads of interesting goings-on lately, though some ,of which I tried to document on my camera with the wonky memory card.
But perhaps this is like the whole books vs movies argument — some things remain better unphotographed, clearer and more resonant in the mind’s eye.
And yet — take a look at this:
Okay, so maybe my week hasn’t been quite as interesting as that experinced in Egypt, but I still have a few things to report.
Attended the first-ever west coast Writers Trust event the other night, where David Suzuki received the George Woodcock prize for outstanding literary achievement, and a performance of AFTER THE FLOOD took place, with its author [one Margaret Atwood] standing in as narrator. CBC’s Shelagh Rogers was there as emcee, wearing a pair of terribly fetching tights. I tweeted most of the event, so those of you who follow my twitter feed got an up-close and personal view. If you’d like to hear an excerpt of David Suzuki’s marvellous accpetance speech [the bit where he slags Stockwell Day’s ability to make an informed decision when the man “doesn’t even believe in evolution!” deserves to be heard in its entirety, believe me!] you can find it HERE on Sean Cranbury’s BOOKS ON THE RADIO page.
I was the only person in attendance wearing army boots, but still managed to find a few of my own kind in attendance — friends and past attendees from the Surrey International Writers Conference included Timothy Taylor [who is also apparently a Board Member of the Writers’ Trust], the Book Broads, Stephen Galloway, George McWhirter, agents Carolyn Swayze and Barry Jones, film-makers Maureen Palmer and Helen Slinger of Bountiful Films, and of course the redoubtable Sean Cranbury. It was an interesting evening, and a jewel in the Writers Trust crown to hold such a successful event in gorgeous Vancouver instead of snow-locked Toronto for a change!
Just about to leap into the planning stages of a tour to the Canadian Maritimes this spring, so spread the word. If you know someone who’d like to have their school or library or book group added to the tour, please contact me at the address below, and we’ll make it work. In the short meantime, I have a bunch of other events to add to my appearance itinerary, so perhaps I’ll see you somewhere nearby!
Okay, back to movie-making — something special for my creative writing class this week.