Medrie Purdham has won the 2015 City of Regina Writing Award. There will be a reception in her honour on Monday, May 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Travelodge Hotel & Conference Centre in Regina. At the reception, Medrie will receive the $4,500 award and give a reading from her awarded work. Also honoured during the evening will be runners-up, Tara Gereaux and Cassidy McFadzean. The event is open to the public, everyone is welcome and admission is free.
Judges Aislinn Hunter and Jonathan Ball (see bio's below) selected Purdham’s submission from among many entries. The award is sponsored by the City of Regina and administered by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild.
Jonathan Ball holds a PhD in English and is the author of five books. He also directed two short films, edited the journals dANDelion and The Maelstrom (which he founded), and writes the humour columns “Haiku Horoscopes” and “What Rappers Are Saying.” In 2014, he won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. He lives online at www.jonathanball.com, where he writes about writing the wrong way.
Aislinn Hunter is the author of six books in three genres. Her most recent is a novel, The World Before Us, which was listed in amazon.ca’s ‘Top 10 Canadian Books’ of 2014. Her two collections of poetry have been collectively shortlisted for 5 awards and Into the Early Hours won the Gerald Lampert. Her first novel Stay was turned into a film starring Taylor Schilling and Aidan Quinn. You can find her at www.aislinnhunter.com or on twitter @AislinnHunter.
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