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Writing Canada, Eh?

When: March 8—9, 2013

The Artesian (2627-13th Avenue, Regina)

Presenters: Noah Richler, Kimmy Beach, Joel Thomas Hynes, Chrystene Ells

There is no cost for this event

Talking Fresh is a two-day writers’ festival that targets Regina and a wider Saskatchewan community including aspiring writers and anyone interested in writers and books. Now in its eleventh year, Talking Fresh tackles the impact of “place.” This year writers and artists explore writing about place and the influence it has on the local and provincial community through the theme of “Writing Canada: Eh?”

Talking Fresh begins on Thursday, March 7 with the screening of Chrystene Ells' film Sisu—the death of Tom Sukanen. It continues on Friday, March 8 with a panel discussion involving all four writers, and focuses on the theme “Writing Canada: Eh?”. The evening will feature readings by all three writers as they read selections from their books. On Saturday, March 9 our writers will conduct workshop-style sessions related to their particular perspectives: fiction (Hynes), non-fiction (Richler) and poetry (Beach). These presentations will be practical and focus on the craft of writing. They are intended for writers of all levels and the festival is open to the public, as many people will find these sessions interesting and interactive.

Thursday, March 7
7:00 p.m. | Film Screening: Sisu—the death of Tom Sukanen (Chrystene Ells, 2009)
(Venue: Sask. Filmpool Cooperative - #301-1822 Scarth Street)

Friday, March 8
4:00—6:00 p.m. | Panel: Writing Canada, Eh?
6:00—7:30 p.m. | Reception
7:30 p.m. | Readings

Saturday, March 9
9:30 a.m.—10:45 a.m.
Kimmy Beach: “The ‘Indoor’ Poet: Pop Culture and CanLit”

10:45 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Joel Thomas Hynes: “Say Nothing Saw Wood”

Lunch on your own

1:30—2:45 p.m.
Noah Richler: “Putting the Creative in Non-fiction”

3:00 p.m.
Book Launch: Literary History of Saskatchewan

Author biographies:

Kimmy Beach's fifth book is The Last Temptation of Bond (The University of Alberta Press, 2013). She is the author of four collections of poetry with Turnstone Press: Nice Day for Murder: poems for James Cagney (2001, second printing 2004), Alarum Within: theatre poems (2003), fake Paul (2005) and in Cars (2007). Alarum Within was longlisted for the ReLit award and was adapted as a stage play by the University of Toronto at Mississauga, and by Red Deer College's Theatre and Film Studies Programme. Kimmy's work has appeared in many print and online journals across Canada and in the UK, including Orbis, CV2, grain, The Antigonish Review, Room, and Prairie Fire. She has mentored writers throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan, and in 2012, she joined the faculty at Sage Hill Writing Experience where she facilitates (with John Gould) the Introduction to Writing Poetry and Fiction Workshop. Kimmy has served as Writer in Residence for the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, and the Parkland Regional Library. She also organizes and co-facilitates a guided writing retreat/workshop on the Greek island of Crete. She lives in Red Deer, Alberta with her husband, Stu.

Chrystene Ells has 20 years of professional directing and producing experience, having directed dozens of professional theatrical shows, as well as short films and documentaries, and several short animations. Her 2002 feature film Goodbye, Guy Guy screened at festivals in California and New York. Her second feature film, The Making of Toozle and Tinkle, a mockumentary comedy about the making of a low-budget children's television pilot, is currently in post production. In 2009, she completed one of her many long-time dream projects: Sisu — the death of Tom Sukanen, a feature film based on a true Depression-era story set in Saskatchewan. She is creating a series of drawings and paintings as preproduction for Crow's Nest, her next project, visualized as an animation, graphic novel, and installation.

Joel Thomas Hynes is the award-winning author of the novels Down to the Dirt and Right Away Monday. His short fiction and personal essays have been published in numerous anthologies, periodicals and newspapers and is the author of several stage plays, including Incinerator Road, Broken Accidents, The Devil You Don’t Know (co-written with S. White) and his one-man play Say Nothing Saw Wood, which won the Newfoundland Arts and Letters Award for Best Dramatic Script and the Contra Guys Award for Outstanding Script at the SummerWorks Theatre Festival in Toronto. Hynes has performed numerous leading roles for stage, film and television and his first work of poetry, Straight Razor Days, was shortlisted for the 2012 Relit Award.

Noah Richler made documentaries and features for BBC Radio for fourteen years before returning to Canada in 1998. He has been books editor and literary columnist for The National Post and has contributed to numerous publications, including The Guardian, Punch, The Daily Telegraph, The Walrus, Maisonneuve, Saturday Night, The Toronto Star, and The Globe and Mail. He is author of This Is My Country, What's Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada (McClelland and Stewart 2006) and his latest book is What We Talk About When We Talk About War (Goose Lane 2012).

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