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Exile: Writing Beyond the Borders

When: March 7-8, 2014

Research and Innovation Centre Lecture Hall - RIC 119, University of Regina
(3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK) - for directions, please see the map below

Who: Colleen Murphy, Armand Ruffo, Lillian Allen and Bruce Walsh (panel only)

Note: this is a public event, the admission is free and there is no need for registration

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 twelfth year, Talking Fresh tackles the concept of “exile.” This year writers and artists explore writing about various aspects of exile, such as writing while exiled, writing about characters that are displaced, exploring novels and screenplays that have been banished and subsequent reactions from the reader/audience/critics. 

Talking Fresh begins on Friday, March 7 with a panel discussion involving all three writers and Bruce Walsh, and focuses on the theme “Exile: Writing Beyond the Borders.” The evening will also feature readings by all three writers as they read selections from their books.

On Saturday, March 8 our writers will conduct workshop-style sessions related to their particular perspectives: drama (Murphy), non-fiction and prose (Ruffo) and spoken word (Allen). 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.

Friday, March 7: PANEL & READINGS

4:00-6:00 p.m. Panel Discussion
6:00-7:30 p.m. Reception
7:300-9:00 p.m. Readings

Saturday, March 8: CRAFT TALKS & BOOK LAUNCH

9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
"Shifting the Gaze Homeward: The Necessity of Indigenous Literature" - Armand Ruffo

10:45 a.m.-Noon
"Emotional Theatre: A Country Without Flags, A Land Without Borders" - Colleen Murphy

Noon-1:30 p.m. Intermission - lunch on your own

1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
"Creating this very landscape we walk on" - Lillian Allen

3:00 p.m. Launch of Literary History of Saskatchewan Vol.2

Author bios:

Lillian Allen -- grassroots artist, cultural activist and university professor -- is considered a godmother of rap/hiphop, dub and spoken word. Her work is used across the educational spectrum, encompassing alternate learning contexts from kindergarten to post graduate studies. ​Lillian's highly crafted and empowering poetics forges a contemporary sensibility and springs from a deep well of understanding and rooted knowledge about the cares, struggles, hopes, dreams and the possible futures of women, men and young people - of the textured multiverses we inhabit. Themes of transformation and incisive perspective lace the body of her work.

Colleen Murphy has two new plays premiering in 2013, Armstrong’s War (Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver) and Pig Girl (Theatre Network in Edmonton)  In 2011/12 she was the Playwright-in-Residence at Finborough Theatre in London, UK, where three of her plays were produced, including the world premiere of The Goodnight Bird. She is currently working on new plays O’Brien Road and Snow Red and a new film Bloodsucker Waltz. Her large opera with composer Aaron Gervais, The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G., will premiere in Toronto in 2015 with Tapestry Opera. Colleen’s play The December Man (L’homme de décembre) won the 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Other plays include Beating Heart Cadaver (nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award), The Piper and All Other Destinations are Cancelled. She is also an award-winning filmmaker.

Armand Garnet Ruffo (Ojibway) is a professor at Carleton University. He is the author of two volumes of poetry, Opening In the Sky and At Geronimo’s Grave (Coteau 2001), which was the winner in 2002 of the Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry. He has written numerous pieces of non-fiction including creative biography Grey Owl: The Mystery of Archie Belaney (Coteau 1997).

Bruce Walsh is the Director of the University of Regina Press and he has worked with many of Canada's leading authors. He is a two-time winner of the Libris Award for outstanding contribution to Canadian publishing, and is a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service.

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Research and Innovation Centre, University of Regina (3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina)

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Sponsors of the event:


Department of English
Department of Theatre
Centre for Study of Script Development




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