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When: March 3 - 4, 2017 


4:00 Panel- Research and Innovation Centre (RIC) Atrium
5:30 Reception- University of Regina Faculty Club (2nd floor of College West) 
7:00 Readings- Research and Innovation Centre (RIC) Lecture Hall, Room 119

10:00-4:00 PM Sessions- Research and Innovation Lecture Hall, Room 119
(with a lunch break at the University of Regina Faculty Club by sign-up).

Parking in Lot 8 or at meters—Free on Saturday 
Cost: FREE

Presenters: Eden Robinson, Falen Johnson, George Elliott Clarke, Sue Goyette

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 15th year, Talking Fresh tackles the role risk in its many forms has in and on writing, and writing careers.

Talking Fresh begins on Friday, March 3 at 4:00 pm with a panel discussion involving all four writers, and focuses on the weekends theme. The evening will feature a reception with readings by all four writers.

On Saturday, March 4 the writers will conduct workshop-style sessions focusing on the craft of writing in relation to their genres. Saturday will culminate with a special talk. These sessions 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.

Following the final reading on Saturday, Sage Hill Writing will hold a salon featuring a reading and discussion with Talking Fresh presenter and Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada George Elliott Clarke. Details can be found here on their website.


Friday, March 3

4:00 pm Panel
5:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm Readings

Saturday, March 4

10:00-10:50 am Falen Johnson
11:00-11:50 am Sue Goyette

12:00-1:20 pm                                                                                                                                                                                            

Lunch - $21, space is limited so register in advance or at the SWG book table on Friday evening or Saturday morning. Lunch includes soup, sandwiches, and refreshments.

1:30-2:20 pm George Elliott Clarke
2:30-3:20 pm Eden Robinson


Presenter Bios:

The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered poet. He has invented the term Africadian and pioneered the study of African-Canadian literature. His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry, the Premiul Poesis (Romania), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award. Clarke’s work is the subject of Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke (2012), edited by Joseph Pivato. 

Sue Goyette lives in Halifax and has published five books of poems and a novel. Her latest collection is The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl (Gaspereau Press, 2015). She's been nominated for several awards including the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and has won the CBC Literary Prize for Poetry, the Bliss Carman, the Pat Lowther, the J.M. Abraham Poetry Awards, and the 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award for her collection, Ocean. Sue currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University.

Eden Robinson is a Haisla/Heiltsuk author who grew up in Haisla, British Columbia. Her first book, Traplines, a collection of short stories, won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1998. Monkey Beach, her first novel, was shortlisted for both The Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction in 2000 and won the BC Book Prize’s Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her most forthcoming novel is Son of a Trickster.

Falen Johnson is Mohawk and Tuscarora from Six Nations (Bear Clan). She is a writer, dramaturge and actor. Her first play Salt Baby has been staged with Native Earth Performing Arts, Planet IndigenUS, The Next Stage Festival, Live Five, The Globe Theatre and has toured across the country. She is a former associate artist for Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble, and Native Earth. She is as well the former playwright in residence at Native Earth and Blyth Festival Theatre. She was the 2015 recipient of the OAC Emerging Aboriginal Artist Award. Her second play Two Indians was recently debuted at The SummerWorks Performance Festival.


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