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The Writer and Responsibility

A panel moderated by Trevor Carolan and featuring Gary Geddes, Stephen Henighan, Walter Hildbrandt, Rhona McAdam and Hans Plomp.

Social and political critique marks the work of many of our finest contemporary writers. Join moderator Trevor Carolan and these distinguished panelists in exploring how the writer invigorates his or her material for a public audience. How does the socially-engaged writer help shape a new vision of what can be? Can cultural responsibility become a burden for the literary artist?

At the Festival Extravaganza and Literary Marketplace
St. John Hall, Church of St John the Divine, 1611 Quadra St. (enter Balmoral side)
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Festival admission: $5.00. Doors open at 10:00 am.

Trevor Carolan

Trevor CaolanBorn in Yorkshire, Trevor Carolan emigrated as a boy to British Columbia and was raised in the family building trade in New Westminster. He began writing for the city newspaper at age 17. After travelling Europe and India for three years he completed a M.A. in English at Humboldt State in California. He later worked in Alberta with the 15th Olympic Winter Games. He has published 13 books of poetry, fiction, translation, memoir, and anthologies. Active in Pacific Coast watershed issues, aboriginal land claims, and Asia-Pacific human rights campaigns, he served three years as elected municipal councillor for North Vancouver, then as a political columnist. He earned an interdisciplinary PhD from Bond University in Queensland, Australia in 2007, and now teaches English at University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, B.C. beneath Kul-Shan, Mount Baker.

Gary Geddes

Gary GeddesGary Geddes has written and edited over thirty-five books, including seventeen books of poetry, as well as fiction, non-fiction, drama, translation, criticism and anthologies. His work has been translated into five languages. Geddes is known as one of Canada’s best political poets, having been singled out for this honour by literary critic George Woodcock in the late 1960s, whose claim graced the back cover of many of Geddes’ books. Geddes has explored human rights issues in places such as Chile during its dictatorship, in Nicaragua during its civil war, and in Palestine and Israel after the Oslo peace accord. Currently he lives on Vancouver Island, dividing his time between Victoria and French Beach.

Stephen Henighan

Stephen HenighanStephen Henighan is the author of three novels, three short story collections and four books of essays and travel memoirs. His short stories have been published in more than 30 magazines and anthologies. He is a columnist for Geist magazine.

Walter Hildebrandt

Walter HildebrandtBorn in Brooks, Alberta, Walter Hildebrandt is known as both a poet and historian. A consultant on Aboriginal treaties, he is co-author of The True Spirit and Original Intent of Treaty 7 and The Cypress Hills: The Land and Its People, and author of Views From Battleford: Constructed Visions of an Anglo-Canadian West. Finding Louis O’Soup, his fourth book of poetry, was published in 2008. His previous volume, Where the Land Gets Broken, received the Stephen G. Stephensson Award for Poetry in 2005. Director of the Athabasca University Press, Walter Hildebrandt currently resides in Edmonton.

Rhona McAdam

Rhona McAdamRhona McAdam studied in Edmonton during the 1980s where she witnessed the birth of the Writers Guild of Alberta. She returned to Victoria in 2002 after living in England for 13 years, during which she immersed herself in the poetry world of London. She spent 2007 in Italy studying food culture at Parma, Italy. Her fifth and most recent poetry collection is Cartography (Oolichan).

Janet Marie Rogers

Janet RogersA Mohawk writer from the Six Nations territory in southern Ontario, Janet was born in Vancouver British Columbia January 29th 1963. She began her creative career as a visual artist, and started writing in 1996. She continues to stretch her abilities as a writer working and studying in the genres of poetry, short fiction, science fiction, play writing, spoken word performance poetry and video poetry. Her literary passions are her native heritage, feminism, historical territories, human love, sexuality and spirit. Janet receives many invitations to share her performance poetry all over North America. Her first book, Splitting the Heart, was published in 2007. Check out www.janetmarierogers.com/

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