Thank you

A wonderful, challenging, and enlightening journey has come to an end. Like every great project, it was made possible by the people who helped me along the way: My family, my friends, Eli, Eli’s family, the artists I read and the artists I met, my hosts, and, of course, the readers of this blog. Many thanks to you all. It will certainly not be my last literary travel project, so stay tuned for alerts from this site.

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Voices: Nicola Hodges

This blog would not be complete without acknowledging the artists who provided me with help and inspiration on my journey. The series “Voices” is meant to put their art and perception of their surroundings center stage. The first interviewee is Nicola Hodges, textile craftsperson and aspiring park ranger in Vancouver. Voices: Nicola Hodges weiterlesen

Tracing „A Tale For The Time Being“ on Cortes Island

A Tale for The Time Being (Canongate, 2013) is a book about connections – between and in spite of people, time, and place. The story is set in motion when Ruth, who lives on Cortes, one of the Discovery Islands at the northern end of Georgia Strait, finds a mysterious piece of flotsam Tracing „A Tale For The Time Being“ on Cortes Island weiterlesen

Verses Festival of Words 2017: A Visitor’s Perspective

Since I couldn’t get in touch with the festival organizers or participants, this article is about my personal impressions of Verses 2017. For more information, visit the festival’s website or the interviews here and here.

„Hi, I’m A, and I use they/them pronouns.“ They wave into the group of people sitting on wooden cinema chairs in the backroom of Havana Café. The person beside them continues. “I’m B, hello. She/her.” She looks to her right. “C. They/them.” The round continues until the about twenty participants have introduced themselves. Verses Festival of Words 2017: A Visitor’s Perspective weiterlesen

Story Layers: Tracing Minority Histories in British Columbia

Places are always more than what meets the eye; the stories of previous and current inhabitants are inscribed in them. These stories can be visualized and perpetuated in many different ways: Murals, street signs, and plaques inform and interpret on site, and the number of websites and apps to enhance your visit technologically is increasing. While they often only tell the story of the dominant group at the time, there are initiatives dedicated to amplify the voices behind minority histories. Story Layers: Tracing Minority Histories in British Columbia weiterlesen