We live among layers upon layers of story

Posted by Celia Brogan “Anyone can lead a walk because everyone is an expert on the places they live, work, and play.” Have you heard of Jane’s Walks? Inspired by the work of Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walks are neighbourhood walking tours, led by a member of the community. The tour routes and content are as […]

Homegrown, and still growing

Posted by Celia Brogan What writing is more homegrown BC writing than that of our students? The BCTELA Student Writing Contest is more than a great way for students to give their writing a broader audience, the published pieces, Voices Visible, is also a useful resource to show our students what their peers are writing. BCTELA […]

Why write about this place?

Posted by Celia Brogan This evening I went to my second #ReadLocalBC event, called “An Evolving City: Writing Vancouver’s Past, Present & Future,” featuring George Bowering and Wayde Compton. During the question period after the readings the authors were asked if writing about Vancouver was an obvious choice of setting for them in their writing, […]

Myth, Madness and a Tale of a Golden Spruce

posted by Celia Brogan The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed  by John Vaillant. I love this book. The prose are poetic to the extent that I have used passages as prompts in an art class. The story opens with a mystery and proceeds to weave together strands of natural history, […]

Kit Pearson: a little magic in Victoria

posted by Celia Brogan Kit Pearson has authored a number of popular novels for young and adolescent readers. Three of these are specifically set in BC and are great ways to help readers see the stories around them. Awake and Dreaming is set primarily in Victoria and includes Pearson’s trademark element of magical realism.  The […]

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