It’s Time to Get to Know Patrick Lane

Posted by Pamela Richardson Washita by Patrick Lane Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, BC. 2014 If you are looking for new poems from a BC writer that are both masterful yet accessible for adolescent readers and writers then Patrick Lane’s more recent collection, Washita, is a wonderful selection. His imagery, often drawn from the natural world […]

Don’t have much time? Try this.

Posted by Celia Brogan We’re all so busy. We are passionate educators and want the best learning experiences for our students and there are always so many things we want to plan for them, and learn for ourselves. Finding new local texts to offer our students is something that can take a bit of time […]

Journey to Cowichan’s Past

posted by Celia Brogan Students at times have trouble identifying with historical events, especially when those events occurred to a cultural group other than the one(s) with which they are familiar. One way to assist students to identify and begin to understand the emotional and social costs of past injustices is historical fiction. There is […]

Place-Making with Poetry

Posted by Celia Brogan We are halfway through Poetry Month! In a change from last year, this April we are focusing on specifically BC literatures in support of the ABPBC’s Read Local BC campaign but luckily, when we look around poetry features prominently in the local cannon. Today I would like to continue a thread […]

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, […]

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