Progress in Penang

I met Alison Gresik at our writing group in Ottawa. She was the exciting young writer whose first book, a collection of stories, Brick and Mortar, had been nominated for […]

Sisters

Rhonda Douglas is the author of Some Days I Think I Know Things: The Cassandra Poems (Signature Editions, 2008). Her collection of short stories, Welcome to the Circus (Freehand Books) […]

London Short Story

I was sitting at a table in the Waterstones Piccadilly lower cafe, sipping my water and watching people trickle in to the opening of the London Short Story Festival (18-21 […]

Saikaley Reviews Secrets

Review by Sonia Saikaley Secrets in a Jewellery Box by Demetra Angelis Foustanellas spans time and culture, shifting between the past and present. Foustanellas knows both worlds: she was born […]

Isle of Mull

A Kitchen Poem

Carla Lamont has kindly given permission to post one of the poems from her collection The Body Banquet. “I am Nigella Lawson” can be found on page three. I am […]

Mulling Over Food, Writing

At the end of April we (DM, husband, daughter) took a short holiday on the Isle of Mull in the Hebrides. As this trip would involve a flight, a car […]

Demetra on Samos

Demetra Angelis Foustanellas came late to writing. Born in 1957 in Ottawa to Greek immigrant parents — her mother from Samos and her father from Skopelos — she started writing […]

Naomi Guttman

Before leaving Canada for the United States, Naomi Guttman lived in Montreal, which is where we met sometime in the 1980s. (We both had work published in the anthology Celebrating […]

Jeremy Mercer

Up a narrow rutted road, surrounded by fields, and hills at a distance, sits a large farmhouse*, part of which is owned by a man who is so enthusiastic that […]

Soft Time

Jeremy Mercer is a Canadian author now living in France. To prepare you for CWA’s forthcoming interview with him, here are some quotations from his work. From Time Was Soft […]

The Bridge

For days before we left for France I was quietly humming “sur le pont d’Avignon l’on y danse, l’on y danse…” The jaunty tune reflected my hopes: I anticipated warmth […]

Susan Örnbratt

Susan Örnbratt (née Beck) was born in 1964 in London, Ontario, but met the other London when growing up, having visited the UK for family reasons (father from Ascot and […]

Ann-Marie

Actor and author Ann-Marie MacDonald was in London this week to promote her novel, just released here in England by Sceptre (out in September 2014 in Canada): Adult Onset. Briefly, […]

Adult Onset

Ann-Marie MacDonald‘s latest novel, Adult Onset, published in September 2014 in Canada, was launched this week in the UK by her publisher here, Sceptre, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton. […]

Depraved World: Review of Planet Lolita

Who better to review Charles Foran’s Planet Lolita than someone young, for whom Facebook is as familiar as the telephone book was to her parents’ (and Foran’s) generation? University of […]

English Winter

Wednesday noon the weather in London today is 5 degrees celcius and 83% humidity with a chance of rain at 10%, cloudy skies. According to the Met office, the weather […]

Rich Wives

In the National Portrait Gallery, in the room called Expansion and Empire, there is a small display: “Old Titles and New Money: American Heiresses and the British Aristocracy,” showing until […]

Colonial Moderns

Review of Modernist Voyages: Colonial Women Writers in London, 1890-1945 by Anna Snaith, Cambridge University Press 2014, 278 pp hardcover (ISBN: 9780521515450). Reviewed by Debra Martens. Modernism is loosely defined […]

Emily in England

Emily Carr was both artist and writer. Something I didn’t know: she took a writing course at Victoria College in the summer of 1934.* Bed-ridden by illness, she wrote towards […]