Allons-y!

Geronimo! Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary fell on the same day as the second anniversary of Canadian Writers Abroad. Thanks to everyone who took the time to read what I, and […]

Dust to Dust

How does one become a war poet? Suzanne Steele began by being curious about the exact colour of the Afghan dust when writing “Elegy for an Infantryman” in 2005.  She […]

Books, prizes and survey

Half of voters who did the survey were against, and half minus one were in favour of Catton’s novel being in competition for the GG’s Lit Award. There you go. […]

Eleanor Catton

Trans-national Literature

  There are times when Canadian Writers Abroad seems quaint. Do people stay at home most of their lives and then undergo a great upheaval by moving abroad? This is […]

Munro’s and Jerry’s Nobel

This post is in celebration of Alice Munro‘s Nobel Prize in Literature. The quick facts: she is the first Canadian writer, the 13th woman, and the 27th English speaking author […]

A Cloistered Life

Jane Christmas is a Canadian writer living in England. Her recent memoir, And Then There Were Nuns: Adventures in a Cloistered Life is a fall 2013 publication with Greystone Books. […]

Back to School

For our family, school now means university. Which is a convenient topic, because in the spring I researched Canadian writers who sought education outside of Canada. I don’t have at […]

Hot

This is the hottest day in London so far this summer, or in the last seven years. But you know what? Somewhere else in the world it is hotter. Like […]

A Fine Neustadt

Does winning an international prize count as abroad? The Neustadt prize “was  established in 1969 as the Books Abroad International Prize for Literature, then renamed the Books Abroad / Neustadt […]

Pirate Queen

K.V. Johansen went to Macedonia to promote a translation of her children’s book, Torrie and the Pirate-Queen. Her trip was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Which got me […]

Land of the Lumberjack

A quick search of UK media to try to get a little fact — how many people turned up at the Canada Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square — was frustrating. […]

Summertime

On the summer solstice, I want to introduce you to the poetry of Marilyn Dumont. The poem below, “The Sky is Promising,” is taken from her collection A Really Good […]

Journey with No Maps

Review of Journey With No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page by Sandra Djwa (McGill Queen’s University Press) 2012: 418 pages. For the past few weeks I have been immersed […]

Dem Bones

Writing about P.K. Page’s first meeting with the group putting out the poetry magazine Preview, biographer Sandra Djwa explains that after Page passed around her poems, she was met by […]

Writers by the Dozen: Peter Wilkins’ Portraits

Last night I was at Canada House to hear Angela Hewitt and Gerald Finley perform in an enchanted evening (that was the closing song). If you have never been to […]

Partisans and Books: Antanas Sileika in Lithuania

Antanas Sileika is the author of the novels Underground (Thomas Allen and Son 2011), Woman in Bronze (Random House 2004), and Dinner at the End of the World (Mosaic 1994). […]

Canadian Buzz at the London Book Fair 2013

There were over 20 Canadian publishers at the London Book Fair this year, as well as some agents. I asked a few of them if it was worth their while, […]

Rhonda Douglas in Thailand

The Shoemaker and the Rooster: Rhonda Douglas in Thailand. Canadian Writers Abroad Mini-Interview with Rhonda Douglas Rhonda Douglas is a poet and writer based (most of the time) in Ottawa, […]

A deluge of fat words

White. White stones on the beach, white buildings, white stones in the paving of streets, white marble steps with flat red brick edging. Olive trees hiking up the hills, agriculture […]

Sibbald in Swaziland

Barbara Sibbald is the first writer to take part in the CWA mini interview, a new series that looks at why writers leave their desk to travel. She earns her […]