Joanna Lilley

The Play’s the Thing

Any parent knows that watching offspring leave the nest unleashes a jumble of emotions: pride, relief, disbelief, grief, envy, nostalgia, apprehension. Sometimes abject terror. You give them a hug, or a slap on the back, and remind them to keep in touch, eat properly, use condoms, call if they need anything. You try not to …

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Turning fact into non-fiction

At the age of 30, Jerome Stueart met his mother for the first time. It’s an unusual story, but not unique. So here’s the twist: Stueart knew he was adopted but hadn’t even been looking for his mother; she tracked him down. “I never had any inclination to find her,” he says. But Stueart, a …

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Make a Date on the Eighth for Authors on Eighth

DAWSON CITY If you’re a writer or a would-be writer and you’re struggling to knuckle down and fill a blank page, why not enter a homegrown Yukon writing contest? If you’re up for the challenge, you have until 4 p.m. on Aug. 8 to enter Dawson City’s Authors on Eighth Writing Competition. It’s true, there’s …

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Serious About Comedy

“I’ve been told several times by lots of people that it ain’t going to happen overnight. It could take years and years.” Luke Roberts is realistic about his goal to write a sitcom for the small screen. However, he’s also committed; he’s taken a year off from his job as a security analyst to dedicate …

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Nebula of novelists take the NaNoWriMo challenge

What do you call a group of novelists? A narrative of novelists? A nonsense? A nuance? A nebula? A collective name would come in handy, seeing as there will be at least 23 people in the Whitehorse area simultaneously writing a novel during November. The writers are all taking part in National Novel Writing Month, …

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Poets give ‘voice’ to women of the past

Nineteenth-century photographs of female lunatic asylum patients and Euripides’ play The Bacchae are the inspiration for two poets giving readings in Whitehorse at the end of October. Nadine McInnis was so taken by photographs of Surrey County Lunatic Asylum inmates that she reconstructed the subjects’ otherwise unknown stories in her poems and found herself exploring …

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Northern Women Asked to Put it in Writing

Award-winning journalist, Carol Morin, wants to hear from Northern women. “What’s really important to me is, as women, we all encounter the same struggles,” said Morin, who is to receive a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media and Communication this spring. “It doesn’t matter whether we are aboriginal, your skin colour, your income. We all …

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Quantity Can Lead to Quality

“You know, we still don’t have to do this,” says Marcelle Dubé just after the digital voice recorder had been switched on. Dubé is a reluctant interviewee. She’d really just rather have a nice chat about writing. But Dubé might have to start getting used to this sort of attention. Her short story, Aptitude, is …

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Science Writers Gather Under the Midnight Sun

If you like writing about science, whether science fiction or science fact, you might want to keep May 24 to 27 free. This is when science writers from all over Canada will be gathering in Whitehorse to attend this year’s Canadian Science Writers’ Association conference, being held North of 60 for the first time ever. …

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Let Your Words Take Flight

Do you keep the poems and stories you write safely inside small yellow folders on your computer? Do you treat those folders like incubators, opening them every now and then to check how your offspring are doing but always deciding your words aren’t yet ready for the world beyond your screen? At some point, if …

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