Earlier in the year I started working on a documentary short film about Dee Bailey, a visual artist who creates 3D paintings with modelling clay and lives in Yukon, Canada. I visited her during her residency in Tombstone Territorial Park on the Dempster Highway in Yukon this summer. What amazing scenery.
Get a taste for the documentary by watching the video I made to promote her art show at Yukon Artists at Work Gallery in Whitehorse, Yukon, from September 6 though 28, 2019.
The Berton House writers’ retreat run by the Writers’ Trust sometimes has gaps in between the three-month writer retreats. When this happens, the trust asks Yukon writers to fill in. Lucky me, I get to spend two-and-a-half weeks at Berton House late-September and into October 2019.
The manuscript for my novel Giantess was longlisted for the 2019 Guernica Prize for Literary Fiction. It’s exciting to be included on the list. Update: Giantess didn’t make the shortlist, but check out who did: https://www.guernicaeditions.com/
Mark and I are honoured to be selected as the recipients of the Yukon Historical Museums Associations’ Innovation, Education and Community Engagement Award for 2017. I accepted the award for us at the Yukon Heritage Awards Ceremony on Monday, February 19, 2018, at the Yukon Archives in Whitehorse. Unfortunately, Mark was travelling and unable to join me at the ceremony. It was a wonderful evening that recognized the work of some exceptional Yukoners dedicated to preserving culture and heritage.
It was fun to write about my writing day for writer, publisher and critic Rob McLellan’s new blog series “My Writing Day”. Have a read here. There’s a special-guest appearance from this guy (aka dog muse).
Thanks to the Access Copyright Foundation Marian Hebb Research Grant, I was able to travel to Nevada, USA, to meet in person with Helen Foster. I interviewed her over a few days. During this time, she shared her personal archive which included a plethora of photographs (which I scanned) from her childhood all the way to her time working in Alaska.