Public History Discussion

In the new year, I’m pleased to be speaking to a Public History seminar at the University of Victoria, about the process of writing historical “fiction”. This graduate course explores how people gain a sense of history outside of the classroom, including by reading novels.

Poem in Quilliad Press

My poem, “Garry Oak”, is being published in the Fall issue of Quilliad Press, to be launched October 22nd in Toronto. Inspired by the haunting beauty and fantastic shapes of these native oaks (named for a deputy governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and sometimes called Oregon Oak in the US), the poem celebrates this unique ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest.

https://thequilliad.wordpress.com/

RBC Museum Golden Reads Book Club

In partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library, the Royal BC Museum is hosting a Golden Reads Book Club to further explore their Gold Rush exhibit this summer. The Chief Factor’s Daughter is August’s Book of the Month. Readers from around the world are welcome to join in through GoodReads “RBCM Golden Reads” group. A live discussion will follow at Helmcken House, a heritage site featured in the novel.

http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/events/golden-reads-book-club-meeting/

Newcomers meeting at Point Ellice House

This month the Victoria Newcomers’ Heritage Club meets at Point Ellice House, to discuss the connections of this National Heritage Site with characters of The Chief Factor’s Daughter. I look forward to meeting the club after they tour the house and gardens, a rare example of local Victorian history. This is an ongoing opportunity for book clubs and other groups to bring stories together with heritage. Queries welcome through my contact form, or Point Ellice House Museum.

http://pointellicehouse.ca/educational-programming

Tea & Tango in the Cowichan Valley

It will be a pleasure to participate in this event at the unique TeaFarm in the Cowichan Valley on Saturday, April 25th. Celebrating the culture of Argentina with Yerba Mate tea and traditional sweets, this intimate evening includes the music and dance of tango, with Roland Grittani and myself. World-travelling tanguero and musician Roland will introduce the tango on the accordion.

http://www.teafarm.ca/events/teatango-2/