“Paddlenorth is compulsively readable—in part, for the emotional drama and inward soul-searching reminiscent of Cheryl Strayed’s bestseller, Wild. Kingsley adds meat to the narrative in contrasting historical figures like Captain George Back, the Brit who first descended the river in 1834, and 1950s northern missionary Father Buliard with modern-day dilemmas, such as how to effectively integrate technology into a wilderness experience. Her prose is lean, raw and inspiring—the hallmarks of great travel writing.”
The title says it all! This June, a new chapter of my cultural storytelling begins in French Polynesia (insert endless exclamation marks here). I’ll focus on the Marquesas, the most distant island group in this part of the Pacific, and a robust cultural network. I’m calling the project South Pacific Stories, I’m still pinching myself, and…
It’s been three years since I defended my master’s in creative non-fiction writing at the University of Victoria, and since then I’ve done a lot more thinking about wilderness – about how it is both a real place and a construction, how it has its own essence regardless of where we find it. So on this three year anniversary of my defense, as my manuscript makes the round of publishers, I wanted to share Sherwin Arnott’s analysis of my work, from 2010.
Now that the ground is thawing, gardeners are coming out in force. For those who have a green thumb but no land to use it in, how do you find a garden of your own? That was the focus of last week’s story for CBC Ottawa’s In Town and Out.
Host Giacomo Panico and I talk about community gardening and land sharing, and we touch on some of the community benefits of public gardens. Click through to the full post for an audio link.