Where I’m from, where I’m going
I have a new assignment in 2015 as the Field Correspondent for Lindblad Expeditions in partnership with National Geographic. As I get ready to head north later this spring, I've written an introduction to me, to the project and to my hopes and dreams for the year.
Where are the Women?
Click through to watch Leanne Allison's three minute video from the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival about women and adventure. And about looking around the room . . .
Now You See It: An Orchestra of Words
Many months ago, composer Lola Perrin and sound recordist Christian Dymond got in touch with me about this project. They wanted voices to speak about climate change and asked if I would participate. The result is a mix of voices and music being debuted this month in the U.K.
New Beginnings and Fewer Grey Hairs
Here's a short list of things that delighted, surprised and scared me the first month of life as a Field Correspondent. Read on . . .
Toronto Star recommends Paddlenorth
Paddlenorth is in good company with books by Dave Olesen, Michael Winter, Andrew Peacock and Barry Blanchard on this list for the "cosy explorer" by the Toronto Star.
Canoe and Kayak Magazine
A review of Paddlenorth by Conor Mihell at Canoe & Kayak Magazine. "Paddlenorth is compulsively readable...Her prose is lean, raw and inspiring—the hallmarks of great travel writing."
Arctic Audio Souvenirs
This post contains some sounds from the the High Arctic to help you imagine the place. Some of this sound will be used in an upcoming audio essay I created for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's program, Radiotonic. Click through and listen.
A Mighty Force of Nature
I'm back in Banff this week for the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, so I wanted to post a documentary I made at the centre with the guidance of radio super hero Dick Miller. It's about bear attacks and the search for a memory. Click through to listen.
The Literary Review of Canada
The Literary Review of Canada reviews Paddlenorth and you'll learn some very neat stuff if you click through to read all about it. Details about Everest and Antarctica are folded in.
How to Love the Authors You Love
I'm used to life on the road, but not like this. I'm traveling, not as a wandering naturalist with wild hair and binoculars around my neck, but as an author. I'm happy to report that there are three very simple things you can do to make a difference for the authors you love, and they really make a difference. I list them in this post.
Globe and Mail recommends Paddlenorth
The Saturday Travel section of the Globe and Mail this week was devoted to travel books. The books editor got together with the travel editor and created a list of the best books to kickstart your wanderlust. Paddlenorth was chosen.
Home from the Arctic and Adventure
I spent the tail end of my summer in the Arctic, from Resolute Bay, up to Ellesmere Island and down to Newfoundland. On this trip, nothing went according to plan, and that was my favourite thing about it. It made me think that perhaps that's the definition of adventure - you know you've had one if it didn't turn out like you thought it would. Click through to read more.
Paddlenorth ships out this week!
My first book, Paddlenorth, shipped from the printer late last week, which means it is on its way to stores across Canada, and it will be in the U.S. a bit later in the fall. The official publication date is September 13, 2014.
The Tip Jar: Lessons from the Writing Trade
As the publication date for my first book, Paddlenorth, approaches, people are starting to ask me what I've learned thus far in this writing business. So I've compiled a list of the top five tips I've gleaned from others that have really stuck with me. Click through to read them.