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August 25, 2013

It has been a while since I updated the web page.  Fact is that I have been caught up in the throes of a major move.  No sooner resettled and back to a more routine schedule at our new home in Victoria than I accepted an “Artist in Residence” gig at the Ewart Duggan Heritage House in Medicine Hat.  So here I am, working on a novel and giving occasional readings courtesy of the Playwrights’ Guild, Canada Council, and the Esplanade Arts Centre.  Over the next couple of weeks I will completely update the website and blog a bit about life in Victoria and in Southern Alberta.  The Esplanade is a marvelous facility: theatres, art gallery, museum, archives and all kinds of studio space.  Check it out here: http://www.esplanade.ca/

May 2013

A production company has asked for the right to try to option The Amazing Foot Race to a film-maker or broadcaster.  The company thinks that the story is a natural for a 4 part mini series.  I will follow developments on the EVENTS page.

August 02, 2012

Pleased to report that the Amazing Foot Race continues to tick along.  Nice review in this month’s Canada’s History magazine.  More on the EVENTS page.  Hope everyone is having a “refreshing” summer!

March 25, 2012

Once a book has been published, you might think: “Well, that’s an end to it.”  Certainly not the case if the book is a social history with connections to the present.  I have written before about having received comments, interesting information and kudos from relatives of the 5 hikers who were the heros of The Amazing Foot Race of 1921Today an e-mail arrived from a niece of “the lone hiker,” Charles Burkman. More on the EVENTS page.

February 19, 2012:

The Canadian Embassy in Berlin is looking for new Canadian plays for translation and publication in the German market.  This is part of a larger ongoing cultural exchange program.  So I sent off a copy of The Supper Waltz which has been received and entered into the competition…  More on the EVENTS page.

I am also pleased to announce that The Amazing Foot Race of 1921 continues to do well.  It received solid recommendations this month from CBC (Halifax), the Charlottetown Guardian, and January Magazine January`s interesting take is on the EVENTS page.

January 17, 2012:

Today I am beginning an experiment.  I am going to follow the hikers in my book as they crossed the country 91 years ago, beginning with the lead runners making their way from Halifax to Truro in a blizzard.  You can find this on the blog page, and if you want to comment, there is a box at the bottom of the page.  Enjoy!

January 1, 2012:

Happy New Year!  I wish everyone a happy and fulfilling 2012.

My first good news for the New Year is that The Amazing Race is now available as an e-book, and can be downloaded to KOBO, KINDLE, or i-PAD from Indigo, Amazon or i-Tunes.,  I have just heard from one happy e-book reader in Asia: comments on “BLOG” page.

December 11:

Heritage House newsletter: “The Halifax Herald gives the nod to The Amazing Foot Race of 1921 as a suggested book (with an Atlantic connection!) for giving this Christmas.” The Herald’s review and other news can be found on the “BOOKS” page.

November 20:

Presentation to Shuswap Probus Club:

Yesterday I responded to an invitation to talk to the Probus Club in Salmon Arm about the research that goes into writing a book or a play.  This turned out to be an interesting topic, very well received.  There is a syopsis of the presentation on the “BLOG” page and a little more about the Probus event on the “EVENTS” page.

November 5:

2 very exciting e-mails received today:

– From Sigrid Herrault, Sweden:  We’re happy to inform you that your submission [The Supper Waltz] has been elected as one of the plays we’d like to read for the second selection round for the WPIC conference in Stockholm 2012!
–From Robin Sokoloski, Canadian representative for Women’s Playwrights International–forwarding a note from Marcia Johnson:  Congratulations on having your script selected for the next stage of the WPI Conference in Stockholm next August.

More about the Stockholm Conference on the “Workshops” page.

Amazing Race is a “fun read!”

The Indigo/Chapters store in Ottawa is displaying the Amazing Race of 1921 on its “Fun Read” table.  Nice!

Play Reading for “Culture Days” September 30 in Medicine Hat:

Shirley on mike with producer, director Karen Cunningham

It was a lot of fun to “go home” courtesy of The Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Medicine Hat Public Library for a play reading enhanced by the  participation of the FUT in the Hat community theatre group.  More on EVENTS page.

The Word on the Street:

There was lots to enjoy at the Word on the Street festival in Vancouver–and a lot of drama too, mostly provided by the weather!  More on the EVENTS page.

September at a Glance:

Regional versions of 2 national celebrations: The 17th Annual “Word on the Street” festival, and “Culture Days” will make for interesting and exciting times in September.  Details on the ”EVENTS” page.

July 9:

Arsonists torched the Chase B.C. museum and archives the very night after I had a most successful reading there.  Photos on “EVENTS” page.

June 22:

The Playwrights Guild of Canada has a new website that makes it a lot easier for visitors to order plays, visit with playwrights or link to their websites or social media addresses.  Check it out at: www.playwrightsguild.ca

What’s New for Spring 2011?

The most recent, and exciting news is that my new book: The Amazing Foot Race of 1921 has been published by Heritage House in the West, and by Nimbus Press in Halifax, and is showing up in bookstores across the country.   It was listed on the Heritage House website as the FEATURED BOOK for May.  www.heritagehouse.ca

I was able to do several readings in Victoria and Vancouver in May.  SEE DETAILS ON THE “EVENTS” PAGE!

June 11, I attended a “signing” event at Bookingham Palace in Salmon Arm; June 19, Ian Fairclough interviewed me for an article in the Halifax Chronicle Herald.  You can read it here:  http://thechronicleherald.ca/Books/1249285.html

Other upcoming activities are elaborated on the “EVENTS” PAGE.

“Do you remember where you were when . . . ?”  MY FASCINATION WITH HISTORY . . . SEE THE BLOG PAGE!

Letter to the Editor . . . WRITING MORE THAN JUST A “HOBBY” . . . READ MORE ON THE EVENTS PAGE!

Now here’s a challenge:  9th Women Playwrights International Conference in Stockholm–Aug.  2012.  Theme:  The Democratic Stage.    THOUGHTS ON THE WORSHOPS PAGE.

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