Writer takes up residence

Gill is best known for her recent award winning book Eating Dirt, which is a tree-planting memoir set on Vancouver Island

An open house reception for the 2012/2013 Writer in Residence is being held at the Haig-Brown Heritage House on Sunday  from 2-4 p.m.

Take this opportunity to welcome author Charlotte Gill, this year’s writer, who will be staying at the House from December to April.

Gill is best known for her recent award winning book Eating Dirt, which is a tree-planting memoir set on Vancouver Island and B.C.’s coastal regions.  While she is here, she will assist the Museum with curating a temporary exhibit about the history of tree planting on Vancouver Island.

Gill studied at both the University of Toronto and UBC, and has been teaching writing at the post-secondary level.  She has had numerous articles and short stories appear in such publications as the Walrus and the Globe and Mail, and her previous book, Ladykiller, a collection of short stories published in 2005, has won several awards.

Gill will be involved in Museum programming by giving lectures and holding workshops in both fiction and non-fiction writing, and will be participating in Campbell River’s Words on the Water Writer’s Festival.  As part of her residency, she will also be assisting would-be writers with their manuscripts.

“In my experience,” Gill says, “Many community writers have simply wanted to capture their life experiences or their local histories, or to write stories for their children and grandchildren.  I’m equally happy to give advice where I can to both absolute beginners and professionals with full-length projects.  Regional narratives are one of my passions, and I hope to have many come across my desk.”

With respect to her own work, she began writing a novel over the summer, and hopes to complete a first draft by the end of the residency in April.  Charlotte Gill’s residency is made possible through assistance from Canada Council.

Call the Museum 250-287-3103 for details.

Just Posted

Families learn to navigate the perils of the Internet

Speaker talks to Campbell River kids, parents about staying safe in a social media world

‘Priceless’ hat stolen from Indigenous art store in Campbell River during break-in

Ernie Smith, co-owner of Awatin Aboriginal Art, looking for help in recovering stolen hat

Vancouver measles outbreak prompts vaccine vigilance on Island

No cases here yet, but Island health authorities push measles vaccinations - and not just for kids

BC Hydro increasing flow down Elk Falls to assist steelhead migration and spawning

Water flows within Elk Falls Canyon are increasing today to assist steelhead… Continue reading

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Students give two thumbs up to no more B.C. student loan interest

Eliminating the loan interest charges could say the average graduate $2,300 over 10 years

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

City of Port Alberni cancels tourist train operations for 2019

Steam train to McLean Mill is out of commission for repairs; city wants to re-examine rail costs

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Missing Surrey snowshoer caught in avalanche found dead on Vancouver mountain

North Shore Rescue resumed its search today after efforts were temporarily halted Tuesday due to snowstorm

Most Read