In the Spotlight

Tuesday Reading!

On Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 from 1-2 pm, Writer-in-Residence Sara Tilley and collaborating artists will be performing in the main foyer of the Queen Elizabeth II Library. Sara will be reading from her Winterset Award-winning novel Duke while Julia Taffe creates improvised choreography based on the text, their performance woven together with an ensemble of percussion and guitarists from the School of Music, led in improvisation by Ellen Waterman.

The reading's free and there'll be snacks. Everyone's welcome!

Welcome Sara Tilley, 2016 Writer-in-Residence!

The Department of English is delighted to welcome Sara Tilley, Writer-in-Residence in Fall, 2016.

Sara's work bridges writing, theatre, and Pochinko Clown Through Mask technique. In 2002, Sara founded an independent feminist theatre company, She Said Yes! which produced many of the eleven plays which she's written, co-written or co-created. She has published two novels: Skin Room (Pedlar Press, 2008); and DUKE, (Pedlar Press, 2015), which was recently chosen as the winner of the 2015 BMO Winterset Award. Her wide spectrum of work includes time spent as an actor, a writer, a designer of puppets, masks, props, and sometimes sets and costumes, a director, a puppeteer, a dramaturg, and a clown teacher/performer. She is fascinated by the ways in which all of these creative practices overlap and feed each other, and has never, ever been bored.

During her time as Writer-in-Residence at Memorial, Sara will be working on several different projects, focusing mainly on a new play script, White or Red, and the text for a graphic novel collaboration with visual artist Audrey Hurd. She will also be engaging with students and the writing community at large in several different ways, including one-on-one consultations for playwrights and prose writers, and workshops in physical approaches to writing. Sara's inaugural reading will be held on September 29th at 8 pm, at the Suncor Energy Hall in the School of Music, and is free to the public. Specific details about consultations, workshops and more are forthcoming. Stay up to date by checking Sara's journal page at

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