“The Fiction Makes Us Real”: A Celebration of Canadian Literature with poet, writer and critic Nicole Markotić

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The Yorkshire Network for Canadian Studies in collaboration with the Lifelong Learning Centre at the University of Leeds are delighted to announce the forthcoming visit to the UK of the Canadian poet, fiction writer and literary critic Nicole Markotić (University of Windsor, Canada).

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Nicole is the author of the poetry books connect the dots, Minotaurs & Other Alphabets, Bent at the Spine, and the chapbooks widows & orphans, more excess (which won the bpNichol Chapbook Award), he & [he], and tracking the game. Her fiction includes Yellow Pages, Scrapbook of My Years as a Zealot, and short stories in various literary journals. Her interests include representations of disability, feminist critical and body theory, and twentieth-century Canadian and North American literature and poetics.

Do join us for an evening of entertainment and literary delight at the Lifelong Learning Centre on Canada Day, 1st July 2015, 6-8 pm. Nicole will take us on a whirlwind tour of Canadian literature and treat us to readings of her own work and some other Canadian favourites.

The event is free, but we encourage you to book your seat in advance at http://www.llc.leeds.ac.uk/events/the-fiction-makes-us-real-an-introduction-to-canadian-literature

ALL WELCOME!

Siân Harris at the University of Huddersfield, 5th May

The Yorkshire Network for Canadian Studies and the University of Huddersfield are pleased to announce the next speaker of the Canadian Studies research seminar series:

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“Apocalypse As One of the Fine Arts: Destructive Creativity in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy”

Dr. Siân Harris (University of Exeter)

 Tuesday, 5th March, WG/13, West Building, University of Huddersfield, 1.30 pm.

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Dr. Siân Harris is a lecturer in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature at the University of Exeter. Her research examines questions genre, gender, creative identity and authorship, especially in detective and historical fiction. Siân has published on various contemporary writers including Ian Rankin, JK Rowling, AS Byatt and Marina Warner; her work on Canadian literature has addressed the writing of L.M. Montgomery, Alice Munro, Margaret Laurence and Margaret Atwood.

ALL WELCOME!

Steve Hewitt at the University of Leeds, 18th March

ShewittThe Yorkshire Network for Canadian Studies, in conjunction with the Leeds Centre for Canadian Studies, are delighted to host the next talk of the Canadian Studies research seminar series:

Dr. Steve Hewitt (University of Birmingham)

Before Ottawa: The Ottawa Attack in Historical Context and the Birth of Modern Canadian Counter-Terrorism, 1970-1985

Wednesday, March 18th, Room 340, Michael Sadler Building, 5:30 pm.

Steve Hewitt is Senior Lecturer in American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is a specialist in historical and contemporary security and intelligence in a US/UK/Canada context. His work has covered a range of topics, such as state surveillance against Canadian universities, UK and US counter-terrorism, a history of informants, and the world’s most famous police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He has also appeared on BBC Radio and Television, CBC Television and Radio and published several opinion pieces in the media, including in The Guardian, Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail.

ALL WELCOME!

Alissa York in Yorkshire: ‘Fauna: Confronting the Urban Wild’ – 16-18 February

AYBench1The Yorkshire Network for Canadian Studies, in partnership with the Universities of Leeds, Huddersfield and York St. John, Huddersfield Art Gallery and Leeds City Museum, are delighted to announce the Yorkshire tour of the Canadian writer and critic Alissa York. Her internationally acclaimed novels include Mercy, Effigy and, most recently Fauna. York is also the author of the short fiction collection, Any Given Power, stories from which have won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award. Her essays and articles have appeared in such periodicals as The Guardian, The Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire. She has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto with her husband, artist Clive Holden. Her new novel, The Naturalist, is due out in 2016.

Alissa will be speaking at three locations in Yorkshire:

1. Monday, 16th February: Huddersfield Art Gallery, 6 – 7.30 pm;

2. Tuesday, 17th February: Quad South Hall, York St. John University, 7 – 8.30 pm;

3. Wednesday, 18th February: Leeds City Museum, 6.30 – 8 pm.

Alissa’s entertaining and stimulating talk will be followed by a chance to chat with the author over a glass of wine.

Admission is free and open to the public.

ALL WELCOME!

Aritha Van Herk – “After the War – The Secret Survival of Gavrilo Princip” – April 7th at Headingley Library

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YNCS are delighted to announce this event. As part of Headingley Litfest, Aritha will be reading from her latest book, “After the War – The Secret Survival of Gavrilo Princip”. Gavrilo Princip (1895-1918) was a Serbian nationalist who became the catalyst for World War I when he assassinated Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914. The murder started a chain reaction that led to the beginning of the war only one month later.

This is a public event, and anybody is welcome to come. Aritha is renowned for her fictional, non-fictional and critical work, so this is a great opportunity to see an international speaker at an intimate venue. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the reading so, whatever your interests, please do join us.

April 7th, 7-9 pm at Headingley Library

Aritha Van Herk – “The Eloquence of Laundry” – April 8th at Huddersfield Art Gallery

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Whether you’re a lover of literature or laundry, or if you never thought that the words laundry and eloquence could go together, then this will be an event that you’ll love. Everybody who attends Aritha’s talk comes away inspired and with food for thought. YNCS are pleased to host Aritha in Huddersfield, in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield and Kirklees Libraries.

“Aritha will show us that laundry–the cleaning and drying and pressing of clothing–is a cultural aesthetic, a metaphor for both secrecy and visibility, an act of physical labour, a partner to water, and an apparatus of social declension. Laundry is implicitly associated with both filth and the erotic, but for all its inevitable presence, it is magnificently disguised, a literary and filmic metaphor that resonates through time and continues to ghost both literature and life.”

This is a rare opportunity to see this award-winning Canadian author and critic in England. Huddersfield Art Gallery is above Huddersfield Library. It’s a lovely space – grand and lively at the same time. Do come along and join us. The event is free and everybody is welcome.

April 8th, 6-8 pm at Huddersfield Art Gallery

Aritha Van Herk – “After the War – The Secret Survival of Gavrilo Princip” – April 10th at Bank Street Arts Centre, Sheffield

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As part of her Yorkshire tour for the YNCS, Sheffield Hallam have invited internationally renowned Aritha Van Herk to speak for them. Aritha will be reading from her latest book, “After the War – The Secret Survival of Gavrilo Princip”. Gavrilo Princip (1895-1918) was a Serbian nationalist who became the catalyst for World War I when he assassinated Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914. The murder started a chain reaction that led to the beginning of the war only one month later.

Everybody is welcome to this public event. Bank Street Arts Centre is a contemporary and dynamic space that is home to all kinds of creative work, so it’s fitting that a writer well-known for her diversity will be speaking here. Aritha is renowned for her fictional, non-fictional and critical work, so this is a great chance to see an international speaker at an intimate venue. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the reading so, whatever your interests, do come along.

April 10th, 18:30-20:00 pm at
Bank Street Arts Centre, Sheffield

Aritha Van Herk – “Restlessness Incarnate: Good Girls go to Heaven, Bad Girls go Everywhere” – April 9th at Leeds City Museum

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Who could resist a talk with a title like this? YNCS, together with the University of Leeds are delighted to host Aritha for this talk that will explore restless and movement with emphasis on what it means to be a writer in Canada. As Aritha herself describes:

“Restlessness and movement are incited by the temper and the spirit of extensive spaces, stretching as they do in a proposal of endless destination, or even more telling, traversal without terminus, a constant and rolling journey’s end that need never propose itself as closure or obstacle. The geographical complexity of Canada, the second-largest country in the world, with multiple temptations for episodes of motion sickness, that malaise that I define as the eagerness to change
position rather than the nausea inspired by movement, inscribes on its writing a picaresque dream. This yearning encompasses a desire to flee, towards or away– the inclination can controvert and double back on its own impetus. This desire can be enunciated by a picaresque vernacular: an urge to take to one’s heels, to hightail down the road, to scamper and bolt, hotfoot and skedaddle, split or make tracks. In short, good girls go to heaven but bad girls go everywhere!” Aritha van Herk

This exciting event will be held at Leeds City Museum, and there will be the chance to speak with Aritha over a glass of wine after the talk. The event is free, but space (and wine!) are limited, so please book your place by emailing Jessica Ballantine at enjlb@leeds.ac.uk.

Leeds City Museum – 6.30pm April 9th

Aritha Van Herk – “The Expanding and Expansive Canadian Story: Floored by Alice Munro and Mavis Gallant.” – April 3rd at the Canadian High Commission, London

We’re really excited that this award-winning Canadian author and critic’s tour has its opening event at the Canadian High Commission in Grosvener Square in London.
The Yorkshire Network for Canadian Studies and the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom are excited to announce a discussion with Aritha, who will be presenting “The Expanding and Expansive Canadian Story: Floored by Alice Munro and Mavis Gallant.”. This talk will be from the perspective of a writer reading and rereading the work of the two illustrious Canadian short story writers. Dr Catherine Bes will be chairing this talk on behalf of the Yorkshire Network for Canadian Studies. Space is limited for this special event, so please do RSVP if you’ve had an invitation, or contact Catherine at c.bates@hud.ac.uk to enquire about availability of places.

Thursday, 3rd April, 2014. 10:30-12:00
with coffee and tea provided
Canadian High Commission
Macdonald House
1 Grosvenor Square
London W1K 4AB