Sunday, 21 September 2014

A Tale of Two Residencies


This past year, I was lucky enough to participate in two different writers' residency programs: one in Banff and one in Barcelona. I recently wrote a short post about my time at the Banff Centre here.

In Barcelona, I was living at Jiwar Creation and Society. The founders organized a six-week residency to coincide with Festa de San Jordi, a Valentine's Day-like holiday when people exchange both flowers and books with their sweethearts. (This is obviously my new favourite holiday.) At the end of my Jiwar stay, I was invited to do a public reading in the garden. It was an unforgettable experience to read from my novel in the same neighbourhood where the work was originally inspired. I'm so grateful to have spent time in both of these artist-supportive and beautiful places.