Connected to my science life, I’ve just been interviewed by the NPR program Science Friday about a recent mission to the Arctic. We had a a great trip planned, with science, education and outreach components, but we ran into some trouble as soon as we got out into the Gulf of Boothia. Science isn’t always easy, but we persevere!
When I was a young teen, I spent my baby-sitting money on books by Joan Aiken, one of the most prolific and imaginative young adult writers of the last century. Rollicking adventures set in an alternate version of the eighteenth, they were by turns silly, scary, and subversive, with brave, intelligent, young characters. I just wrote a review of Aiken’s series The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, which you can read at the excellent Albion Magazine.
Event coming up for anyone in the Montreal area. My short play “Down in the Valley”, a meditation on what it means to be human set in a kind of post-Apocalyptic Quebec City, is getting a public reading with the community theatre group Theatre NDG. This is such a cool program that they do, giving writers a chance to test out the plays they’re developing in front of a live audience. I’m very excited and a little nervous to hear my words read aloud by their actors. Plus, it’s a double feature, so the audience gets to hear two plays in one evening!
Northern Review, a peer-reviewed journal exploring human experience in the circumpolar regions, has just done a special issue on northern literature, and my short story “Permafrost” is in it. In this story about a family emigrating from Bangkok to Svalbard, Nok has always believed implicitly in her parents’ love for each other—until an unforeseen crisis casts doubt on the very foundations of their family. Head on over and read it!
The lovely online Albion Magazine has just published my review of Rumer Godden’s 1955 novel An Episode of Sparrows, about children planting a garden in the rubble of bombed London. The book was also made into a film called Innocent Sinners, starring talented child actress June Archer, which you can find on YouTube. Both the book and the movie have some uncomfortable and sad moments, but the overall message is one of irrepressible life. You can read the full review here.
The summer issue of carte-blanche has just come out, and with it my short story, “The Merlot.” A story that’s about friendship, growing up, and being a girl. You can go read it here.
I have a new writing project: I’ve challenged myself to try to write a sonnet every day. It’s an exercise, partly in writing skills (like doing scales on the piano), and partly in mindfulness: writing a poem is a particular way of paying attention to the everyday things that surround us. The sonnets are going up, one at a time, here.
Let’s see how long I can keep it up!