The Re-Read: The Meeting Point by Austin Clarke

Olive Senior and Hal Wake

The Re-Read: The Meeting Point by Austin Clarke

Olive Senior and Hal Wake

2:30pm

Monday, October 26, 2020

60 mins

In partnership with Writers’ Trust of Canada, we have created a series of dialogues exploring the last 75 years of writing in Canada. Each session brings you a contemporary writer in conversation with an important work of fiction or theatre that has offered a key moment of definition, change or challenge. Together, we get to ask questions around how major books can help shape and evolve deeper understandings of our culture.

This session covers The Meeting Point by Austin Clarke. Published in 1970, this novel forms a foundational early portrayal of anti-black racism in Canada, depicting the life of Caribbean immigrants in Toronto during the 1950s and 60s.

Presenter: Olive Senior
Moderator: Hal Wake

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In partnership with Writers’ Trust of Canada, we have created a series of dialogues exploring the last 75 years of writing in Canada. Each session brings you a contemporary writer in conversation with an important work of fiction or theatre that has offered a key moment of definition, change or challenge. Together, we get to ask questions around how major books can help shape and evolve deeper understandings of our culture.

This session covers The Meeting Point by Austin Clarke. Published in 1970, this novel forms a foundational early portrayal of anti-black racism in Canada, depicting the life of Caribbean immigrants in Toronto during the 1950s and 60s.

Presenter: Olive Senior
Moderator: Hal Wake

English captioning is available for this video. Please click the ‘CC’ button in the video toolbar to turn it on.

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Olive Senior writes and publishes in all genres because nobody told her she couldn't. She is the prizewinning author of 18 books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature. Her poetry book Over the Roofs of the World was shortlisted for the Governor-General’s award and Gardening in the Tropics was on both the International Baccalaureate syllabus and the CAPE syllabus for Caribbean schools. Olive Senior is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize. She has lectured and conducted writing workshops internationally and is a long-time mentor for Diaspora Dialogues and The Humber School for Writers. Appearance supported by Humber College.

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Hal Wake has been engaged with the literary community in Canada for almost 40 years. In the mid-1980s he was the book producer for CBC Radio's Morningside with Peter Gzowski. He has hosted or moderated hundreds of literary events at Festivals in Vancouver, Victoria, New York, Melbourne and Sydney Australia. He has interviewed Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie among many others. He is an honorary member of the Writers Union of Canada, on the board of the Writers' Trust of Canada and was Artistic Director of the Vancouver Writers Festival for 12 years.

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2:30pm

Monday, October 26, 2020

60 mins

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