Walking Cities brings together two authors, Dionne Brand and Vahni Capildeo, to exchange ideas related to identities, places and territories. The paired writers will discuss how various places have influenced their own writing and thinking. This will result in a series of thought-provoking intercultural podcasts and short films produced and made available in November 2017. This panel event will allow the audience to join the conversation and reflect on the relationship between thinking and the places and spaces we live in. Hosted by Shawn Micallef.
Presented in partnership with the British Council Canada
Dionne Brand is the winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Toronto Book Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing. Brand was Toronto's Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2012. In 2017, she was inducted into the Order of Canada. This year, she releases both a new novel, Theory, and a genre-bending poetry collection, The Blue Clerk.
Vahni Capildeo is a Scotland-based writer whose poetry includes Utter (Peepal Tree Press), Simple Complex Shapes (Shearsman) and Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet; Forward Poetry Prizes Best Collection 2016). Her non-fiction appears regularly in PN Review; recently she has written on a feminist gardener in Kenya and on cocoa-growing in Trinidad for adda, the online magazine from Commonwealth Writers. She is an incoming Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow at the University of Leeds.
Shawn Micallef is the author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto, Full Frontal TO, and The Trouble With Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure. His new book Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness was published in early 2017. He’s a weekly columnist at the Toronto Star, and a senior editor and co-owner of the independent, Jane Jacobs Prize–winning magazine Spacing. Shawn teaches at the University of Toronto and was a 2011-2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College. In 2002, while a resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s – Media Lab, he co-founded [murmur], the location-based mobile phone documentary project that has spread to over 25 cities globally. In 2016 he hosted and co-wrote Accidental Parkland, a documentary on Toronto's ravines. Shawn was the Toronto Public Library's urban-focused Writer in Residence in fall, 2013.