Rudy Wiebe on the challenges of biography

  Rudy Wiebe is a novelist, short story writer and essayist. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for The Temptations of Big Bear. In this clip, Wiebe discusses the challenge for biographers of gathering a nuanced picture of their subjects. For him, documenting the Cree leader Big […]

Colm Tóibín on discipline

Colm Tóibín is the award-winning author of seven internationally acclaimed novels. In this clip, taken from the Humber School for Writers round table at the 2008 Festival, Tóibín recounts a piece of advice he was given by a friend on the discipline required to be a writer: “It’s slightly like being an athlete in that the more […]

IFOA 35 author Peter Robinson on writing

Peter Robinson is the author of the hugely successful Inspector Banks series. Although based in Canada, his novels are often set in England. In the below clip, he discusses how living in Canada has helped him to write about his native North Yorkshire. “The great thing about coming to Canada,’ he says, “is that Canada gives […]

IFOA 35 author Michael Crummey on storytelling in Newfoundland

At the 2013 IFOA, author Michael Crummey was joined by Wayne Johnston and Peter Robinson for a discussion about the importance of setting in their stories. In the below clip, Crummey describes how Newfoundlanders have, what he calls, “an inherent sense of narrative” and how that sense has influenced his own writing. “Storytelling in Newfoundland,” […]

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