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Notes & Queries

The Horse on the Road

September 14, 2015
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The Horse on the Road The road is pretty much a straight one: highway, with various intersections and stop lights.  It passes a small shopping mall, a tiny airport,  various yards stacked with lumber , a used car lots, garages, two farmer’s markets.  To the left:  high ground, still snow-capped; to the right, glimpses of […]

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Kathy Page on the short story, an interview with Trevor Corkum

September 5, 2015
Kathy Page writer TC The short story form is chameleon and shape shifting, filled with infinite possibility. The best short fiction, I think, comes into being seemingly fully formed, completely original, sui generis. Who are the short story writers you admire most? What short fiction writers have had the biggest impact on your own work in this form? […]

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The Wishing Tree

July 4, 2015

While drinking coffee at the Cornerstone Café in Fernwood, I noticed  something flickering in one of the  trees across the road. The tree grew in the paved area by the Belfry Theatre–it was some kind of ornamental cherry,  I thought–low and unusually broad, the  lower ends of its branches either trimmed straight, or  growing in […]

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Living in The Mansions

September 2, 2014
Carlton Mansions

I now live in a forest on an island near Vancouver.  But it has not always been so, and I’ve been meaning to post this piece about Carlton Mansions for over a year.   I understand that the residents are still fighting the council’s latest attempts to evict them from 387 Coldharbour Lane, where I spent […]

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Paradise & Elsewhere in Upcoming4me

June 17, 2014

Paradise and Elsewhere  comes out in the USA this month. Here in Upcoming4me  is an article about the background to the book, and how one  the stories, “Low Tide,” was inspired by a trip to Oregon. For years, I carried the idea of a new short story collection in the back of my mind, yet did […]

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Kathy Page on the Blog Tour

June 9, 2014
Arnon Grunberg, from Writers at Work

We writers may not always admit it, but we love to know how other writers work, and, if my experience at readings is anything to go by, it’s something  readers find fascinating, too. Why should this be?  On the face of it a person sitting, standing (or even walking) at a desk, either typing or […]

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Reading in Real Time

December 21, 2013

It’s out! The current bright red issue of Canadian Notes & Queries celebrates the work of John Metcalf, writer, critic and editor extraordinaire. Tucked in amongst appreciations of John from Kim Jernigan, Clark Blaise, Caroline Adderson and many others, is a short story of mine, “G’Ming,” from the collection Paradise & Elsewhere, forthcoming with Biblioasis […]

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December 3, 2013
Huacachina, Peru, by Luca Galuzzi g

It’s done! I’ve  just sent the final edit of the text of my  collection of short stories, Paradise & Elsewhere,  to Biblioasis. Years of work go into a book; sending it out ushers in a delicious cocktail of  emotions, which may include (but is not limited to) satisfaction, lassitude, excitement, euphoria, anxiety, and exhaustion. The net […]

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Art, Crime, Poverty and Power

April 28, 2013
Colours of Corruption

This is an unashamed plug for Jackie Jaques, whose novel The Colours of Corruption, just published by Honno Press has been nominated for the People’s Book Prize in the UK. I look forward to reading it!

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The Perfect Day (memoir)

February 2, 2013

This  piece, published in Carte Blanche,  centres on a day out with two nonagenarians: one of the last excursions my parents and I took together.    

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