Eliza Robertson book launch

Rising Canadian literary darling and one of the Writing department's most amazing recent undergrads, Eliza Robertson will be launching her debut short story collection Wallflowers in Victoria on Thursday, August 21. Described by publisher Penguin as "quirky and...

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Back to the future

It's the typical sessional's dilemma—what to do with all that course material you so painstakingly prepared once your course is over? Longtime sessional instructor and Fine Arts communication honcho John Threlfall found a solution: he's flipped the viewing list from...

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Four on the Floor

New faces will soon be seen in the faculty boardroom, as four departmental mainstays step into fresh administrative roles for three-year terms. Three new Chairs have been announced: Allana Lindgren in Theatre; David Leach in Writing; and Paul Walde in Visual Arts. Not...

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Growing the Concrete Garden

If you’re like many of the Garden City’s residents, you’ll be spending part of your summer getting your hands dirty. But whether you have a backyard garden, community plot or simply grown tomatoes on your balcony—or are part of one of the more serious urban...

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Summer plans (part two)

What else is on the horizon for Fine Arts faculty members? Department of Writing professor Lee Henderson has his sophomore novel, The Road Narrows As You Go, coming out this fall . . . which he's, uh, still putting the finishing touches to this summer. But it has...

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Summer plans (part one)

Who doesn't like summer? Classes are finished, the fall semester is still far enough away to not worry about and we've all got some time to put towards our own creative practices. What's on deck for some of our faculty this summer? Let's find out. Outgoing Associate...

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Shelagh Rogers named next UVic chancellor

It's the kind of news that will warm the heart of any arts supporter: famed CBC Radio host Shelagh Rogers has been named the University of Victoria’s 11th chancellor. The news was announced to a packed room in UVic’s Mearns Centre for Learning on May 29, as a beaming...

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More Writing prizes & nominations

There's never a slow season, it seems, when it comes to honouring faculty, students and alumni of the Writing department. Newly minted Writing MFA Erin Frances Fisher was announced as the winner of the 20th annual $5,000 Writers' Trust RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for...

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Good news for Gaston

It's been a busy spring for new Writing MFA Connor Gaston—who certainly hasn't waited until graduation to start making a name for himself. The talented director-on-the-rise has been touring film festivals with 'Til Death—the latest short film to emerge from Writing...

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Size matters at CCWWP

If there’s one thing Department of Writing delegates will know before arriving at the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs conference this week, it’s that size does matter. Unlike its American counterpart, the CCWWP is expecting about 200 attendees at their...

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Fine Arts in the 2014 M Awards

While their printed format may have changed, the local Monday Magazine is still running their annual M Awards honouring what they describe as "Greater Victoria's best and brightest in the arts and entertainment field." Fine Arts faculty, students, staff and alumni...

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Get your game on

If you still think video games are mere distractions that don’t really matter, it’s time to get into the 21st century—where gaming is a $2 billion industry in Canada alone, generating $24 million in Victoria. Expand that worldwide and you’re looking at $63 billion in...

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Books, books, books

Spring has sprung and there's no better way to mark the return of the leaves than with some exciting book news from Department of Writing graduates. (Get it? Books, leaves, pages . . . ah, never mind.) First up is news that recent MFA Arleen Paré is launching her...

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Stand by your Man

Chalk up another achievement for Department of Writing MFA graduates: this month, Aaron Shepard is releasing his debut novel, When Is A Man. Shepard, who picked up his MFA back in 2010, is only the latest in a string of Writing MFAs—including Anne Marie Bennett,...

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Recent Fine Arts media roundup

Whatever the season, our Fine Arts faculty always seem to be in the media. The only trick is keeping up with it all! Kicking off 2014, History in Art's Victoria Wyatt was announced as a contributor to the influential Edge blog. For those not familiar with Edge, it's...

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Phoenix’s Unity (1918) “a visual poem”

Here's a tip if you're planning on seeing Unity (1918) at the Phoenix Theatre this week: book fast! Given the outstanding reviews the show has been receiving, tickets won't last long—and the show closes after two final performances on Saturday, March 22. Click here...

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Unity (1918) is history in the making

Kevin Kerr is coming full circle. Back in 2002, the noted playwright received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Unity (1918); now a professor in the Department of Writing, Kerr is directing his first show for Phoenix Theatre this month—and it’s Unity (1918), a...

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Live from the set of Maureen Bradley’s feature film

Looking for creative practice and experiential learning all in one? Check out what Department of Writing professor Maureen Bradley is doing on her study leave: shooting the feature film Two 4 One, using a mix of professional and student crew. While Bradley is an...

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WordsThaw this weekend

The Malahat Review's annual "intellectual icebreaker at the cusp of spring" returns this week, and many Department of Writing faculty, alumni and graduate students are involved. It promises to be a fascinating and illuminating weekend of literary learning. Here's...

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Fine Arts at IdeaFest

Want to change the world? All you need is the right idea. UVic's third annual IdeaFest is back and ready to expand your mind with fascinating ideas from fascinating people. Running March 3 to 8 at various venues across campus, IdeaFest offers over 50 ideas worth...

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Going for the gold . . . in art?

Who says you're never too old to compete in the Olympics? Just ask John Copley—he was 73 when he won a Silver Medal in the 1948 London Olympics. A septugenarian shotputter, perhaps? A sailor still in his prime? Nope—Copley won Silver for art in the "Mixed Paintings,...

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Reel Life Learning

The tools writing professor Maureen Bradley uses with her students may not immediately leap to mind when most people think about research at UVic. But for Bradley, lights and cameras are very much the focus of the action when it comes to film production. “Research is...

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Upcoming events

As always, there's plenty going on in the Fine Arts faculty. Here's a quick roundup of what's coming up in the next couple of weeks: Open Word: Reading and Ideas with Gillian Jerome The founder of Canadian Women in the Literary Arts and celebrated co-creator of Hope...

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Media roundup for early January

2014 started off fast and furious for Fine Arts, with a flurry of media coverage coming out of the new year's gate. Wrapping up 2013, History in Art's Eva Baboula was interviewed by Vancouver's Jewish Independent newspaper for this late December article. She was...

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Celebrating Lorna Crozier

With a sold-out house, gales of laughter, heartfelt reminiscences, touching readings and a few sincerely dewy-eyed moments, the Literary Celebration of Lorna Crozier proved to be a smash success! And, thanks to the nearly 300 people filling the David Lam Auditorium on...

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Concrete Garden wants you (or your students)

Are you a keen student looking to gain some volunteer work experience in the magazine writing realm—or do you have a student who's looking to get published and learn more about the world of magazines? Either way, check out Concrete Garden. UVic's own Concrete Garden...

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Southam Lecturer Tom Hawthorn defends sports writing

The Department of Writing is pleased to announce that veteran journalist Tom Hawthorn has been selected as the 2014 Harvey S. Southam Visiting Lecturer. With his impressively diverse reporting background, Hawthorn joins the exclusive roster of other top-flight...

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Who’s in the news

Wow, it's been a busy month for Fine Arts in the news. Not only did we already run this media roundup earlier in November, as well as a post about the fantastic reviews the latest Phoenix show has been getting, but there's also been a flurry of new media activity well...

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Join Us For A Literary Celebration of Lorna Crozier

For over 20 years, Lorna Crozier helped shape the future of Canadian poets and writers as a professor in the Department of Writing. Now, her legacy will live on in the form of the Lorna Crozier Scholarship for undergraduate writing students—and to help kick off the...

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Media roundup for the fall

Once again, it's been a busy season for Fine Arts coverage in the local media. Here's a quick roundup of who's been hitting the headlines. The School of Music is always a strong source of stories. In this article, visiting trombonist Abbie Conant spoke to the Times...

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Fall events in Fine Arts: November

It's another busy month for Fine Arts events, with a pair of exclusive gallery exhibitions, as well as a full lineup of readings, concerts, visiting artists, the first Phoenix Theatre mainstage production of the 2013-14 season and a special gala literary celebration...

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October events in Fine Arts

Okay, where did September go? Somehow the first month of the school year zoomed by faster than a speeding bunny pursued by a campus groundskeeper. Ah well, on to October, which has its own busy schedule of events ready to go. • First up is the Lafayette String...

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