Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival is Room magazine’s annual literary festival, a celebration of diverse Canadian writers and artists which takes place every March on the traditional, unceded, and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples (Vancouver, British Columbia).
Red Gate Revue Stage, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Punch up at the patriarchy with an afternoon of witty poetry and prose featuring some of the most incisive and hilarious writers in the country—Ivan Coyote, Molly Cross-Blanchard, Jo Dworkshack, Eden Robinson, Hana Shafi, and Lindsay Wong. Hosted by Jocelyn Tennant.
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The Vast Inscape: Writing About Mental Health
Native Education College, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
To write is to reflect and ruminate, to follow the twists of one’s inscape and mine its vulnerabilities—this can be healing, but it can also intensify the wounds. Four writers—Meghan Bell, Amanda Leduc, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, and Lindsay Wong—discuss the complexities and challenges of writing about mental health: how it can be both a source of inspiration and one of the greatest barriers to a writer’s “productivity” (ugh), how the ways we talk about “mindfulness” and “self-care” in popular culture can do more harm than good, and how to write responsibly about mental health in a culture that stigmatizes, marginalizes, and gaslights people who are struggling to stay “sane”—if there can be such a thing—in our mad and maddening world. Moderated by Lydia Kwa.
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Body & Soul
Native Education College, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Join us for the launch of Body & Soul, with featured readings by contributors Sharon Bala, Betsy Warland, Meharoona Ghani, and Amanda Leduc. Edited by Susan Scott, the anthology invites women from marginalized or misunderstood communities to speak to faith, practice, religion and ceremony, to confess our sublimely unconventional modes of spiritual yearning. It’s about asking those who have been so often excluded from conversations about spirituality, to step up, to lead, dare to ask those questions and break that silence. Hosted by Susan Scott.
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