What does home mean to you? The Whistler Writers Festival will explore the idea on May 17 at the spring reading event “Travel, Place, Indentity: Unpacking the Idea of Home.”
Residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor are eligible for a writing contest. Short stories of 250 words tor less could earn the winner a cash prize, tickets to the reading and a chance to read their own work.
“Anyone who has traveled or lived in lands that were not their place of origin will have thought about what home means, and how much we identify with our sense of place,” said Stella Harvey, the festival’s artistic director.
Sharing the stage with the contest winner will be four authors who have all lived, travelled and written in locations around the world. Pat Ardley (originally from the prairies, now West Van), Amy Fung (who has laid her head in Hong Kong and Treaty 6 Territory near Edmonton), Becky Livingston (from England, a stint in the U.S. and now Vancouver), Geoff Powter (found often in the Himalayas and in magazines) will all discuss finding a sense of place and what happens when home changes.
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre will host the event, which will be monitored by Leslie Anthony, a Whistler-based writer and biologist. Each author will read some of their work, and share their thoughts on home.
Find tickets and more information about the event and contest at http://whistlerwritersfest.com/