Virtual Mini-Fest 2020

Caroline Adderson

The Writing Week Facilitator and Moderator Caroline Adderson is the author of four novels (A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky is Falling, Ellen in Pieces), two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased to Meet You) as well as fifteen books for young readers.  She is also the editor and co-contributor of a non-fiction book  of essays and photographs, Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival.  Her work has received numerous award nominations and has won three BC Book Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement.  She lives in Vancouver.

Mark Jaccard

is an SFU professor since 1986 teaching courses in environment and resource economics, sustainable energy and materials, and policy modeling. His research focuses on the development and application of energy-economy-emissions models that simulate the likely effects of sustainable energy policies. He has a 2020 published book  A Citizen’s Guide to Climate and the links below show him addressing various climate change questionsHis book is available to order online:

Libby Davies

is well known to most Canadians for her work on social justice both inside parliament and out on the streets for more than four decades. Her aptly titled memoir, Outside In, is both a political and personal story.  Here she tells her Denman Island audience why she wrote her book (video by Kim Elliot publisher of )

Peggy Herring

is the author of novels, short stories and essays that are published in magazines and literary journals. She has worked as an editor, a communications consultant, and as a producer and journalist for CBC Radio. She speaks here about her latest novel, Anna, Like Thunder, which blends fact and fiction to explore the early days of contact between Indigenous people and Europeans off the west coast of North America.  The book offers a fresh interpretation of history and she tells the Denman audience about her research and considerations during the process of writing.

Kate Harris

While taking a break from her studies towards becoming a scientist fit for a space mission, Kate Harris and a friend embarked on a bicycle trip in Asia. Lands of Lost Borders is the travel memoir describing her experiences bicycling 10,000 kilometres of the historic Silk Road.  Hear her speak about this adventure as well as her current life living off grid in Atlin, BC.

Watch video highlights from her bicycle adventure HERE.

Anosh Irani

was born and brought up in Bombay and moved to Vancouver in 1998.  His work has been translated into eleven languages, and he teaches Creative Writing at SFU.  After four critically acclaimed novels, his latest book of short stories, Translated from the Gibberish, features seven fictional tales of characters living between two worlds, India and Canada, much like Irani himself.  His message/reading for Denman Island

He tells us more about this story in this book review.

Jónína Kirton 

is a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet, facilitator and manuscript consultant, who looks at the stories of her ancestors as the common thread throughout much of her writing. Jónína graduated from the SFU Writer’s Studio in 2007 where she now teaches and is their Indigenous Advisor.  She speaks here about her 2018 book of poetry, An Honest Woman.  Listen to her  reading for us, the Denman audience…

Michael Christie

is the award-winning author of the novel If I Fall, If I Die, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller prize. His essays and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Globe & Mail.
He reads and speaks here about his most recent novel, Greenwood, deals with a futuristic family’s fortunes with Canada’s dwindling old-growth trees.

Watch an interview with the Vancouver Island Regional Library here.

Tetsuro Shigematsu

is a writer/director/cineaste/actor/radio host/stand-up comic/scholar who was a former writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes on CBC television and hosted The Roundup on CBC Radio. His recent book/one act play, One Hour Photo, tells the story of Mas Yamamoto, a man whose life was swept up by the major currents of the twentieth century.  Listen to Tetsuro read from his play Empire of the Son.

Brian Goldman

is an emergency room doctor, a leading voice for reform of the healthcare system and the host of the CBC Radio show White Coat, Black Art.   In researching his current book, The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy is Essential in Everyday Life, he undertook a personal odyssey around the world to meet the most empathetic people alive, learn their secrets and understand more about how kindness is vital to our physical and mental health.  Listen to him tell us why in this presentation recorded at the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, in Sechelt 2019.

Denman Writers

LUCY DABBS is 19 years old and has lived on Denman Island since the age of two.  She has been reading at the DIRWF for over a decade. She spent the last two years studying at a UWC (United World College) school in Japan to complete her high school. Writing is a creative outlet for Lucy and a way of sharing her imagination with others.

BILL ENGLESON is a retired social worker, pickleball aficionado, energetic novelist, poet,
humourist, essayist, flash fictionista, an engaged community volunteer, and is resident on Denman Island. He has published one noirish social work novel, Like a Child to Home, which received an Honourable Mention at the inaugural 2016 Whistler Independent Book Awards. In 2016, Silver Bow Publishing released his second book, a collection of humorous literary essays entitled Confessions of an Inadvertently Gentrifying Soul.
He has any number of writing projects in the hopper including a prequel to his first novel, Drawn Towards the Sun, and a detective mystery set in the 1970s, A Short Rope on a Nasty Night.
For more information, check his twitter, @billmelaterplea, and his occasionally updated website/blog

LORRAINE MARTINUIK is a Canadian poet and artist. She has published poetry and prose sporadically over the past thirty years in Canadian and American literary journals and in three anthologies. She holds an MFA in Poetry, a BA in English, and a BFA in Sculpture. Her home is on Taystayic (Denman Island) on BC’s west coast, in the traditional territory of the K’omoks nation.

GRAHAM HAYMAN is a freelance writer/editor on Denman Island, BC. His media experience includes reportage in print, television, and video, and he taught news and documentary production in South Africa’s biggest school of journalism. With his wife Kathleen he immigrated to Canada in 2000.

JP (JO-ANNE) McLEAN  writes thrillers with a supernatural twist. She teases the possible out of the impossible and is best known for her Gift Legacy series. Readers call her books addictive, smart, and binge-worthy. Her debut novel earned honourable mention at the Whistler Independent Book Awards. JP lives and writes from her home on Denman Island and you can find her at

CAROLYNE MONTGOMERY  is an emerging writer recently retired from a career in medicine. She is a graduate of the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio and has boxes of journals from the last fifty years filled with observations about people, places and situations. Her best ideas come while she is riding her bike up steep hills or swimming in salt water anywhere.  She still thinks recipes are poetry. Her two cats unreservedly support her.

HOWARD MACDONALD STEWART is author of Views of the Salish Sea: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Change around the Strait of Georgia (Harbour Publishing, 2017). An historical geographer and semi-retired international consultant whose work has taken him to more than seventy countries since the 1970s, Howard has been on Denman Island, off and on, since the mid-’80s.

He is writing a three volume account of his decades on the road (which includes an account of work in Mongolia, from which he is reading an excerpt for the 2020 DIRW). He procrastinates by reviewing books for The Ormsby Review and BC Studies. His account of a long ago bicycle trip down the Danube River with war hero and celebrity cyclist Cornelius Burke, “Bumbling down the Danube,” was published in The Ormsby Review (no. 21 Sept.-Oct. 2016 ) , and the prequel, “The year of the bicycle: 1973,” followed in Ormsby no. 788 April 2, 2020. He has also written a popular Remembrance Day piece, “Why the Red Poppies Matter”, issued twice in The Ormsby Review, most recently in no. 420, November 11, 2018

STEWART GOODINGS is a former federal and provincial civil servant who now enjoys helping to organize the  annual Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival, and when inspiration strikes (too rarely) he likes to write.