Giller Prize 2018

November 19, 2018

Congratulations to ESI EDUGYAN who won this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel Washington Black.  This was her second win, having taken the Prize in 2011 for Half-Blood Blues. Washington Black was also on the Booker shortlist this year.

I have to admit to having not read either of her novels before tonight.  This will change.

Image: Red Tulips #2

November 19, 2018

Poem: Descent

November 19, 2018


The rustic lane unwinds

its way from the mountain

like a lover leaving her man

after a lingering entwining kiss;


a solitary clump of bluebells

reflects aquamarine raindrops

on the hood of the passing car

like mirrors round as hazelnuts in the mist;


and as I ignore the windowed beauty

the weekend ending burns into my soul

leaving me wondering if, once I’m gone,

she’ll remember me with a cheer or a hiss.


Remembering Joe Hill

November 19, 2018

Today is the 103rd anniversary of the murder by the state of the great Wobbly songwriter and martyr Joe Hill.

A minute’s silence, and then back to the important work that still remains unfinished.