Anakana Schofield – Author of Martin John and Malarky

Crossings merci

I’ve received three lovely messages from people who attended the Betty Lambert event. Thank you so much to the women who wrote to me. Especially to the woman who couldn’t make it to the event because she was ill, but looked me up and sought out Betty’s plays and Crossings and took the time to write and tell me of her experience with the work.

“…wanted to thank you anyway for bringing Lambert’s work to my attention. I read a couple of her plays with much interest and am almost finished Crossings. I find this author’s voice to be engagingly authentic and her subject matter disturbing yet pertinent in light of the ‘woman’ question.”

I did make a blog to post responses to Crossings from readers, but I have manage to forget what I called it. It will come back to me.

Crossings: a return Dec 1, 2010

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the event I organized last night at the Vancouver Public Library, Crossings: a return.

I’m extremely grateful to the readers Julie Okot Bitek, Annabel Lyon, Claudia Casper, Renee Rodin, Lori Weidenhammer for their support and enthusiasm in this ongoing adventure of ours, their contributions were so thoughtful, considered, and engaging, alongside beautifully delivered readings from the novel and one of Betty’s plays

We were honoured to have Betty Lambert’s family at the event and a special thank you to Betty’s daughter Ruth-Ann Lambert and Betty’s sister Dorothy who (impromptu) shared such moving stories about Betty.

When I conceived of this event I could never have imagined what took place.  I continue to be struck by how the dynamic of multiple writers engaging, considering and reading from the same book affords us a rich and fruitful engagement with the text. Last night’s event was about the reading of literature, it sprung from the absent minded grab of a book on the Reference shelf on the first floor of VPL, back whenever it was (likely recorded on this blog) and to have my enthusiasm for the book translate into what took place and was shared last night was so uplifting and I am v grateful to everyone who came out to the event.

Crossings is an astonishing novel, I hope readers discover it or rediscover it and I hope it’s returned to print shortly whether digital or paper.

Event…Crossings: a return

Come on out people and embrace/re-embrace/ discover/celebrate your literature

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