Writing the West Coast: In Love With Place

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Christine Lowther, Anita Sinner
RONSDALE Press, Apr 15, 2008 - Science - 272 pages
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This collection of over thirty essays by both well-known and emerging writers explores what it means to "be at home" on Canada's West Coast. The essays examine ways of investing landscape with meaning so as to find landscapes of meaning. The writers describe yearning for a particular place and way of being; arriving at a personal habitat and community; lingering in nature's spaces of contemplation; immersing oneself in the natural world; and encountering one's surroundings in diverse, inspiring, and sometimes humorous ways. Two familiar voices are Susan Musgrave, who writes with affection about the "excluded" Haida Gwaii, and grandmother-activist Betty Krawczyk, who describes living in a remote A-frame under mountains that have been clear-cut, and how this leads her to join the blockades. Many other well-known voices include Brian Brett, Alexandra Morton, Briony Penn, Andrew Struthers, Kate Braid, Keith Harrison, Adrienne Mason, Joanna Streetly, David Pitt-Brooke and more. All of these writers contribute to the creation of a community of inquiry engaged in searching for home, finding purpose and a sense of belonging in creative and aesthetically revealing ways that are uniquely West Coast.

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Christine Lowther is the author of New Power and A Cabin in Clayoquot. Her work has been featured on CBC Radio's North by Northwest and published in newspapers and periodicals. She lives in Clayoquot Sound.Anita Sinner teaches art in the Teacher Education program at UBC. She explores women's experiences, identity transformations, understandings of place, and the social construction of the self. She is an exhibiting photographic artist living in Victoria.

A long time resident of Canada's far west coast, Anita Sinner divides her time between Sooke and Montreal, where she is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at Concordia University. Her research interests include community art education, arts methods, relational aesthetics, life and light writing and digital media. As an artist, researcher and teacher, she brings interdisciplinary perspectives to social and cultural issues in education.

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