Hoogland is giving readings in Vancouver, Victoria, Michigan USA, London, and Stockholm, Sweden. Stay posted for more details.
April 12, 1 pm Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV) http://www.cacv.ca/?s=cornelia+hoogland+
April 12, 7 pm The On the Edge reading series, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BChttp://www.ecuad.ca/about/events/164592
April 13, Planet Earth Poetry Victoria BC
April 13-17 AERA Vancouver academic conference (reading)
April 19-21 Festival of Faith and Writing Ann Arbour Michigan USA
April 26 7 pm April is Poetry Month at the London Public Library, 251 Dundas St. London On.
August 7-12, 2012 ALECC Conference: Space + Memory = Place. University of British Columbia, Kelowna BC http://www.alecc.ca/news.php
August 15 – 21, 2012, Women Playwrights’ International, Stockholm Swedenhttp://www.wpinternational.net/conference/stockholm-2012
Faim De Loup (Hungry Wolf) is a one act play based on the fairy tale Red Riding Hood.
Jeanette Lynes says of my book of poetry on the same subject (Woods Wolf Girl, Wolsak and Wynn, 2011), “Red Riding Hood like you’ve never encountered her before. Hoogland has nailed it in this chilling contemporary re-telling of the age-old tale. Layered and smart as hell.”
400 years since Perrault first wrote down fairy tales, they continue to be retold and rewritten. Hundreds of versions of Red Riding Hood are produced and published in many genres and formats each year – most recently, Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood, 2011; Campion’s Sleeping Beauty, 2011; Once Upon a Time and Grimm (the later are both television shows that premiered this season). My own work with the Grimms’ version of the tale shows me the almost limitless levels of meaning available in this one tale.
Development of Faim de Loup and Time Line
- January 2009. Close (one scene of Faim de Loup) selected for the Grand Theatre Playwrights’ Cabaret, London, ON. Gil Garrat, Director.
- January 2012. My one act play, Faim de Loup (Hungry Wolf) selected for a professional reading at Playwrights’ Cabaret, Grand Theatre, London, ON., Jeff Culbert, directing.
- February 2012. Faim de Loup (Hungry Wolf) selected for inclusion at Women Playwrights International in Stockholm, Sweden in August, 2012. (Play was submitted as Talking in Bed).
This chapbook published by Alfred Gustav Press as part of their subscription series, http://www3.telus.net/dzieroth/alfredgustav.html, is about Gravelly Bay on Denman Island BC.
From where you stand at Gravelly Bay – a ferry terminal on Denman Island – you can see your destination – Hornby – and watch the ferry shuttle back and forth across the Lambert channel between the two islands. It’s a powerful thing, to be able to see your home one mile away but be prevented from completing your journey according to B.C. Ferries schedules and wait-time. Gravelly Bay concerns itself with the wait – in these poems you never board the ferry.
I began to consider different ways of looking at, and being in, a penultimate place; a territory similar to I consider different ways of looking at, and being in, a penultimate place, territory similar to Wallace Steven’s “13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” I wanted Gravelly Bay’s gift of time and place to be meaningful, and encouraged the complex of movements of my life to settle onto the rich and moving images of the bay and life at the terminal. The effect felt sometimes like video, at other times painterly and still, but always with a sense of collage, in which comparable pattern or colour of disparate images met (clashed, contrasted, compared), and in some lucky instances achieved the compression I aim for in my writing.
In poem VIII, Stevens writes, “the blackbird is involved/In what I know.” Similarly, crow is involved in what I know. Everywhere on British Columbia’s Gulf Islands, the communities of crows and ravens are vivid. Being in their presence and hearing their strong talk always gives me a welcome shift in perspective. Also involved in what I know is the boat- or ferryman with his mythological resonances; the I-Ching, that ancient Chinese classic text thought to pre-date recorded history, and the choreographies of Gravelly Bay. I gave these images to the narrator of my poems and relinquished my overarching purposes when I saw him give the work of conveying, of carrying, to the place itself.
The (Not so) Nice Dutch girl is meeting with the The (Not so) Nice Italian Girls and Friends at The Annex Live 296 Brunswick Ave., south of Bloor in Toronto on March 21, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Hoogland will be featured at the Art Bar Poetry Series at the Art Bar, Toronto (693 Bloor Street West, Toronto) on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 8:00pm. Hoogland will be reading with Lillian Necakov and Zoran Papic.
For more on this event, click here.
Old tale, new threads: Revisioning Red Riding Hood lecture at the Faculty of Education
The Faculty of Education presented the Joan Pedersen Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, February 9, 2012. Lectures will be given by Cornelia Hoogland, Professor in Western’s Faculty of Education, and Sandra L. Beckett, Professor at Brock University and member of the Royal Order of Canada. This lecture took place from 4:30pm to 6:00pm in the Community Room (1037) in the J.G. Althouse building at Western.
With her cloak and basket, Little Red Riding Hood has been going into the woods for centuries. This well-known fairy tale, whose heroine has become a universal icon, still haunts the collective imagination. The Red Riding Hood story has been retold and recast by numerous authors, illustrators, and media artists around the globe. With a forthcoming anthology on international retellings of the Red Riding Hood story, Beckett presented on how this remarkably versatile tale has been adapted to new social and cultural contexts. Hoogland gave a reading from her recent fairy tale revisioning, entitled Woods Wolf Girl (2011).The Joan Pedersen lecture series is made possible through the generous contribution of Dr. George Pedersen, surviving husband of Joan Pedersen (1931-1988). Joan Pedersen was a beloved elementary school teacher, curriculum materials author, and supervisor for primary-junior student teachers at Western. Dr. Pedersen remembers his wife as a person whose “generosity and cheerfulness made her everyone’s favourite.” This annual lecture event pays tribute to Joan Pedersen’s great vitality, outstanding accomplishments, and contributions to enriching the lives of so many others.
The Joan Pedersen lecture is one of many informative and stimulating outreach events of the Faculty of Education that will interest members of the university and the public. There is no charge for the lecture, and free parking is available in the north lot.
For more information, or for an interview opportunity, please contact Professor Cornelia Hoogland at email@example.com.