True Confessions and Tall Tales

Hera Lindsay Bird, Dina Del Bucchia, Dawn Dumont, Leanne Dunic

True Confessions and Tall Tales

Host: Angie Abdou

Event Number: 70
Tickets: $20.00

True Confessions and Tall Tales

Hera Lindsay Bird, Dina Del Bucchia, Dawn Dumont, Leanne Dunic

Friday, October 20
8:30pm - 12:00am
Revue Stage

1601 Johnston St.

A zany mix of quiz show, stand-up comedy, music, confessions and more is probably what’s in store tonight—but who knows? New Zealand poet Hera Lindsay Bird’s debut was a provocative, raunchy bestseller that launched her to semi-cult status. Fringe Fest alum and comedian Dina Del Bucchia’s debut story collection, Don’t Tell Me What to Do, isn’t scared to tell the truth about those of us who are emotional and who care too much about things that might seem ridiculous. Dawn Dumont has worked as a stand-up comic. Her new stories weave together the friendships of four Indigenous First Nations people over two decades. Leanne Dunic, singer and guitarist with the band The Deep Cove, is also a multidisciplinary artist and writer. Friday night, you’re out with friends and a little wine, anything could happen.

Event Authors:

Hera Lindsay Bird

New Zealand

​Hera Lindsay Bird has an MA in poetry and is one of the most acclaimed young poets to emerge from New Zealand. Her poetry reflects her wicked sense of humour and has been described by Sunday Magazine as “fearless.” Bird’s self-titled debut was the fastest selling book of poetry published by Victoria University Press and has “themes as varied as snow and tears.” She continues to work in a bookstore in Wellington while writing a children’s detective novel.


Hera Lindsay Bird’s appearance is made possible by Creative New Zealand.

Dina Del Bucchia

British Columbia

Dina Del Bucchia is the author of three books of poetry, has worked with Poetry Is Dead magazine, the Robson Reading Series and is the Artistic Director of the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series. She hosts Can’t Lit, a podcast on Canadian literature and culture, with Daniel Zomparelli. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she currently teaches. In her debut story collection, Don’t Tell me What to Do, Del Bucchia writes about the people who don’t fit in and how they try to place themselves in the world.


Dawn Dumont


Dawn Dumont is a Plains Cree comedian, actor and writer. She has written for CBC Radio and the Edmonton Journal, and is currently a columnist for Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Regina Leader-Post and Eagle Feather News.  Her work has been published in magazines, literary journals and anthologies like Now and Gatherings. Glass Beads is Dumont’s new short story collection about the friendship of four First Nations people and how they evolve through family tragedy, historical events, and newfound intimacy over two decades.


Leanne Dunic

British Columbia

Leanne Dunic is a writer, multidisciplinary artist and musician. Her work has been published in several magazines and anthologies. Her short story “Without Her” won the Alice Munro Short Story Prize in 2015. She is the Artistic Director of the Powell Street Festival Society in Vancouver, celebrating Japanese Canadian arts and cultures in Canada. She is also the singer and guitarist of The Deep Cove. To Love the Coming End is her first book and follows a writer as she travels around the world as an attempt to come to terms with the loss of a loved one.