Crossing Genres

Amber Dawn, Claudia Dey, Jaap Robben, Jordan Tannahill

Crossing Genres

Moderator: Shaena Lambert

Event Number: 61
Tickets: $20.00

Crossing Genres

Amber Dawn, Claudia Dey, Jaap Robben, Jordan Tannahill

Friday, October 19
8:00pm
Revue Stage

1601 Johnston St, Vancouver

Some writers’ talents traverse form. Four of these unusual polymaths engage in a discussion about their work. Amber Dawn (Sodom Road Exit) is an award-winning writer and the co-artistic director of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Claudia Dey (Heartbreaker) wins accolades for her play- and novel-writing alike. Jaap Robben (You Have Me to Love) is a multidisciplinary author and artist revered in Europe. Jordan Tannahill is described by the Toronto Star as “one of Canada’s most accomplished young playwrights, filmmakers and all-round multidisciplinary artists.” Do their stories always manifest in a particular medium, or does deciding how to use an idea come later? How does the evolution of their work in one area impact the others? Do they ever feel hindered by their cross-industry approach? Creativity runneth over during this intelligent conversation.

Shaena Lambert is a novelist and short story writer whose stories have appeared in prominent publications including Toronto Life and The Walrus, and have been anthologized in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Anthology.

Event Participants:

Amber Dawn

Vancouver

Amber Dawn is a writer and creative facilitator living on unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, Canada). She is the author of four books including the Vancouver Book Prize-winning How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir and the novel Sub Rosa which won the Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize. She has also edited two anthologies of queer literature. Her latest novel, Sodom Road Exit, probes themes of systemic poverty, trauma, vengeful ghosts and lesbian desire.

amberdawnwrites.com

Claudia Dey

Ontario

Claudia Dey is the author of Stunt, a finalist for the Amazon First Novel Award and a Globe & Mail and Quill & Quire Book of the Year. Her plays have been produced internationally and nominated for the Governor General’s and Trillium Book Awards. Dey’s writing has appeared in many publications including The Believer and The Paris Review. Dey has also worked as a horror film actress, a cook in lumber camps, and is co-designer of Horses Atelier. Heartbreaker is her second novel.

claudiadey.com@claudiadey

Jaap Robben

Netherlands

Jaap Robben is a poet, performer and acclaimed children’s author. You Have Me to Love, his first novel for adults, has received international glowing reviews and is the winner of the 2014 Dutch Booksellers Award, the Dioraphte Prize, and the Award for best Dutch debut. To date, You Have Me to Love has sold over 50,000 copies in the Netherlands, is available in ten languages and is currently being adapted into an English-language film.

jaaprobben.wordpress.com, @JaapRobben

Jordan Tannahill

Ontario

Jordan Tannahill is a Canadian playwright, author, theatre director and filmmaker. His work has been presented in theatres, festivals and galleries across Canada and internationally. He has been described by The Toronto Star as being “widely celebrated as one of Canada’s most accomplished young playwrights, filmmakers and all-round multidisciplinary artists”, and by the Montreal Gazette as “the hottest name in Canadian theatre.” His first novel, Liminal, was published by House of Anansi in 2018.

jordantannahill.com