Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer Fiction Issue Launch Reminder and Some Fiddlehead News

Don't forget that our summer fiction issue launch happens tomorrow, August 1 at 7pm. Come down to Gallery 78 in downtown Fredericton (796 Queen Street) and celebrate this strong issue. The launch coincides with Fredericton's culture crawl, a walking tour of downtown galleries and museums.

The Fiddlehead would also like to congratulate a long-time friend of the magazine, Shane Rhodes, who completed his MA in creative writing at UNB and worked on the editorial board of the magazine while completing his studies. Shane has just begun a stint as the 2013 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence down under in Australia. According to the press release, the director of the Queensland Poetry Festival Sara Gory says that it was "Rhodes' thought-provoking project, one exploring textual histories of colonisation, as well as his experimental style that made him stand out as an artist whose contribution to Australia’s poetry culture would be unique and invaluable." The Fiddlehead is proud to have published two poems from this project in the Winter 2013 issue.

Here's a link to the Queensland Poetry Festival.

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) recently interviewed The Fiddlehead's editor Ross Leckie about the magazine's history and Canadian writing in general. Go read their "Moveable Type" interview with Ross here.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summer Fiction Issue Launch!

When? 7pm on August 1, 2013 (as part of Downtown Fredericton's Culture Crawl)

Where? Gallery 78, 796 Queen St., Fredericton

Please drop by Gallery 78 August 1 for a launch and celebration of a very special Summer Fiction Issue of The Fiddlehead, an issue which boasts new stories from Dan Woodrell (writer of Oscar winner Winter’s Bone), Craig Davidson (writer of the film Rust and Bone and a UNB grad), local author Raymond Fraser, and three accomplished Irish writers, Mary O’Donnell, Mike McCormack and Eoin McNamee, the latter a Man Booker Prize nominee. There is a tense tale by Lt. Col. Wick Walker, who writes about stealth dealings with warlords and Saudis in Afghanistan just as the Russians are leaving, based on his own hair-raising experiences, and there are stories from newer young Canadian writers Amy Jones and Clea Young.

Please join us for brief readings from the Summer Fiction Issue to celebrate this very strong issue of The Fiddlehead.

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Fiddlehead's Summer Fiction Issue

Contributors and subscribers should be finding our summer fiction issue in their mailboxes across the country (and internationally) very soon.

This issue features stories by F.W. Birt, Craig Davidson, Jann Everard, Raymond Fraser, Hugh Graham, R.W Gray, Amy Jones, Mike McCormack, Eoin McNamee, Mary O'Donnell, Margaret Sweatman, Celia Thompson, J.M. Villaverde, Wickliffe Walker, Daniel Woodrell, and Clea Young.

Look for details soon about a launch here in Fredericton.

And while we're on the topic of fiction, our fiction editors have been very busy. Not only did fiction editor Mark Anthony Jarman provide the photograph that graces the cover of our summer issue, but earlier this year, he read a few times while over in Europe. He read at the Crescent Arts Centre while staying at the Seamus Heaney Centre in Belfast. And he gave a reading at the UCD Centre for Canadian Studies as part of their Distinguished Lecture Series. Here are those details along with a photo:

"The UCD Centre for Canadian Studies’ fortnightly Distinguished Lecture Series for 2013, funded by an award from the UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies, has been showcasing the wealth of expertise among UCD’s academic staff in the subject area. With active support from the Canadian Embassy in Ireland, an array of visiting Canadian speakers have also contributed to this successful lecture series, the first part of which culminated on 22 April with the Canadian author, Mark A Jarman, reading from his most recent book of short stories, My White Planet, and his earlier travel book, Ireland’s Eye, which reflects upon contemporary Irish society and culture from the visitor’s perspective."

Pictured at the UCD Centre for Canadian Studies Distinguished Lecture Series in April 2013 were His Excellency Loyola Hearn, Ambassador of Canada to Ireland; Professor Maeve Conrick, Principal, UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies; Mark A Jarman, Canadian author and academic, University of New Brunswick, Canada; and Professor Margaret Kelleher, Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, UCD School of English, Drama and Film.
Jarman also has pieces published in three other current equally fine magazines, including Prairie Fire (placing second in their fiction contest), CNQ, and Descant.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Maritime Writers' Workshop Happens Next Week

UNB's Fredericton campus will be alive with words next week (July 8-12) as the 38th annual Maritime Writers' Workshops takes place. Participants can choose from a wide array of one-day or -evening workshops from many accomplished New Brunswick authors and publishers. Included among this year's instructors are two of The Fiddlehead's editors: fiction co-editor Gerard Beirne is leading "The Long and Short of Fiction Writing" on July 10 and poetry co-editor Ian LeTourneau is offering "Approaches to Nature Poetry" on July 12.

There are also a few free events that are open to the public. On July 10 (4 - 5:30 pm), Carolyn Gammon and Israel Unger launch their book The Unwritten Diary of Israel Unger in the Milham Room at the Harriet Irving Library. And then to wrap up the week, there will be an open mic at Windsor Castle Bar at the Alden Nowlan House at 676 Windsor Street. This event begins at 4:30 and all are welcome to come hear what the participants have been working on all week.

And if you hurry, you still have a few days left to register: the deadline is this Friday, July 5!

Click on Poster for more details!