readings and workshops

Here are the events I'll be taking part in at the Atlin Arts and Music Festival on 9 and 10 July 2017. Keep an eye on the website for more details of readings and workshops by Yukon authors plus visiting author Laura Trunkey. All events will take place in St Martin's Church in Third Street, Atlin, BC.

How to get your story started

Saturday 9 July 2017, 3 pm
How to find your way into a story you want to tell. You don't need to have a story idea to take part in this workshop, just turn up with paper and a pen, or whatever you want to write on.
Facilitator: Joanna Lilley
Length: 45 minutes
Cost: $10
Max group size: 10

Ridiculous rhymes and random rhythms

Saturday 9 July 2017, 10 am
A poetry workshop for children led by Yukon poets Jamella Hagen and Joanna Lilley. Have fun messing about with words and find out that if you look closely, poems can be found all around you.
Facilitators: Jamella Hagen and Joanna Lilley
Length: 45 minutes
Cost: $10
Max group size: 10 (for children under the age of 12)

Saturday 9 July 2017, 12 pm
Joanna Lilley (poetry, fiction) and Ellen Bielawski (non-fiction).

Going public and getting published 

Sunday 10 July 2017, 10 am
Panellists discuss when you know you’re ready to share your writing with the world, and prepared for a world full of rejection that comes with submitting your writing to magazines and book publishers.
Panellists: Laura Trunkey, Joanna Lilley, Jamella Hagen and Katherine Munro (kjmunro)
Length: 45 mins
Cost: Free    
Max group size: None

Get in touch with event ideas

I love sharing the joy of words with readers and writers and am always interested in giving readings, taking part in discussions and delivering workshops. Just get in touch if you'd like to talk about any ideas for events.

In 2016, I gave poetry and fiction readings in Yellowknife, Toronto, Saskatoon, Hamilton and Edinburgh. While on my travels, I also delivered a fiction writing workshop, called From Tears to Techniques, in Yellowknife, as a Northwords NWT event.

Thanks to the following wonderful venues and their volunteers: Yellowknife Book Cellar, The Art Bar Poetry Series, the gritLIT festival, the Hamilton Poetry Centre, The Word on the Street and the University of Edinburgh. Thanks, too, to the Government of Yukon Touring Artist Fund that enabled me to give readings all across Canada as well as in the UK in 2014 and 2015.


Get in touch if you'd like me to come to your book club. I can read a short story or some poems and then you can ask me any questions you like (I think).