The Mattawa River Writers Festival will host a series of online conversations for the 2021 season.
In Conversation aims to create connections with the natural world.
“Creating connections with our natural world through the arts is more important than ever after these many months of living with uncertainty, stress and sorrow,” Janet Joy Wilson, artistic director of the festival, says in a release.
While participants are not able to come together with writers in the woods, as they have in past years, “we can bond remotely.”
The In Conversation series will take place over three months with three themes.
“Curating this program to discuss topics of aging, children and grief in relation to the outdoors has been simple,” Wilson says.
“I see it as a perfect conduit for the author to share their work and how their writing is influenced by nature but then to dig into the subject with an expert will take the audience to a deeper level.”
Investigative journalist Moira Welsh has focused on social justice, the environment and the lives of people living in seniors’ homes.
Welsh, the author of Happily Ever Older, has co-authored investigations which have won three National Newspaper Awards and a Michener Award for Public Service Journalism.
Guillermo (Gil) Penalosa is passionate about creating vibrant cities and healthy communities. He is the founder and chair of the non-profit organization 8 80 Cities and is the first ambassador of the World Urban Parks, president of G. Penalosa and Associates.
Also presenting are Angie Abdou (This One Wild Life: Mother-Daughter Wilderness Memoir), Bill Steer (Canadian Ecology Centre), Catherine Owen (Riven: Poems) and Dr. Allan Peterkin (Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto).
Joy Wilson will moderate the conversations.
The events are free with registration but the goal, beyond creating connections with the natural world, is to raise funds for the Canadian Ecology Centre in Mattawa, supporting programs for kids at their outdoor education centre.
To register and obtain free tickets to the event, go to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/in-conversation-about-aging-and-nature-tickets-140566493165?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing