|Talking Fresh Poster|
It was a great event, live-tweeted by Kelly-Ann Reiss (check Twitter for #talkingfresh), featuring local Regina mystery writer Gail Bowen (Kaleidoscope), along with poet and novelist Alison Pick (Far to Go), novelist Nino Ricci (Lives of Saints), and dramatist/ screenwriter, Karen Walton (Ginger Snaps).
And yes, I know that each has written far more than the books in brackets!
|Alison Pick © SB|
|Gail Bowen © SB|
|Karen Walton © SB|
|Nino Ricci © SB|
- Stories may have a life of their own — and may be best told in other media by writers expert in that medium.
- Emotions and other potentially interior factors need to be dramatized, once a novel is moved to film. This may lead to completely new scenes and characterization, which may completely startle the work's original author.
- Screenwriters do pay attention to poetic language, images and metaphors that run through work. (This one, I liked.)
I enjoyed their individual presentation styles, too, from valiantly jet-lagged Alison Pick to Nino Ricci, with his stories of selling his soul to Sophia Lauren, and Karen Walton, with her collection of coloured sticky notes.
I introduced Gail Bowen, and asked her to explain how she learned to read at age three from the tombstones in a local cemetery... (How fitting for an author with titles about blood, coffins, and death.) And yes, it's true. You can read the story on her blog.)
Thanks to SWG, SMPIA, with assistance from SaskCulture, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Sask Lotteries, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Saskatchewan Film Pool Cooperative (Reception), City of Regina and the Canada Council for the Arts, for producing this event.
|The authors on stage at Regina's MacKenzie Art Gallery|