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Writing about Mental Health and Trauma with Annabel Lyon, Valerie Mason-John and Melanie Siebert, moderated by andrea bennett

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Join the BC and Yukon Book Prizes for Storied: Discussions on Books, Publishing and the Creative Process.
On Wednesday, July 21st, 2021, BC and Yukon Book Prize finalists Annabel Lyon, author of Consent, Valerie Mason-John, author of I Am Still Your Negro: An Homage to James Baldwin, and Melanie Siebert, author of Heads Up: Changing Minds on Mental Health will discuss writing about mental health and trauma with moderator andrea bennett, author of Like A Boy But Not A Boy.
The event will begin at 7pm and finish at 8pm.
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Funding for the Storied Series is thanks to Heritage Canada, Creative BC, the Government of BC and the Canada Council for the Arts.
About the panelists and moderator:
Annabel Lyon is the author of seven books for adults and kids, including the internationally bestselling The Golden Mean. Her novel Consent, is a finalist for the 2021 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and was alsolonglisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Women’s Prize (UK). It was both a Globe and Mail Best Books of 2020 and CBC Books Best Fiction of 2020. It was a Quill & Quire Book of the Year. She teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia.
Valerie Mason-John is the author and editor of 9 books. Their most recent I Am Still Your Negro: An Homage to James Baldwin was short listed for the Gerald Lampert award, and has been short listed for the 2021 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. They co-edited the first national anthology of African Canadian Poetry, The Great Black North which won two Alberta Book Awards: — The Best Education Book Award and The Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award.
An award winning author, their debut novel Brown Girl In the Ring, won the Mind Book of the year Award UK. They work as a consultant and public speaker in the field of trauma, addiction, mindfulness and their book Eight Step Recovery, Using The Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction, won the USA best book award in the self help category, and their book Detox Your Heart Meditation for Emotional Trauma has just launched an online free course click here . All other information on
Melanie Siebert is a youth and family counsellor in Victoria, British Columbia. She works with people to transform depression, anxiety, trauma and inner conflict into meaning, purpose and hope. She also specializes in suicide intervention and prevention. Melanie has a Master of Social Work and a Master of Fine Arts. Her first poetry collection, Deepwater Vee (McClelland & Stewart), was a finalist for Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award in 2010.
andrea bennett is a National Magazine Award–winning writer and editor, and the author of the essay collection Like a Boy but Not a Boy (Arsenal Pulp Press), a CBC Books’ top pick for 2020 Canadian nonfiction.

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2021-07-21 @ 07:00 PM to
2021-07-21 @ 08:00 PM


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