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Wordfest’s Imagine On Air is honoured to present renowned playwright and novelist Tomson Highway and his highly anticipated memoir Permanent Astonishment. The hour-long conversation will start at 7:00 PM MT and will be hosted by Highway’s long-time friend and collaborator Eugene Stickland. (The pre-show will begin at 6:50 PM.)
The livestream broadcast on Wordfest.com is free. IF you RSVP, we'll send you a reminder on the afternoon of the show, as well as our unique Digital Doggie Bag after the event with links and extras inspired by the conversation.
We are grateful to Penguin Random House Canada for making it possible to connect you with Tomson Highway.
Eugene Stickland writes plays, novels, journalistic extravagances and the odd poem. A collection of shorter plays titled No Harm Done (Durvile Publications) will be released in the fall of 2021 and a play about Canadian-born artist Agnes Martin titled Agnes will open at Edmonton's Theatre Network in the 2022-23 season. He lives in Calgary.
No Harm Done contains the text of three short plays, each an exploration of some aspect of a disease. They are: Closer & Closer Apart, Alzheimer Disease; Fade to Light, Stargardt, a form of macular blindness; and The Last Dance, Parkinson Disease. The plays themselves, and Stickland’s introductions to them, comprise the first component of the book, writings by experts in the field comprise the second section, and the third component is a guide to playwriting based on teachings the author has been engaged in for decades. This section also includes a how-to approach to writing a play for a specific cause or event. The book will be of interest not only to theatre practitioners and students of playwriting, but to students and professionals (doctors, caregivers, therapists, et al) in the medical field as well.