June Readings

June 14, 2016 7:00pm
Hardwick Hall, UBC Medical Student and Alumni Centre
2750 Heather St, Vancouver

For the June meeting of the Lucid Book Club and Reading Series, we will be featuring a diverse group of writers and mental health practitioners from the local communities, presenting their writing projects. The event will showcase a variety of work, ranging from memoir to poetry, fiction and self-help.

Alyson Quinn was born in Zimbabwe to Irish parents and spent her childhood years in Southern Africa. She trained as a social worker and has spent over two decades working in the field of psychiatry as an individual, couples and group therapist. To date she has published 3 books namely Experiential Unity theory and model (Jason Aronson, 2012) Reclaim your soul your path to healing (Hamilton books 2014) and “When the river wakes up,” her first novel. In addition she has taught a variety of courses at UBC, works in private practice and delivers wellness seminars. www.alysonquinnwrites.com

Deborah A. Phillips (Lapointe) has published articles and poetry in both English and French. She has a degree in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and resides in Mount Pleasant, Vancouver. Deborah will be reading from her debut novel Argonauta, www.deborahamphillips.com, which mirrors her own experience of search and reunion with her biological parents and siblings. With the advances in reproductive technology, there are at least ten ways to create a baby. Recently a young BC woman won a court case for children born from gamete donations of sperm, egg and embryos should have the same rights as adopted children to learn information about their birth parents. What effect do you think this might have on the adoption triangle – adoptee, biological parent(s) and adoptive parents?

Meghan Doraty is a writer whose poetry and fiction have been published in the likes of Descant, Prairie Fire and the Wascana Review. She is a graduate of the UBC MFA creative writing program and the University of Calgary medical school. She currently holds a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to write short fiction exploring the psychology of medical students as inspired by her own experiences in medical school. She lives and writes in Richmond, BC.

Marlon Danilewitz is a research track, psychiatry resident at UBC. His research focuses include, noninvasive neurostimulation, mindfuness meditation, e-therapies, and medical trainee mental health. He has strong interest in the medical humanities and cofounded Murmurs Magazine, a medical literary magazine based out of the University of Ottawa. He has published poems in several literary journals and medical literary magazines.

Lenore Rowntree an award-winning writer based in British Columbia, will be speaking on writing about mental health from different perspectives. She has edited and contributed to a collection of non-fiction life stories about mental illness (‘Hidden Lives: coming out on mental illness’ Brindle & Glass 2012), and have a forthcoming novel with mental health aspects (‘Cluck’ Thistledown 2016). www.lenorerowntree.com