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Wyrd Words

By The Wyrd House

This podcast brings together three National Teaching Fellows and Renaissance specialists, Dr. Lisa Dickson (University of Northern British Columbia), Dr. Shannon Murray (University of Prince Edward Island) and Dr. Jessica Riddell (Bishop’s University) for conversations about literature and learning in higher education. Guests include artists, theatre practitioners, educators and students that talk about critical hope and explore the ways that literature can help us to navigate the challenges posed by the wicked questions and problems of our modern world.

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In Service to the Writers in the Room: The London Writers Salon Founders Parul Bavishi and Matt Trinetti
In Service to the Writers in the Room: The London Writers Salon Founders Parul Bavishi and Matt Trinetti
Parul Bavishi and Matt Trinetti, founders of the London Writers Salon, join Lisa Dickson to talk about the wonderful impact of the Writers' Hour and the special alchemy that blooms in a community that fosters peer motivation and joy. Links: Matt’s Blog, GiveLiveExplore: https://www.giveliveexplore.com/ Matt’s TEDx: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9gh1FpoZqI Parul at Story Grid: https://sgshowrunners.com/parul-bavishi/ Parul’s Site, Publishing Uncovered: https://www.publishinguncovered.com/ London Writers’ Salon: https://londonwriterssalon.com/ Writers' Hour: https://writershour.com/ LWS Podcast: https://community.londonwriterssalon.com/c/the-lws-podcast/ Join the Community: https://londonwriterssalon.com/#membership LWS Membership Bursaries: https://londonwriterssalon.com/#scholarship-apply The Four Tendencies: https://gretchenrubin.com/books/the-four-tendencies/intro/ The Daily Stoic: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/545426/the-daily-stoic-by-ryan-holiday-and-stephen-hanselman/ Music Credits: (All under Creative Commons Licence from freemusicarchive.org.) "If We Knew All the Laws of Nature" by Robert Farmer "Wind on My Legs" by Monplaisir "Twinkle Twinkle" by David Mumford "Which That is This" by Dr. Turtle "Spirit World (Instrumental)" by Josh Woodward
42:38
September 10, 2022
"Fizzy Rebels": Conversation with Amelia Sargisson, Part 2
"Fizzy Rebels": Conversation with Amelia Sargisson, Part 2
In Part Two of our conversation with actor and playwright Amelia Sargisson, we talk about seeking an active, motivating kind of love, and hear a story about how noisy students “flipped the script” and made fizzy rebels of some theatre patrons. Music Credits: Intro/Outro: “Umlungu” by John Bartmann, “Phase IV” by lo-fi is sci-fi. Links: Amelia's Twitter: https://twitter.com/akathesarge?lang=en Talk is Free Theatre: https://www.tift.ca/ The Art of Catching Pigeons by Torchlight (2009): http://www.suburbanbeast.ca/the-art-of-catching-pigeons-by-torchligh/ Stratford's 2018 Paradise Lost: https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/Paradise-Lost Stratford's 2019 Othello: https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/Othello Brit Marling's "I Don't Want To Be the Strong Female Lead": https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/07/opinion/sunday/brit-marling-women-movies.html Keith Jarrett's Köln Concert (1975): https://www.ecmrecords.com/catalogue/143038750696 Theater of War: https://theaterofwar.com/about
24:00
May 31, 2021
"Fizzy Rebels": Conversation with Amelia Sargisson, Part 1
"Fizzy Rebels": Conversation with Amelia Sargisson, Part 1
Amelia Sargisson, actor and playwright, joins Lisa Dickson and her co-hosts, Jessica Riddell and Shannon Murray, to talk about playing Eve and Desdemona, and finding ways to “flip the script” for women in order to make more space for “fizzy rebels.” Music Credits: Intro/outro: “Something” (Bonus Track) by Kai Engel, “Off to Osaka” by Kevin MacLeod, “Home at Last” by John Bartmann. Links: Amelia's Twitter: https://twitter.com/akathesarge?lang=en Talk is Free Theatre: https://www.tift.ca/ The Art of Catching Pigeons by Torchlight (2009): http://www.suburbanbeast.ca/the-art-of-catching-pigeons-by-torchligh/ Stratford's 2018 Paradise Lost: https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/Paradise-Lost Stratford's 2019 Othello: https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/Othello Brit Marling's "I Don't Want To Be the Strong Female Lead": https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/07/opinion/sunday/brit-marling-women-movies.html Keith Jarrett's Köln Concert (1975): https://www.ecmrecords.com/catalogue/143038750696 Theater of War: https://theaterofwar.com/about
33:40
May 31, 2021
Stories in the Water: Conversation with Erin Shields, Part 2
Stories in the Water: Conversation with Erin Shields, Part 2
Erin Shields, award-winning playwright, actor, and educator, joins Lisa Dickson and her cohost, Jessica Riddell, to talk about building paradise in the Canadian landscape, who her literary travel companions are, and where hope may be found. Music Credits:  Intro/Outro: “Memorized” by Josh Woodward “Phase IV” by lo-fi is sci-fi “Waves” by Sergey Chereminisov (CC BY Creative Commons License) Links for Erin Shields's works: “Here We Are” (read by Erin Shields) https://www.crowstheatre.com/whats-on/view-all/here-we-are Paradise Lost (Book), Playwrights Canada Press https://www.playwrightscanada.com/Books/P/Paradise-Lost2 Paradise Lost, Stratford Festival https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/Paradise-Lost If We Were Birds (Book), Playwrights Canada Press https://www.playwrightscanada.com/Books/I/If-We-Were-Birds Erin’s Book Recommendations: Toni Morrison, Beloved, Penguin/Random House Press https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/117647/beloved-by-toni-morrison-introduction-by-a-s-byatt/9780307264886 Virginia Woolf, The Waves Free e-book: https://www.gutenberg.ca/ebooks/woolfv-thewaves/woolfv-thewaves-00-h.html Hardcopy, Penguin/Random House Press: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/538974/the-waves-by-virginia-woolf/9780241372081
19:37
April 28, 2021
Stories in the Water: Conversation with Erin Shields, Part 1
Stories in the Water: Conversation with Erin Shields, Part 1
Erin Shields, award-winning playwright, actor, and educator, joins Lisa Dickson and her cohost, Jessica Riddell, to talk about the impact of theatre, the work of adaptation, the conversations between the past and the present, and imagination in the classroom. Music Credits: Intro/Outro: “Somewhere Nice” by John Bartmann “No Cadillac” by Loyalty Freak Music “Week Thirty-Six” by Ben von Wildenhaus (CC BY Creative Commons License) Links for Erin Shields's works: “Here We Are” (read by Erin Shields) https://www.crowstheatre.com/whats-on/view-all/here-we-are Paradise Lost (Book), Playwrights Canada Press https://www.playwrightscanada.com/Books/P/Paradise-Lost2 Paradise Lost, Stratford Festival https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/PlaysAndEvents/Production/Paradise-Lost If We Were Birds (Book), Playwrights Canada Press https://www.playwrightscanada.com/Books/I/If-We-Were-Birds Erin’s Book Recommendations: Toni Morrison, Beloved, Penguin/Random House Press https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/117647/beloved-by-toni-morrison-introduction-by-a-s-byatt/9780307264886 Virginia Woolf, The Waves Free e-book: https://www.gutenberg.ca/ebooks/woolfv-thewaves/woolfv-thewaves-00-h.html Hardcopy, Penguin/Random House Press: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/538974/the-waves-by-virginia-woolf/9780241372081
34:50
April 28, 2021
"Shifting the Orientations of the Heart": Conversation with Sarah deLeeuw, Part 2
"Shifting the Orientations of the Heart": Conversation with Sarah deLeeuw, Part 2
Sarah deLeeuw, award-winning poet and essayist and professor at UBC and UNBC in the Northern Medical Program where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Humanities and Health Inequities, joins Lisa Dickson and her cohost, Shannon Murray, to delve into her creative practice and explore ideas of empathy, beauty, and hope, and the necessity of paying particular attention to the absent and the overlooked. Music Credits: Intro/Outro: “Summer Pride” by Loyalty Freak Music Additional music in order of appearance: “No Rocking in the Jazz Hands Zone” by Peter Gresser “Action” by Monplaisir “Binderweed (Instrumental Version)” by Axeltree Sarah’s Books mentioned in the episodes: Outside, America Harbour Publishing https://harbourpublishing.com/collections/sarah-de-leeuw Geographies of a Lover, NeWest Press https://newestpress.com/books/geographies-of-a-lover Where It Hurts, NeWest Press https://newestpress.com/books/where-it-hurts#:~:text=Where%20It%20Hurts%20is%20a,to%20be%20observant%20and%20aware. Skeena, Caitlin Press https://caitlin-press.com/our-books/skeena/ Sarah’s Book Recommendations and Mentions: Peter Auster's Why Write? https://www.amazon.ca/Why-Write-Paul-Auster/dp/1886224153 M. Nourbese Philip's Zong https://www.nourbese.com/poetry/zong-3/
29:34
April 08, 2021
"Shifting the Orientations of the Heart": Conversation with Sarah deLeeuw, Part 1
"Shifting the Orientations of the Heart": Conversation with Sarah deLeeuw, Part 1
Sarah deLeeuw, award-winning poet and essayist and professor at UBC and UNBC in the Northern Medical Program where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Humanities and Health Inequities, joins Lisa Dickson and her cohost, Shannon Murray, to talk about how the stories we tell about the landscape and our bodily experiences have material effects on our lives and wellbeing. Music Credits: Intro/Outro: “Umlungu” by John Martmann Additional music in order of appearance: “No Rocking in the Jazz Hands Zone” by Peter Gresser “No Cadillac” by Loyalty Freak Music Sarah’s Books mentioned in the episodes: Outside, America Harbour Publishing https://harbourpublishing.com/collections/sarah-de-leeuw Geographies of a Lover, NeWest Press https://newestpress.com/books/geographies-of-a-lover Where It Hurts, NeWest Press https://newestpress.com/books/where-it-hurts#:~:text=Where%20It%20Hurts%20is%20a,to%20be%20observant%20and%20aware. Skeena, Caitlin Press https://caitlin-press.com/our-books/skeena/ Sarah’s Book Recommendations and Mentions: Peter Auster's Why Write? https://www.amazon.ca/Why-Write-Paul-Auster/dp/1886224153 M. Nourbese Philip's Zong https://www.nourbese.com/poetry/zong-3/
37:13
April 08, 2021
"The World Answered Me": Conversation with Shelby Richardson, Part 2
"The World Answered Me": Conversation with Shelby Richardson, Part 2
Founder and Artistic Director of Method Contemporary Dance Society, Shelby Richardson explores the potential of dance as a hopeful, empathetic medium of expression and connection. Method Contemporary Dance Society: https://www.methoddance.ca/ Shelby's TEDxUNBC talk, "The Choreography of Communication: Movement and Social Engagement": https://youtu.be/XdC0MhU6URs Music Credits (from freemusicarchive.org): Komiku: The Wind Hutchings/Shakespeare: Doubt Kai Engel: Interception Axletree: Dragon Country Josh Woodward: Spirit World
27:28
March 06, 2021
"The World Answered Me": Conversation with Shelby Richardson, Part 1
"The World Answered Me": Conversation with Shelby Richardson, Part 1
Founder and Artistic Director of Method Contemporary Dance Society, Shelby Richardson talks about establishing a professional dance company, building a culture of dance in the north and the ways that dance creates connection and conversation between artists and audiences. Method Contemporary Dance Society: https://www.methoddance.ca/ Shelby's TEDxUNBC talk, "The Choreography of Communication: Movement and Social Engagement": https://youtu.be/XdC0MhU6URs Music Credits (from freemusicarchive.org): Robert Farmer: If We Knew All the Laws of Nature Kevin Hutchings/William Shakespeare: Doubt Doctor Turtle: Over the Water, Humans Gather David Mumford: Night Without Sleep Josh Woodward: Spirit World
26:45
March 06, 2021
Going Hand in Hand Out of Paradise, Part 2 (with Shannon Murray and Jessica Riddell)
Going Hand in Hand Out of Paradise, Part 2 (with Shannon Murray and Jessica Riddell)
We continue our discussion with Shannon Murray, professor at the University of Prince Edward Island, and Jessica Riddell, professor at Bishop's University. This time, we ask what it means to go hand in hand into the world of our own making, how we put the "fortunate" in the Fortunate Fall and how storytelling can help us to shape and to negotiate the discomforts of change and transformation.
36:50
January 29, 2021
Going Hand in Hand Out of Paradise, Part 1 (with Shannon Murray and Jessica Riddell)
Going Hand in Hand Out of Paradise, Part 1 (with Shannon Murray and Jessica Riddell)
For this first episode of our second season, our host is joined by her collaborators Shannon Murray, professor at the University of Prince Edward Island, and Jessica Riddell, professor at Bishop's University. They talk about the literary backup and mentors who've helped them to navigate the wicked problems of the past year of emergency pandemic teaching, and discuss how this global experience is complicated by its very particular nature.
29:47
January 29, 2021
Interview with Rodrigo Beilfuss, Part 2: Playing Hamlet
Interview with Rodrigo Beilfuss, Part 2: Playing Hamlet
We continue our discussion with Rodrigo Beilfuss, actor, educator and Artistic Director of the Shakespeare in the Ruins theatre company in Winnipeg, to look more closely at the layers of meaning enfolded in Hamlet and see how this play shows us how we can be human together.
48:48
January 29, 2021
Interview with Rodrigo Beilfuss, Part 1: Sharing Theatre
Interview with Rodrigo Beilfuss, Part 1: Sharing Theatre
Our guest is Rodrigo Beilfuss, actor, educator and artistic director of the Shakespeare in the Ruins theatre company in Winnipeg, to talk about the acts of performing and experiencing Shakespeare, and to observe how theatre is a shared space where we all come to be in the moment together.
33:16
January 29, 2021
Imperfection, Humanity and Hamlet in the time of COVID (with Alexandra Bennett)
Imperfection, Humanity and Hamlet in the time of COVID (with Alexandra Bennett)
We reach out to Alexandra Bennett, professor of Renaissance English Literature and Drama, as well as Modern British and American Drama, at Northern Illinois University, to ask ourselves what theatre means during pandemics, from Shakespeare’s time to our own movies-on-demand era.
25:58
January 29, 2021
Metacognition and the Learning Philosophy (with Melanie Bellwood)
Metacognition and the Learning Philosophy (with Melanie Bellwood)
We speak with Melanie Bellwood, a second-year candidate in the Bachelor of Education program at the University of Northern British Columbia, and reflect on how we learn, why we learn and what we value in our learning.
20:09
January 29, 2021
What is a COVID Hamlet? (with Shannon Murray & Jessica Riddell)
What is a COVID Hamlet? (with Shannon Murray & Jessica Riddell)
Our host Lisa Dickson is joined by her collaborators Shannon Murray, professor at the University of Prince Edward Island, and Jessica Riddell, professor at Bishop's University. They reflect on why we are still studying Hamlet now and observe what Hamlet, both the play and the character, can tell us about living in adversity.
20:56
January 29, 2021