2020 events

Joanna hopes to read from her new poetry collection, Endlings, which is all about extinct animals, at events in Canada and the UK in 2020. However, events for at least the next few months have been postponed due to COVID-19.

The following events haven't yet been formally cancelled or postponed but check back for details as things progress.

Surrey Muse
Featuring Cynthia Sharp, Joanna Lilley, Dabke Dancers, Nefertiti SheLa Morrison, Sana Janjua
Friday 22 May 2020
5.30 to 8.30pm
Room 405 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library, BC
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Association for Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada
Because of COVID-19, this will now be an online event
Biennial Conference: Watershed, lit., fig.
17 to 20 June 2020
University of Saskatchewan

Poetry Café
Poetry reading and open mic
Wednesday 8 July 2020
The Vinyl Frontier
Eastbourne, East Sussex

Portsmouth Poetry
Poetry workshops and readings
Saturday 11 July 2020
Guildhall Studio

Wild Words North Festival
24 to 26 September 2020
Fort Nelson, BC

Red Tree Reading Series
Sunday 18 October 2020
Vancouver Island

Lunch Poems at SFU
Wednesday 21 October 2020
Simon Fraser University
Tock Gallery, Harbour Centre Campus
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
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Sidney Reading Series
Friday 23 October 2020
Vancouver Island, BC

Events postponed due to COVID-19 that will hopefully place later in 2020 or in 2021:

Animals Across Discipline, Time and Space
Poetry and Fiction Readings
John Hill: Poetry Performance
Madeleine Lavin: Book Louse – A Speculative Fabulation
Joanna Lilley: Hearing Voices – Poems of Extinction
Mandy-Suzanne Wong: Awabi
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario

Critical Animal Studies in an Age of Mass Extinction
Biennial Conference of the North American Association for Critical Animal Studies
University of British Columbia Okanagan
Kelowna, BC

Brown and Dickson Bookstore
Poetry reading with Tom Cull and Joanna Lilley
567 Richmond Street
London, Ontario
Check back for details

knife fork book
Poetry reading with Kate Marshall Flaherty, Laura K McCrae and Joanna Lilley
Artspace Youngplace
180 Shaw Street
Toronto, Ontario

Vertigo Series
Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Avenue
Regina, Saskatchewan
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McNally Robinson Bookstore
Book launch and panel discussion
Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Get in touch with event ideas

Joanna loves sharing the joy of words with readers and writers and is always interested in giving readings, taking part in discussions and delivering workshops. Just get in touch if you'd like to talk about any ideas for events.

Are you in a book club?

Get in touch if you'd like Joanna to come to your book club in person or via Skype or FaceTime. 

Past events

So far in 2020, Joanna has read at the Pivot Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon, and at the Globe Theatre in Atlin, BC.

In 2019, Joanna took part in the Young Authors' Conference in Whitehorse, Live Words in Whitehorse and Teslin, and the Growing Room festival in Vancouver. She also gave a writing workshop with Os Pressan in Reykjavik, Iceland, a reading and talk about her debut novel, Worry Stones, at the Scottish Writers' Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, and a poetry reading from If There Were Roads at Poetry Chichester in England. She also gave a poetry reading at Gurdeep Pandher's Punjabi Dinner in Whitehorse and read from her novel at libraries in Campbell River, Nanaimo and Victoria on Vancouver Island. 

In 2018, Joanna gave readings from Worry Stones at St Peter's College in Muenster, the Vertigo Series in Regina and McNally Robinson bookstore in Saskatoon with novelist Barbara Langhorst. She also read at People's Coop Bookstore in Vancouver with novelist Ethel Whitty. Joanna also took part in a poetry 'milk run' tour of Alaska, hosted by 49 Writers, giving workshops, readings and craft talks in Juneau, Cordova and Anchorage on the theme of Human Geography: Putting Words in their Place. Also in 2018, Joanna gave poetry readings at Planet Earth Poetry in Victoria, Lunch Poems at SFU in Vancouver, the BIG LIT festival in Gatehouse of Fleet, Scotland; the launch of The Northern Review in Whitehorse, Yukon; St Peter's College, Muenster, Saskatchewan; McNally Robinson bookstore in Winnipeg with Karen Clavelle and Carmelo Militano; knife fork book poetry bookstore in Toronto with Richard Scarsbrook and Steve Venright, and with Lisa L Moore, Jamella Hagen, jkmunro and Michael Eden Reynolds at Baked Café, Whitehorse. She also hosted authors at the Atlin Lit Up festival in British Columbia.

In earlier years, Joanna has taken parts in events all across Canada and has participated in the Cascadia Poetry Festival (Seattle), Edmonton Poetry Festival, gritLIT (Hamilton), NorthWords NWT (Yellowknife), The Word on the Street in Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), Atlin Lit Up (British Columbia) and the Whitehorse Poetry Festival.

It wouldn't happen without them

Joanna is very grateful to all the volunteers and venues who have hosted and helped herShe also very much appreciates the financial support of the Government of Yukon Touring Artist Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts for many of these events.