Hello! I was born in Hastings County, so when I walk through a field, I know the names of the wild plants, which ones taste sweet. I know what bird is singing. And in this city, I like the plunging quiet ravines and the noisy variety in the company of writers and readers. By myself, I love the willing surrender that happens when I read, and time flies when I'm writing: is it that late?
I have two degrees in film from York University, and won awards for screenplays, including first prize for How to Call Cows from the National Film Board. It's not really about cows. It's about you knowing you are, however small, central in the emotional landscape. For a while, I happily taught English and film at the college and collegiate level but lately returned to writing. My debut novel Look After Her won an invitation to present at the Leeds International Festival in May 2020, and was a Foreword Indies finalist. One story from the upcoming This Female City won the attention of Booker judge Emily Wilson who recommended to her 38,000 twitter followers that either Hamilton, the Broadway hit play, or my short story "On Any Windy Day" would be fine companion texts to her translation of The Odyssey. (Me and Lin-Manuel Miranda, right?) In 2021, the once-beginning-of-a-novel, "My Girl Harry" won an inaugural Cecil Award. "Harry" has now joined the other women in This Female City.
Hannah Brown, Toronto