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Haida Gwaii Arts Council

Readings with Alison Watt


Monday, March 26th at 7 p.m. Masset branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library

Wednesday, March 28th at 7 p.m. Port Clements Branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library

Beginning the day of the devastating Halifax Explosion of 1917, Dazzle Patterns is an unforgettable story about loss, the resilience of the human spirit, and the transformative power of art. Alison Watts decided to write this novel as we were approaching the hundredth anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, and we now see the long shadow it (and the war from which it sprang) has cast on our own time in new ways.

Those events reach into my own life – by the simple fact that I would not be here without them. My grandfather was a merchant seaman from the Shetland Islands, and my grandmother, Rosclena (Roxy) Holmes, was a rural girl who went to the city after the explosion to fill one of the many empty jobs. They met in Halifax in 1918.”

Her work of non-fiction includes The Last Island: A Naturalist's Sojourn on Triangle Island, an account in diary form about her work as a biologist, studying puffin and a dedication to her mentor Ann Valle.  Not only did Alison write the book, she also contributed all the illustrations.

Come and listen to this author present from her works.



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