Festival Weekend – September 26-27

september, 2020

27sep10:00 am10:30 amFeaturedVirtual EventDiaspora Dialogues: Mother-tongue: In Conversation with Francesca Ekwuyasi and Canisia LubrinFrancesca Ekwuyasi, Canisia Lubrin, Moderator: Fiona Raye Clarke10:00 am - 10:30 am EST

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Canisia Lubrin

Canisia Lubrin is a writer, editor, critic and teacher whose international publications include translations into Spanish, Italian, French and German. Lubrin’s writing has been recognized by the Toronto Book Award, Journey Prize, Gerald Lampert, Pat Lowther, Writers Trust Rising Star prize and others.

Fiona Raye Clarke

Fiona Raye Clarke is an award-winning Trinidadian-Canadian writer and community-engaged artist. Her co-created screenplay, “Intersecting” won the 2017 CineFAM Short Film Challenge. Her writing has appeared in various publications online and in print, including the Puritan Town Crier, the Room Magazine blog, and the League of Canadian Poets Chapbook edited by Chelene Knight, These Lands. Her plays have been produced by the rock.paper.sistahz festival and InspiraTo Festival and she is an alumnus of the Diaspora Dialogues Long-Form Mentorship Program and the Banff Centre. She holds a Creative Writing Certificate from Humber College and a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Francesca Ekwuyasi

Francesca Ekwuyasi is a writer, artist, and filmmaker born in Lagos, Nigeria. Her work explores themes of faith, family, queerness, consumption, loneliness, and belonging. Her writing has been published in Winter Tangerine Review, Brittle Paper, Transition Magazine, the Malahat Review, Visual Art News, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and GUTS magazine. Her story  “Ọrun is Heaven” was longlisted for the 2019 Journey Prize. Butter Honey Bread Pig is her first novel.


(Sunday) 10:00 am - 10:30 am EST