Creative Conversations with Indigenous Canada: Eden Robinson

Creative Conversations with Indigenous Canada: Eden Robinson

College of Arts, Creative Conversations
Date: Thursday 10 December 2020
Time: 17:00 - 18:00
Venue: Zoom Event
Category: Public lectures
Speaker: Eden Robinson

Eden Robinson is an award-winning Indigenous writer from Canada. She is a member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations. Eden is the author of the short story collection Traplines (1995). Traplines won the Winifred Holtby Prize for best first work of fiction. Her second book Monkey Beach (2000), a novel, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. Monkey Beach was awarded with the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Eden’s third novel, Blood Sports, was published in 2006 and revisits characters from Traplines.

Eden currently works on the Trickster-trilogy of which the first two volumes, Son of a Trickster (2017) and Trickster Drift (2018) have already been published. The third volume, Return of the Trickster will be published in March 2021 by Knopf Canada. Son of a Trickster was shortlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Moreover, Son of a Trickster was a finalist of the 2020 edition of Canada Reads. Trickster Drift won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2019.

Monkey Bach is required reading in many Canadian schools and universities. It has been in print since its publication with over 100,000 copies in print. Monkey Beach is also a set text at the University of Glasgow for the Canadian Literature course offered by Prof Faye Hammill.

In addition, Eden’s work has been adapted to the screen. Son of a Trickster is adapted into a television series called Trickster and runs on CBC Television since October 2020. Her novel, Monkey Beach has been turned into a film of the same name. The film Monkey Beach is directed by Loretta Todd and premiered at the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival in September 2020.

The official trailer of the TV series Trickster on CBC can be viewed here:

The official trailer of the film Monkey Beach can be viewed here:

This talk is part of the event series Creative Conversations with Indigenous Canada. The series is a collaboration between Creative Conversations and the Hunterian Associates Project ‘Biographies of Objects. Hi/stories of Indigenous Objects from North America’ by Alexandra Abletshauser, PhD researcher in Canadian Literature, at the University of Glasgow.

To learn more about the Hunterian Associates Project ‘Biographies of Objects’, click here:

This event will be hosted on Zoom and you will be sent a link to attend the meeting once you book on Eventbrite.

Creative Conversations is programmed by the University of Glasgow Creative Writing Programme and funded by the Ferguson Bequest. Professor Thomas Ferguson (1900-1977), Henry Mechan Chair of Public Health (1944-64), bequeathed his estate to the University, with the instruction that the money should be used to foster the social side of University life.

Photo Credit: Red Works

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