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A Door Is Opening
Part 2
Katherine Govier, Julian Shillcock, Elizabeth Cunningham, Kathryn Alexander
Title: A Door Is Opening part 2
Episode: P050
START: December 26, 2022
ENDS: January 08, 2023
Length: 30'' mins
Host/Producer: Carole Harmon
We invited contributors to Writers Radio to share with us their thoughts on this theme as we approach 2023.


Shoes are a metaphor for journey and transformation. This was Canadian novelist Katherine Govier’s inspiration when she founded The Shoe Project in 2011. This collaborative project connects women immigrants to Canada with Canadian writing and performance mentors in order to create stories and performances based on experiences of leaving one home to come to another.

From Canmore in the Canadian Rockies Katherine recalls working with women refugees from Afghanistan online during the pandemic, alongside fellow mentors Caroline Adderson, a novelist from Vancouver, and Nan Hughes Poole, a mezzo-soprano who lives in Banff.

Physicist and writer Julian Shillcock joins us from Lausanne, Switzerland with an excerpt from his novel which investigates the question, what does it mean to be mentally healthy or ill?

Poet Elizabeth Cunningham, from Nelson BC, celebrates the life of beloved Canadian landscape painter Doris McCarthy, 1910-2010.

Poet Kathryn Alexander, of Port Moody on the west coast of Canada, takes us on a journey through the annual spiral of light in which a new soul enters the world. We are all light eaters, she concludes.


Our well wishes go out to you, dear listeners and contributors, through the open doorways of our hearts, into the coming year.