This weekend I appeared at the 9th Annual Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival in Vancouver. The weather was gorgeous, the performances were great, and I ended the afternoon dressing in pink pajamas. This was entirely the fault of Tiffany Stone. She called me onto stage and said I could dress up to help her with her pirate poem. I was expecting an eye-patch and maybe a crow? NO. Apparently, this poem is about how pirates like to dress in pink pajamas. You can see the photo below (I figure I might as well post it, as my “friends” [Dan Bar-el] have already threatened to do it anyway!).
Other than the “pajama” incident the day turned out to be a lot of fun, as I got to hang with many of my peers and pals. In addition to Tiffany, local children’s authors James McCann, Jacquie Pearce, and Christianne Hayward (from Christianne’s Lyceum) all performed. Young authors from the Lyceum read out from their stories as well—pretty brave!
As for my performance, I have to thank my wonderful fiancé, voice-over actress Marcie Nestman, for giving it a lot more “shazam.” Marcie and I did a bit of “reader’s theatre,” in which we performed some of my favourite sections from Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah. Marcie played the roles of Kendra, Gayla Griffinskitch, Winter Woodsong, and Queen Krake, while I tackled Oki, Krimson Kandlestar, and the narrator. Marice’s voice for Queen Krake stole the show!
A big thanks to Pandora’s Collective for hosting the event, and for all the sponsors!