CityLife: In conversation with Tessa McWatt

Join us for a webinar with Guyanese-Canadian author Tessa McWatt (University of East Anglia) as she describes CityLife, a research project that pairs student writers with community members “to uncover stories: to invigorate place and storytelling for a new way of seeing, hearing and having meaningful exchanges”.

Tessa McWatt
Professor of Creative Writing, University of East Anglia
Author of Shame on Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging

Mary Chapman
Academic Director, Public Humanities Hub, UBC Vancouver
Professor, Department of English Language & Literatures

Thursday, May 14, 2020
1:30 – 2:30 PM (Pacific Time)

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The conversation will be hosted via Zoom. A link to the event will be sent to the email given in your RSVP. Register here.


Tessa McWatt is the author of six novels and two books for young people. Her fiction has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the City of Toronto Book Awards, and the OCM Bocas Prize. She is one of the winners of the Eccles British Library Award 2018, for her memoir: Shame on Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging. She is also a librettist, and works on interdisciplinary projects and community-based life writing through CityLife: Stories Against Loneliness.

Co-sponsored by UBC Creative Writing, Centre for Community Engaged Learning, and Public Humanities Hub.