Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Objects to Inspire

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Penelope the Pig

One Object of Inspiration

I asked authors to describe one object of inspiration on their writing desks and briefly explain the significance of the object. Here are the first responses for the series:

"I have a tiny glass pig on my desk; she wears an optimistic expression and sports two bodacious pink wings. I tell myself that if I work hard enough, and she shares a dash of her magic, I can achieve my wildest writing dreams."

-Lisa de Nikolits, author of The Hungry Mirror and West of Wawa (Inanna).

"My object of inspiration is a very old, china trivet that sits beside my computer and holds my teapot. It's decorated with pink flowers and has obviously been used and loved for a long time. My grandmother brought it from England with her in 1904, when she immigrated to homestead on the prairies. The reason it inspires me is because the only thing I have ever felt passionate about writing is my grandmother's life story. She was a poet and I inherited all her poems along with her handwritten memoirs. I have made a start on the manuscript, but as I am busy with other projects, the trivet sits there and reminds me where I am really heading."

- Liz Bugg, author of the Calli Barnow Mystery Series (Insomniac Press)

"I know this sounds absurd, but I don't have a "writing desk". I have a desk where my computer is, but I don't consider that my writing desk. My writing "desk" is my notebook and pen, which I carry around with me wherever I go. My notebook is a 200-page Hilroy 26.7 x 20.3 cm (letter-size), spiral bound, it must be just that, I am almost superstitious about it. And any ballpoint pen will do."

- Dawn Promislow, author of Jewels and Other Stories (TSAR Publications)

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

Sheniz Janmohamed

Sheniz Janmohamed is a spoken word artist, author and graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph. Her first book, Bleeding Light (TSAR) a collection of sufi-inspired English ghazals, was published in 2010.

Go to Sheniz Janmohamed’s Author Page