Kathleen Hamilton will be the featured reader at the PEI Writers’ Guild open mic on Thursday, September 28 at 7 p.m. at Receiver Coffee Co., 128 Richmond St., in Charlottetown.
All are welcome to this free event. The first ten writers to sign up may read from their work – poetry or prose – for 3 to 5 minutes. Following a short break to enjoy some of The Receiver’s delicious offerings, Kathleen will read.
Hamilton notes that starting out as a journalist has always attracted her to true stories, “to what is real.” She says her most remembered childhood story is The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. “It broke me open in a good way,” says Hamilton. She is the author of the memoir Sex after Baby: Why There is None published by Acorn Press. Hamilton’s first stage play, Shameless Hussies, was a hit comedy in Charlottetown. Her second play, an award-winning accomplishment, was Blonde Moments.
“When I teach, what’s exciting to me is when someone writes the ‘stuff’ that’s tugging at the sleeves of their heart … when they confide their stories and memories, their version of things, in their own voice.”
Hamilton says she is constantly asking herself one question when writing: “Is there a deeper truth? I feel like that’s the most important thing I have to offer.”
At the open mic, Kathleen will read from her current work-in-progress, a coming-of-age memoir entitled High Flying Girl, and will share insights from her own journey into the art of memoir.
Stay tuned for future open-mic announcements from the PEIWG!