Creative Conversations: David Robertson
Monday 07 June 2021 – 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Creative Conversations with Indigenous Canada co-hosted by Creative Writing and the Hunterian Associates Program
This event will be hosted on Zoom and you will be sent a link to attend the meeting once you book on Eventbrite.
David A. Robertson is an award-winning author of numerous books for children, YA and adults. David has long been an advocate for educating youth on Indigenous history and contemporary issues. A sought-after speaker and educator, David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation and currently lives in Winnipeg.
For his first novel, The Evolution of Alice (2014), David received the 2015 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. In 2020, David published the memoir Black Water. David also hosts the podcast Kīwew which is a companion piece to Black Water. Listen to Kiwew
His children’s books include On the Trapline (to be published in May 2021) and When We Were Alone (2016), both illustrated by Julie Flett. When We Were Alone won the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books. It was also shortlisted for 2017 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.
Trilogies for.Young Adults
David has also written two trilogies for young adults. All volumes of The Reckoner trilogy have been published: Strangers (2017), Monsters (2018) and Ghosts (2019). Strangers received the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction in 2018. His latest trilogy is The Misewa Saga, which includes The Barren Grounds (2020) and The Great Bear (Sept 2021).
He is also a writer of several bestselling graphic novels: the 7 Generations series and Tales from the Big Spirit series; Sugar Falls. A Residential School Story (2011) and Betty. The Helen Betty Osborne Story (2016), both illustrated by Scott B. Henderson; Will I See? (2017), illustrated by GMB Chomichuk. For Will I See? David was awarded the Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award. He has recently published the first volume, Breakdown (2020), of a new series called The Reckoner Rises. The new series is a continuation of The Reckoner trilogy.
Follow David on Twitter @DaveAlexRoberts.
This talk is part of the event series Creative Conversations with Indigenous Canada. The series is a collaboration between Creative Conversations and the Hunterian Associates Project ‘Biographies of Objects. Hi/stories of Indigenous Objects from North America’ by Alexandra Abletshauser, PhD researcher in Canadian Literature, at the University of Glasgow.
Creative Conversations is programmed by the University of Glasgow Creative Writing Programme and funded by the Ferguson Bequest. Professor Thomas Ferguson (1900-1977), Henry Mechan Chair of Public Health (1944-64), bequeathed his estate to the University, with the instruction that the money should be used to foster the social side of University life.
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