Janet Dunnet, a story teller from BC, and Clem Martini, an author and drama professor from The University of Calgary, are teaming up for an afternoon that might change how you think about caregiving. Join us on Saturday, April 21st for an insightful discussion. Janet Dunnett is the author of a memoir called The Dwindling: A Daughter’s Caregiving Journey to the Edge of Life. She was “daughter at a distance” while her twin Judi Gunter was “daughter on deck” in Calgary.
Clem Martini and his brother Olivier have written a book called The Unravelling: How our caregiving safety net came unstrung and we were left grasping at threads, struggling to plait a new one. Clem Martini is the previous author of Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness, The Greek Playwright, and The Blunt Playwright among others. His latest book, The Comedian, was published with U of C Press in February 2018. He’s a three time winner of the Writers Guild of Alberta Drama Prize, a Governor General Nominee for his anthology A Three Martini Lunch, a Seminovitch Prize Nominee, a National Playwriting Competition winner for “The Life History of the African Elephant” and is the Past President of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.
Both authors have navigated the white water journey of caregiving in Alberta and the give and get nature of this labour of love. They are eager to share their insights in an afternoon of readings and conversation. They’d like to explore how we who are familiar with the challenges can also reveal opportunities as we share our stories, perhaps being part of the change we’d all like to see.