Sudan, Writing

Speaking about Sudan novel at Vancouver Public Library

By Alison Bate Hi! I'll be joining four other authors at the Vancouver Public Library this Sunday to talk about my upcoming debut novel. The novel's set in Sudan, where I taught English for a while, and tells the story of three very different women confronting their individual fears. Fatima, the second of three wives,… Continue reading Speaking about Sudan novel at Vancouver Public Library

Section of Muoi Trong Nguyen's "War" painting (2015)
Vietnam, Writing

War, peace and the artist: Muoi Trong Nguyen

By Alison Bate The corpses filled the river valley, their hands stretched toward the sky. It was 1979 and Hanoi artist Muoi Trong Nguyen had been sent north to the border with China to record the war scenes for historical purposes. The fighting between China and Vietnam lasted less than a month, but in that… Continue reading War, peace and the artist: Muoi Trong Nguyen

Maritime, Portfolio, Writing

My 9/11 rescue and survivor stories reprinted

Two articles I wrote shortly after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre have just been reprinted in a 10-year retrospective. The first one, Armada rescues trapped New Yorkers, was based on extensive phone interviews with tugboat owners with Reinauer Transportation and Moran Towing, as well as officials with U.S. Coast Guard Activities New… Continue reading My 9/11 rescue and survivor stories reprinted

B.C., Writing

Three thoughts about the Vancouver riot

June 22, 2011 I was working the evening shift at The Vancouver Sun the night the first hockey riot broke out. Depressed about the Canucks losing, we’d just about finished laying out the front page and “put the paper to bed”. Then news came in that a mob was forming at Robson and Thurlow, with… Continue reading Three thoughts about the Vancouver riot

Writing

Switching from wordpress.com to wordpress.org

What an absolute pain! I have to say, don't make this switch lightly. I wanted to change the look of my website/blog, which I've run happily on the free wordpress.com site for the last couple of years. But I wanted a more sophisticated layout. I found a new template I really liked, from Elegant Themes,… Continue reading Switching from wordpress.com to wordpress.org

Writing

Online tips at Bowen Island writing festival

By Alison Bate I learned about Freemiums and Long Tails on Saturday while moderating a panel at the Write on Bowen festival on Bowen Island, near Vancouver, B.C. As traditional media outlets struggle to make money on the web, panelist Lisa Manfield said Freemium was one way for companies to adapt. Freemium involves promoting services… Continue reading Online tips at Bowen Island writing festival