CBC Radio Interview
It was fun to talk to Aimslie on the CBC a show-book-song on Diwali Day.
The show is usually reserved for Quebec artists but being a proud ex-Montrealer counts.
Four years back when my Diwali book came out I was in their studio for an interview.
Thanks to 2020, I did this interview on the phone. The sound quality isn't the greatest
but I got to talk about the show I watched, a book I read, and a song that resonated with me during the lockdown and how the pandemic has affected my imagination. It's a question that has intrigued me too.
How are other artists and writers processing this collective grief of the virus?
I talked a little about a story I wrote during the lockdown. What helped me with my anxiety was going for walks and taking pictures of trees, birds, and clouds.
On a solitary walk during lockdown, I passed a field, a school, a playground, a park, a trail.
They were all empty. A stillness had fallen over the city. I looked up and saw a bird in a tree.
I imagined if it wondered where did we all go. I wondered if the birds were worried for us.
The story came to me wordlessly.
It too was empty of words. EMPTY will be published by Orca Book Publishers in 2023.