Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The Dirty Dozen, with Jeanette Lynes

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Jeanette Lynes (photo credit Deb Stagg)

Mixing the traditions of British romanticism with postmodern innovative is no small task, but it's one that Jeanette Lynes tackles with flare and wit in Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems (Wolsak & Wynn). Taking inspiration from the titular Romantic-era poet, Jeanette fuses Clare's pastoral world with a deep exploration of the 19th century poet's fascinating life, creating a poetic biography that is a pleasure to read.

We talk to Jeanete today as part of our Dirty Dozen series, which invites writers to share twelve unexpected facts about themselves. Jeanette tells us about why you might want to recruit her for your band, her vintage addiction and an intriguing and non-traditional cocktail idea.

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  1. I am taking rock and roll drumming lessons and I love it.
  2. I am addicted to IKEA.
  3. I hate traveling.
  4. Hotdogs are my favourite food.
  5. I dye my hair.
  6. If I don’t go to a thrift shop at least once every two weeks I get the shakes.
  7. I am still in love with vinyl records.
  8. I am very materialistic.
  9. I like adding diet coke to Guinness beer.
  10. I have a terrible weakness for men who are musicians.
  11. I hate being tall.
  12. I miss my mother something awful.


Jeanette Lynes is the author of one novel and seven collections of poetry. Her novel, The Factory Voice (Coteau, 2009), was longlisted for The Scotiabank Giller Prize and a ReLit Award. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and has won The Bliss Carman Award. She has taught writing at the Banff Centre and The Sage Hill Writing Experience. She is Coordinator of the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan's Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity and a member of the Department of English.

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