Member Profile

Alison Wearing

Photo: Geoff Robins 2011

Alison Wearing is the writer/performer of two award-winning one-woman plays and the author of the internationally acclaimed travel memoir Honeymoon in Purdah – an Iranian journey. Alison is also a touring musician. She is currently at work on a memoir about growing up with a gay father.

DETAILED BIOGRAPHY:

Born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Alison Wearing has spent most of the last decade in central Mexico and she continues to divide her time between Tepoztlán and Stratford (Ontario, Canada), where she lives with her partner and son.

A wanderer since the age of seventeen, Alison has travelled and lived throughout Europe, Israel, the Occupied Territories, the former Soviet Union, China, Thailand, and the Amazonian regions of Ecuador and Peru. Her 1995 travels through the Middle East resulted in the internationally bestselling memoir Honeymoon in Purdah – an Iranian journey (Vintage Canada).

Alison’s writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Queen’s Quarterly, BorderCrossings, Geist, Canadian Forum, enRoute, ascent and Shambhala Sun, as well as in the Dropped Threads, AWOL, and Journey Prize Anthologies.

Since 2001, much of Alison’s energy has been devoted to performing and recording music. She appears on the CDs Hole in the Sky, Rites of Passage and What is Your Dream? with world/folk musician Jarmo Jalava and has participated in North American tours as a vocalist and percussionist, playing concerts across Canada, the United States and Mexico.

A devotee of yoga for more than twenty years, Alison leads yoga journeys/retreats in Mexico, as well as yoga, dance, writing & meditation workshops in Mexico and Canada.

Alison's one-woman play Giving Into Light marked her debut as a playwright and monologue performer. She has performed the play across Canada, where it has been the recipient of numerous awards, including BEST OF FEST (Wakefield Fringe Festival 2010), PICK OF THE FRINGE (Victoria Fringe Festival 2011) and CRITIC'S CHOICE SPOTLIGHT AWARD finalist for BEST FRINGE PRODUCTION OF 2011 (CBC/CVV Magazine/Times Colonist/Monday Magazine). The script of Giving Into Light was drawn from a full-length manuscript, which looks forward to being born in book form soon.

"Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: growing up with a gay father" is Alison’s most recent project. Another one-woman play, it took BEST OF FEST at the Wakefield Fringe Festival when it premiered there in 2011. When not performing, Alison is at work completing the book of the same title. And doing yoga whenever she can.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

Honeymoon in Purdah. Alfred A. Knopf; Vintage Canada, 2000
My Life As A Shadow, Dropped Threads 2. Random House of Canada, 2003
The Motherhood Roadshow, AWOL: Tales for Travel-Inspired Minds. Vintage Canada, 2003
Notes from Under Water, Journey Prize Anthology. McClelland & Stewart, 1994

Awards

Pick of the Fringe, Drama for Giving Into Light, 2011
Best of Fest for Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter, 2011
Best of Fest for Giving Into Light, 2010
National Magazine Award Gold Medal (Travel Writing) for Staring Down the Beast: a trip to Serbia, 1995
Western Canada Magazine Award, 1st Prize for Solitary Motion, 1998

WITS

Presentation Length:
1-2 hours
Genre:
performance, memoir
Grades:
9-12
Audience size:
100-250
Northern OAC WITS:
No
GST:
GST not applicable