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Eleanor Albanese

Photo: Alan Dickson 2019

Award winning Canadian artist, Eleanor Albanese has spent her life immersed in theatre and writing. Eleanor's radio drama The Novena Sisters aired nationally on CBC radio's Sunday Showcase Series and her full-length drama The Two Rooms of Grace was included in the 4th Annual International Women's Playwrights Festival in Ireland. Her play for family audiences, Night Wings, was the inaugural production for Superior Theatre Festival.

Eleanor's numerous plays for young audiences have toured nationally from coast to coast. Productions include an adaptation of Pinocchio (first production Young Peoples Theatre), East of the Sun; West of the Moon (first production Motus O Dance Theatre), Zak & The Magic Blue Stone (first production Theatre New Brunswick) and numerous other plays.

Eleanor plays are published in three anthologies with Playwrights Canada Press. Her novel, If Tenderness Be Gold, published by Latitude 46 Publishing will be available in print in March, 2020. Recent published works include The Queen of Peter Street, published by Canadian Woman Studies: les cahiers de la femme, A Season of Cloudberries published by Arctic Journal, The Runaway Train published by Walleye Arts Magazine and A Thread to My Mother's Kitchen published by Burning Books Press.

A sampling of her theatre awards include 1st place Sybil Cook Award for her play Night Wings, finalist with Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition (Alleyway Theatre, NY) for Dancing on Salt n’ Snow.

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If Tenderness Be Gold. Latitude 46 Publishing, 2020
Long Poem Registry. Un/Speak/Able/Press, 2017
The Queen of Peter Street. Canadian Woman Studies, 2016
Fuel Anthology. Burning Books Press, 2015
A Season of Cloudberries. Arctic Journal, 2013
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Presentation Description

Eleanor will read excerpts from her novel, If Tenderness Be Gold, as well as read from her creative non-fiction short stories. Following the reading, Eleanor engages the audience by inviting them to share some of their own stories and experiences with each other.  Themes that often emerge from Eleanor's writing include generational memory and how intricately memory is connected to our sensory awareness. Eleanor often uses sensory prompts to ignite personal story telling and story sharing.

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1.5 to 2 hours
fiction, memoir
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Eleanor offers creativity workshops customized to the needs of the classroom, integrating personal storytelling with creative writing, along with a visual component. Eleanor has worked extensively in arts education for over 35 years.

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