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Cover Story: Walter Borden in... Neptune Theatre's 60th Season
Cover photograph by Tanja Tiziana 

Also in this issue:

* The Maiden Factor by Heather McBriarty
Photographs by Aren Hemmings

* Exclusive Film: The [EDIT] Guide to Corner Brook
* KV Music Festival: A Photographic Celebration by Andrew Finlay

* Atlantic International Film Festival by Jennifer Wood

* Zenith Health by Cait Milberry

* Jon Tattrie interviews James Mullinger on the [EDIT] Podcast

60 Seasons of Theatrical Greatness
Nova Scotia's Neptune Theatre announces the Full Lineup for their Monumental 2022-23 Season

Neptune Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia is one of the most respected and beloved performing arts venues in Canada. 

And this fall, Neptune has triumphantly arrived at their 60th season, making them the longest running regional theatre in Canada. Launching September 2022, the season sees everything from the debut of the highly anticipated Fall On Your Knees adaptation, the return of Elf: The Musical - one of the most popular holiday shows in Neptune’s history, to the Covid-delayed Billy Elliot: The Musical. A blend of new programming and shows lost to the pandemic, there is something for everyone on both the Fountain Hall Mainstage and the Scotiabank Studio Stage. 
The critically acclaimed and much loved artistic director Jeremy Webb (who was the director of the hit The Rocky Horror Show production this summer that [EDIT]'s editor in chief James Mullinger proclaimed the best  version of the show he had ever seen) is rightly excited about this coming season. 
“Being the Artistic Director of this theatre company, on this land, during this time has been a challenge, a blessing and an honour," he says. "I am so excited to share with everyone the season we’ve put together. We wanted to put together a program of shows that spoke to current events, with intimate and powerful performances. Even with our ‘spectacle’ programming, the heart of the message is love, acceptance, and growth. I am hopeful that these shows will connect with our current patrons, and welcome new audiences into the building who see themselves reflected in the stories we are telling.”
Reflecting on the legacy of an organization like Neptune, General Manager Lisa Bugden shares her thoughts on the importance of cultural stewardship.
“Reaching the milestone of 60 years is indicative of the importance and impact this company has had on our community. We’ve weathered and seen many changes over the years, and we don’t take our responsibility as a leader lightly,” Bugden says. “Our anniversary season is truly tailored to entertain and educate our audiences. We’re thrilled to bring classic favourites, a world premiere, and edgy think-pieces to the theatre goers of Nova Scotia.”
Paul LaBerge, President of Neptune’s Board of Directors, knows that Neptune’s future lies in adapting and expanding: “One of our great challenges moving forward as a theatre is to continually adapt and expand to our audiences’ wants and needs. As a pillar of the arts community, not just in Nova Scotia but in Canada, it’s our responsibility to lead the way,” LaBarge says. “We have faced many trials and tribulations to keep our doors open over the last six decades, but the support from our patrons and the community at large has allowed us to rise to the challenge. I am confident that we will continue to trail blaze, engage, and inspire over our next 60 years.”

Opening this week is Walter Borden’s autobiographical masterpiece, The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time, a first in the history of Black Canadian literature to examine themes around male homosexuality from a Black perspective. For more than half a century, Walter Borden has been an acclaimed actor, playwright, poet and teacher. Along the way, he has performed on stages across Canada. He joined Halifax's Neptune Theatre Company in 1972. Borden has received many awards and honours — including the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, the African Nova Scotian Music Association’s Music Heritage Award and the Portia White Prize and been made a member of the Order of Canada. 

In 2002, Borden was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2006, and a member of the Order of Nova Scotia in 2014. Active in the civil rights movement throughout his career as a performer, author, and teacher, Borden has received the African Nova Scotia Music Association (ANSMA) Music Heritage Award, the Portia White Prize awarded annually by the Nova Scotia Arts Council for making a significant contribution to culture and the arts in Nova Scotia, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award for his contribution to African-Canadian arts and culture. He has been bestowed two Honorary Doctorates from Acadia University and Saint Mary’s University. 

Book now to see The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time by visiting the box office at 

Keep reading below for a full rundown of this magnificent 60th season, but first enjoy these glorious photographs of the Neptune Theatre throughout the years...

Here is a complete list of shows you have enjoy this landmark 60th season at the Neptune Theatre: 

Fountain Hall Shows

The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time By Walter Borden. (Sept 6 - 25, 2022)  Initially written and performed by Walter Borden in 1986, and presented as Tightrope Time Ain’t Nuthin’ More Than Some Itty Bitty Madness Between Your Twilight & Your Dawn, the work was one of the first Canadian plays to explore male homosexuality from a Black perspective. Borden originally played 14 characters, each of whom was crucial in reflecting his philosophy on the journey of life. Now, through the voices of 10 characters, Borden delivers an autobiographical solo performance as a distilled feast for all of the senses. The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time is a profound opportunity to witness a legendary Black Canadian artist in his element, and offers audiences a personal experience in witnessing the illumination of the resiliency of the human spirit.
Special Event: Nova Scotia Mass Choir Concert (Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2022) Join us for a weekend of joyful celebration. The Nova Scotia Mass Choir is celebrating their 30th anniversary, as we celebrate our 60th. Coming together to pay tribute to the Nova Scotian Cultural Experience, we are delighted to host this concert for our patrons and fans of the NS Mass Choir.

Misery (Oct 14 - Nov 6, 22) Based on Stephen King’s novel, and directed by Jeremy Webb. Misery follows successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon, who is rescued from a car crash by his “Number One Fan,” Annie Wilkes, and wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads the manuscript to his newest novel and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new “Misery” novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere. The irate Annie has Paul writing as if his life depends on it, and it does. “There are no lulls in famed screenwriter William Goldman’s 90-minute stage adaptation of the Stephen King story, which Goldman himself translated into the 1990 film…Exposition that took a dozen pages in paperback and at least several minutes on screen plays out…faster than snow piling up in a Colorado blizzard.” —NBC New York.

Elf The Musical (Nov 22, 2022 - Jan 8, 2023) Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

Fall On Your Knees (Feb 10 - Mar 5, 2023) Written by the internationally acclaimed Canadian writer Ann-Marie MacDonald, and adapted for the stage by award winning Nova Scotian playwright Hannah Moscovitch, Fall on Your Knees is a sweeping novel that chronicles three generations of Cape Breton’s Piper family. The story moves from the battlefields of the First World War to the emerging jazz scene in Harlem, NY, and into the lives of four unforgettable sisters. This adaptation for the stage spans multiple musical genres and generations, unfolding amid the collision and melding of identities – cultural, class, racial, sexual and gender – at the birth of the modern era. 
Ballad of the Motherland (Mar 21- April 9, 2023) Written by Annie Valentina. It is 2014: One Canadian blogger makes the pilgrimage to her parents' homeland in East Ukraine, and is caught in the crossfire - literally and metaphorically - when captured by local separatists as a "foreign operative". Today, as Russian bombs fall on Ukranian cities, she speaks of the ordeal publicly for the very first time.  Inspired by real events of the 2014 armed conflict in Donbass, this story deals with the human search for meaning in the face of impossible odds, as well as reconciling ex-pat identities in the Slavic Canadian diaspora.
Billy Elliot the Musical (May 2 - July 2, 2023) Determined to make his dreams come true, Billy Elliot is an inspirational story of one boy’s stumble from the boxing ring to the ballet studio.  Against all odds, his life is changed forever when his passion inspires not only his family, but a community fallen on hard times. Featuring a rousing score by music legend Elton John, Billy Elliot is an astonishing theatrical experience that will stay with you forever.

Scotiabank Studio Shows

Huff (October 4-9, 2022) Co-presented with the Prismatic Festival. Strong, uncompromising storytelling, Huff is an award-winning, heart-wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Indigenous brothers, struggling to cope with the death of their mother and the realities of life on a reservation. Their dream world bleeds into haunting reality, as they’re preyed on by the Trickster through the hallways of the old residential school, the abandoned motel they love more than home, and their own psyche.
Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Nov 29 - Dec 29, 2022) Whether read aloud with family and friends or in solitude on a chill winter evening to savour the story, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a very special holiday experience. Take a break from the holiday rush and settle in for this dramatic telling of this holiday classic. Often Hilarious, sometimes spooky;Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been recreated for the whole family. Every Christmas it’s the story that will warm our hearts. Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future will remind us with laughter and tears that the true Christmas spirit comes from giving.
In Lieu of Flowers (Feb 7-19, 2023) Following the sudden passing of her brother, Eddie struggles to navigate her world and relationships. When the memory of Erin begins to shift and distort, Eddie must face the question of what it means to hold onto someone after they’re gone.  A new play by Alison Crosby, developed through Neptune’s own INKubator program in partnership with PARC, In Lieu Of Flowers is an exploration of the complexities of grief, loyalty, and what happens to those who are left behind.

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Last month, the 1998/99 Whitbread Round the World race boat, skippered by Tracy Edwards, OBE, made its only Canadian stop on their 90,000 nautical mile, 3-year journey around the world right here in Saint John, New Brunswick. A small but growing, and fiercely passionate group of female sailors in Saint John were heavily involved throughout this glorious 10-day visit in the port city showcasing with aplomb that female sailors here breaking down the doors of a male dominated sport. Dedicated sailor Heather McBriarty has the full story...
What do you do when you hear your hero is coming to town? Once the internal screaming-like-a-fangirl dies down and your goosebumps settle, you jump in with both feet to get involved. This is exactly what happened earlier this year when female sailors in Saint John, New Brunswick found out their city was going to be the only Canadian stop on a 3-year, 90,000 nautical mile voyage around the world for the legendary 1989/90 Whitbread Round-the World race boat, Maiden, and her all-female crew.
Sailing - and especially racing - boats has long been a “boys only” club. Women have had to fight their way onto boats from the top tiers of professional crews, all the way down to so-called “beer can” club racing, and still do today. A group of female racers in Saint John know just what a slog it can be to get on a race boat, even when the stakes are only a bottle of rum and a mug to drink it out of. 
Some of the women who sail here grew up on boats; others came to it as adults, participating in adult learn to sail courses or finding a friendly female skipper to teach them. All of them, including me, faced the deep-seated prejudices against women on boats. No, we are not bad luck, thank you! We didn’t belong, we would kill the camaraderie of all male crews, we aren’t strong enough, competitive enough. Have a seat on the rail if you must, and don’t get in the way. We aren’t even safe from the side-eyed speculation of other women that we are only on boats to get a man - yes, even those of us who are married to a sailing/racing partner. Fortunately, we all found places to thrive, learn, grow, and become competitive sailors, have bought our own boats, have become race skippers ourselves. We have found that peace and empowerment that comes from running in partnership with the wind, from being at the mercy of the water and weather. Because of this, we can, on a deep level, relate to and admire the tenacity it took a young Englishwoman, Tracy Edwards, to get a boat, an all-female crew, and go on to prove herself as a skipper in one of the toughest and most grueling sailing races in the world, the Whitbread Round the World (WRTW) Race.
Tracy Edwards was not your typical English school girl. Expelled at 15, she began travelling the world and learned to sail at 17 while working on charter boats in the Mediterranean. At 23, she talked her way onto a Maxi yacht as cook for the 1985/86 WRTW race. She was the first woman to sail in the race, much of its tens of thousands of miles traveling the treacherous and notoriously deadly seas of the wild Southern Ocean. This was just the beginning of a string of firsts for the tenacious young woman. 
Determined to compete as a skipper, and with the generous support of King Hussain II of Jordan, who she met while charter boat crewing, 26-year-old Tracy was able to buy a 1979 58-foot aluminum, Farr-designed race boat – named Maiden - and put together her crew for the 1989/90 WRTW. Facing the ridicule and outright hostility of male competitors, who didn’t believe she would make it to the start line, let alone finish the race, Tracy proved them all wrong by winning two of the legs and finishing 2nd in class overall. Awarded a Member of the British Empire (MBE), she was also named Yachtsman of the Year, the first woman so honoured with the trophy recognizing the greatest achievements in British yachting. This trophy, interestingly, was endowed in 1955 by New Brunswick-born Sir Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook. 
Tracy continued sailing and racing, and breaking records over the next 15 years: on a 92-foot multihull (a first for women) and competing in the Jules Verne non-stop circumnavigation of the world (yet another first). Maiden, though, had been sold after the 89/90 WRTW and was, although Tracy didn’t know it, in a downward spiral of successive owners. 
From the mid-2000s to the early-2010s, Tracy turned her focus in another direction: child exploitation, cyber-bullying, sexting, and the impact of online reputation on youth. She worked for CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) as Project Manager for their International Youth Advisory Conference, and with the UN.
In 2014, Tracy got the sad news that Maiden was abandoned and rotting in a marina in the Seychelles (Indian Ocean). Inspired and again supported by King Hussain and his daughter, Princess Haya, Tracy was able to raise funds to buy Maiden and ship her back to Southampton, England in 2017 for a refit. Relaunched in 2018, the same year the BAFTA-winning documentary about Tracy Edwards and Maiden’s run at the WRTW was released, Maiden set out with a new all-female crew on a round-the-world journey that combined Tracy’s love of sailing, female-empowerment and children as The Maiden Factor. 
Nearly 130 million girls around the world have no access to education. Less than half of countries have gender parity in early childhood education, and fewer still in secondary school education. Educating girls, showing them what they can do, especially in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) benefits not only them, but also their communities. It reduces infant mortality and early births, decreases child marriage and female genital mutilation, reduces the spread of AIDS/HIV and other viruses, and increases women’s contributions to tackling sustainability in industry and farming, and climate action. Boys also directly benefit from gender parity in education, increasing their engagement in school and decreasing child labour, gang violence and recruitment into armed groups.

The Maiden Factor Foundation’s goal is to raise awareness and funds to tackle the goal of increasing education opportunities for girls globally. They support educational organizations, provide online resources, and hold outreach programs in disadvantaged communities, and in all their stops inspire girls and women to reach their full potential, even a group of local middle-aged mothers who love to sail. Their vision is “A world where every girl has access to 12 years of quality education; empowering them to choose their future and fulfil their dreams”
The COVID pandemic interrupted Maiden’s trip in 2020 after 18 months and 22,000 nautical miles, but a new journey began in February 2022. From Dubai, she has sailed through the Suez to the Mediterranean, across the Atlantic to Miami, and has been slowly working her way up the Eastern seaboard of the USA. 
DP World, one of the largest providers of logistics solutions for global trade, and Maiden’s primary sponsor, happens to run the container dock on Saint John’s west side. It only took a few words in the right ears to get the Port of Saint John on board with inviting Maiden to visit. As a result, her only Canadian stop on the schedule - August 3-13, 2022 - was in Saint John. The reaction of the local sailing community - and the female sailors in particular - was nothing less than enthusiastic. Immediately committees were struck at the Port level and women were invited to form a sub-committee to involve the local boat clubs.

Ideas flew thick and fast. How many boats can we get down in the Harbour as a welcome fleet? New Zealand had the most at 33? We did beat that! Would the crew come present prizes to our youth sailors competing in a circuit regatta at Rothesay Yacht Club during their visit?  They’d be delighted. How about inviting the Maiden crew to race at the RKYC? An enthusiastic yes from the crew; they’d never been invited to do this at any other stop. Can you make this a yearly fundraiser for The Maiden Factor Foundation? Absolutely! Why not take them for a leisurely sail on the river as Maiden was unable to fit under the bridges? Saint John’s Women on the Water group (WOWSJ) hosted a private sunset cruise on the St. John /Wolastoq and Kennebecasis Rivers for the crew, and the camaraderie of fellow women sailors – world traveling and local – was as inspiring as any could have hoped for.
Of course, the biggest question of all: would Tracy Edwards be here? Yes, she was, despite a bad back keeping her from sailing on the boat. And what an utterly charming, down to Earth person she is, graciously hosting a public Q&A session after the airing of the Maiden documentary at the Area 506 container village, posing for pictures with any of the sailors who asked, and sharing the goals and visions of the foundation she created. All said, the trip was a huge success for both Maiden and the Maiden Factor Foundation. Tracy commented they had not expected their smallest port of call to result in their largest welcome fleet, their biggest crowd of visitors and the warmest welcome, but those of us who live here should not be surprised that welcome was so warm. It was also, in Tracy’s words, truly memorable, and a shot in the arm for Maiden. By the genuine connections made between the crew (road and yacht) and women sailors here, her words are no mere platitude. 
While Maiden may have sailed on to her next stop, and prepares once again to cross the Atlantic, her impact in Saint John goes far beyond the generous donations to the Foundation made during her visit. From inspiring a deeper commitment for women to support other girls and women in sailing through WOWSJ, to the legacy of the Maiden Factor Foundation racing which will continue to contribute to the Foundation on a yearly basis, Maiden has become a important piece of the fabric of Saint John. 
About The Maiden Factor
* Maiden is a Global Ambassador for the Empowerment of Girls through Education

* Maiden inspires women and girls all over the world

* Maiden raises funds for girls’ educational programmes around the world

* Maiden shows, by example, what girls can achieve if they embrace STEM subjects
Heather McBriarty with her hero Tracy Edwards in Saint John, New Brunswick in August 2022
Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989 and Maiden crossed the start line on 2nd Sept 1989 and sailed into the history books. Maiden went on to win two of the legs and came second in class overall. The best result for a British boat since 1977 and the best result for an all-female crew ever. Tracy was awarded the MBE and became the first woman in its 34 year history to be awarded the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy.

Aren Hemmings is a Saint John-based photographer who specializes in travel and adventure photography. She got her big break working in New York City on the Maiden, the famous all-female crewed sailboat. Aren's photos can be seen on Instagram at @arensophia.

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For years, Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, was just a footnote along the highway — a city where tourists would stop for gas and groceries before heading to the tablelands and steep fjords of Gros Morne National Park. The things Corner Brook did have going for it (nearby beaches, a vibrant arts scene, and snow-covered mountains that dot the horizon) were overshadowed by the vacant store fronts and quiet streets. Not anymore, though. Corner Brook’s had a real glow-up. It’s worthy of being its own destination with its new microbreweries, boutique hotels and restaurants. There are antique stores, cute coffee shops, an arcade, nearby hikes, and exciting art galleries. Here’s what you must do and see if you’ve got a day or two to spend in Corner Brook. To learn more pick up the brand new volume of [EDIT] magazine to read Amanda and Rodrigo's scintillating feature.
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Celebrating its 16th year, the KV Music Festival packed New Brunswick's Kennebecasis Valley with live music and great times to celebrate the end of the summer at the weekend. With three nights of amazing entertainment featuring Big Fish, The Divorcees, Arsenal Mills, Joan Kennedy Trio, great food from Vito's who host the extravaganza and fans flocking from across the region, it was another huge success.

One of the brains behind the festival is artist booker and co-ordinator Heather Brittain who told [EDIT]ION: "I was fortunate to be asked by Vito's co-owner George Georgoudis to book music for KV Music Fest in 2018 and have been doing it ever since.  I absolutely love being part of KV Music Fest, first because of my love of music, but also because being a part of something that brings friends and family together to enjoy this event is really quite an endeavour.  It’s a challenge to find just the right acts each year and I love stepping up to that challenge. It's fun to see the performances from the bands as well as the energy from all that come together to make this event a success! I would be hard pressed to pick favourite moments from this past weekend, but I have to say I couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face when LMT Connection and Chops Horns were playing on our second night of performances, there are such seasoned musicians, a real gem to have here in the Maritimes! It was an honour to partner with Bobby’s Hospice and the Vito's family will be presenting a donation to that organization later this month! A huge thank you to all the performers and each person involved in making this event a success - I am already planning next year!"

Proceeds will support compassionate care, valuable palliative and grief support that Bobby's Hospice offers, while serving as a model for healthcare innovation in our region. Our friend Ethan Ash (pictured below) opened the festival with a blistering set and each and every act excelled. 

Ethan Ash told [EDIT]ION after the show: "This is a really special festival. I find Canadians have a great love, appreciation and relationship with music. Music is so much more part of the culture in Canada than in the UK, which is one of the many things I love about your country. I’m now very selective about shows I play in the UK and those I do play are for people I know appreciate music. I’ve played some big festivals and venues but the best shows I’ve done have always been in Canada, regardless of audience or venue size. I love playing in New Brunswick in particular - I love the people, the music culture and the beauty of the place.  New Brunswick is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited."

Be sure to book early for next year ( but in the meantime enjoy this special photographic celebration by one of our favourite photographers Andrew Finlay of the weekend's festivities:

2022 FIN Atlantic International Film Festival
Halifax | September 15-22
Halifax will be a buzz at the 2022 FIN Atlantic International Film Festival when movie makers and movie buffs mark an eight-day celebration of film and media with regional and international talent and a chance to come together for a shared love in stories that reflect the human condition through drama, comedy, action, and documentaries. FIN will present an impressive roster of 178 films, in 29 different languages from close to 30 countries and the return of a full slate of special events. The festival also offers a chance for filmmakers and fans to exchange thoughts on the creative process and technical aspects of movie making.

“We are excited to return to full capacity screenings at Cineplex Park Lane this year. In addition, we are once again offering FIN Stream, which allows audience in Atlantic Canada to watch Atlantic Canadian films online during the festival,” Martha Cooley, Executive Director of FIN tells [EDIT]ION.  “Films will be available for the full duration of the festival and Galas will be available online for 24hrs from their in-cinema start time.”
FIN Partners will host three days of pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings, roundtable sessions, keynote speakers, live digital panels and networking events, all set against the backdrop of FIN Atlantic International Film Festival. Screenings will be presented at Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane in Halifax, and 77 films will be presented virtually throughout Atlantic Canada online via FIN Stream.

For a full list of programming, sign up for their newsletter and/or to purchase single or multi-pass tickets, visit FIN FESTIVAL.

Performance specialist Luke Couture uses his diverse background as a high-performance athlete to help others achieve their goals. In February 2019, he launched Zenith Health & Performance in Rothesay, NB, a business focused on providing purposeful, full-spectrum plans for his clients. With over ten years as a full-time professional badminton athlete who has travelled the world, Luke is sharing his knowledge through coaching. Luke lives and operates his business in New Brunswick but offers his services and experience globally.

This month, more than 26 athletes Luke has worked with are participating in the 2022 Niagara Canada Games. Luke prioritizes strategic athlete development, using the latest knowledge in sports science combined with coaching to help his clients reach their full potential.

To find out more about Luke and his services, check out his website:



In the final episode of the third season of Mullinger Meets Canadians, Jon Tattrie interviews your host live on stage at the Halifax Central Library about his newly published memoir Brit Happens – Living The Canadian Dream!

James is an award-winning British comedian and the co-founder of [EDIT] magazine. He spent fifteen years at GQ before moving to Canada. He has appeared on CBC’s The Debaters, at theatres across the country, and in stand-up specials and movies. Brit Happens is his first book. Mullinger wrote a feature film about his life The Comedian’s Guide to Survival, starring British actor James Buckley. He has been nominated for a Just for Laughs Best Comedy Show Award and Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Live Show and Best Filmed Live Performance.

Jon Tattrie is an award-winning author and multi-media journalist who has written about Nova Scotia history for Lonely Planet, Canadian Geographic, Reader’s Digest, The Globe and Mail, CBC and many other outlets. He is the author of eight books, including Peace By Chocolate, Daniel Paul: Mi'kmaq Elder and Cornwallis: The Violent Birth of Halifax. He's a CBC journalist and holds a master's degree in writing from the University of King's College. All are award-winning regional best-sellers. His next book Sword and Soul will be published in 2024.

To make it special, we also invited 300 people to join James, Jon and Sarah from Podstarter in Paul O’Regan Hall at the architectural marvel that is the Halifax Central Library to discuss James’ eight years in Canada, the writing and publication of his memoir Brit Happens, childhood trauma, becoming a Canadian, writing comedy and much, much more.

Special thanks to everyone at the Halifax Central Library and at Goose Lane Editions. To watch the film of the interview, please click here.

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