Dig Your Neighbourhood Rutland has made a first public appearance in the community! On February 27th, at the Bohemian Café, the creators and publishers of DYN Rutland spoke about their time on the project.
The DYN Rutland began when Nancy Holmes’ creative writing students from the 2013 winter term at UBCO engaged with the Rutland community. Their research included enjoying guided walks around the community with grad student Kelly Shepherd, participating in the Scarecrow Festival, speaking with local historians, visiting the Sikh temple, and long hard reflections at the Packing House Pub.
Six weeks of research and six weeks of writing made for a well-rounded connection of community engaged projects. Now, twelve pieces of work are going to be published by Lake Publishing Society and distributed by the Welcome Wagon to new residents of Rutland.
These twelve pieces show Rutland in a variety of ways—unexpected, funny, playing with the stereotypes, pushing back against them. Nightmare Stories from Rutland by Harrison Crerar, enlightens readers on (somewhat) fictional events that have happened in Rutland. The book gives a good message though: It’s all what you make of it.
Similarly, a graphic novel is being published by Brittni Mackenzie-Dale with artist Ashleigh Green. This book follows two youngsters who have to learn how to get along while battling through some spooky parts of Rutland on Halloween.
Taking a completely different view of Rutland is Janelle Sheppard’s children’s book, Welcome to Furcheland. This fairy tale is about a girl who has moved into Rutland and finds all the magic that is hidden away.
Other projects include a dating guide, a survival guide for teens, a satirical view on John Rutland, a Rutland walking guide, a CD about local Rutland transit, and greeting cards!
These projects hope to bring new views about Rutland into the community, and especially to newcomers.
Jade Hignett, a DYN Rutland team member, said, “We hope that this engages with the community, and starts conversation about the place that Rutland is.”
DYN Rutland would like to know what you think about Rutland and about this project. Please leave comments below about our community engagement project.
DYN Rutland will be launching these projects at Hillcrest Farms on April 12, 2014. Come grab a bite to eat with us! There will be door prizes and a chance to win a Welcome Wagon package containing these DYN Rutland projects.
A HUGE thank you to artsVest, URBA, Lake Publishing Society, and the Welcome Wagon for making this project possible.
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