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Lorenzo Reading Series to feature Writer-in-Residence-SJ

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Posted on Mar 20, 2018

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UNB’s Writer-in-Residence Colleen Murphy will read from her body of work including, I Hope My Heart Burns First, The Breathing Hole, Pig Girl, Beating Heart Cadaver and The December Man on Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in the Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre.

Pig Girl (2013)

For 85 minutes, a Killer holds a Dying Woman captive in a secluded barn. Their names say it; there is no escaping the horrific conclusion. In the empty space to either side are the Dying Woman’s Sister and a Police Officer. Their action spans nine years as the sister beats her head against a police force agonizingly slow to investigate the disappearance of marginalized sex workers. The play gives a fictional victim’s story back to her as the Dying Woman fights to refuse the inevitable. It will not help her, but her heroic defiance gives voice to women whose lives or spirits have been lost to violence.  Pig Girl won the 2016 Governor General's Literacy Award for English Drama.

The December Man (2007)

A public tragedy shatters a working class family in Montréal. Struggling to survive the aftermath, Benoît and Kathleen do everything they can to help their beloved son cope with guilt and rage...but Jean's young life becomes unglued. Using humour and the humdrum of everyday life, the play intuitively moves backwards in time to the fateful day when Jean, the only ray of hope in this working class family, escaped the massacre...or thought he did. This searing drama on courage, heroism and despair explores the long private shadows that public violence casts.

Beating Heart Cadaver (1999)

Leona and Danny's young daughter, Amelia, perishes in a car crash. Paralyzed in a car accident, Danny is spurned by his wife's harsh accusations as she clings helplessly to a balloon believed to contain the daughter's last breath. Enter Lola, a pathological grief councillor. Turbulent and daring, Murphy's writing ventures through dark emotional territory unearthing humour and forgiveness as Leona and Danny right their way back to each other, and to life.

The Lorenzo Reading Series acknowledges the support of the League of Canadian Poets, UNB Saint John, UNB Saint John Bookstore, Canada Council for the Arts and its private reading sponsors.

For more information contact Andrea Kikuchi at (506) 648-5782 or email


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