Pauline Holdstock: Live to Air with Bill Richardson

Recorded at the Vancouver International Writers Festival on October 21, 2004

"It begins with a hanging and I like to say it's all downhill from there." So says Pauline Holdstock of her novel Beyond Measure. This conversation with Bill Richardson begins with a glass of champagne (or two?) and unfolds into a bubbly discussion of the characters who move through Holdstock's novel, a study of race, aesthetics and power amid the debauched art world of 16th Century Italy.

Pauline Holdstock’s novel Beyond Measure was a finalist for the 2004 Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Canada and Caribbean Region. It won the BC Book Prizes Ethel Wilson Award for Fiction in 2005. Her novella The World of Light Where We Live won the Malahat Review 2006 Novella Contest. Holdstock also writes non-fiction. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in Canada’s national newspapers and have been broadcast on CBC radio. She was the winner of the Prairie Fire Personal Journalism Prize, 2000. Holdstock has taught at the Victoria School of Writing, the University of Victoria and the Banff Centre Wired Writing Studio. Her novel Into the Heart of the Country was published in 2010. (APRIL 2010)