Fall 2015 Writer in Residence

Cybèle Young in Quesnel, BC
October 26-30, 2015

For our fall residency, the Writers Fest brought renowned visual artist and author Cybèle Young to Quesnel, B.C, where she worked with secondary school students and presented workshops for the community.  

Cybèle mentored 12 students at Corrileau Secondary School for five days, sharing her creative process which involves creating miniature worlds from fine Japanese papers.  Her intricate sculptural artworks are inspired by seemingly insignificant day-to-day experiences, where objects imply human interactions and small observations become fantastic. Based on their work with Cybèle during the week, the students and Cybèle created this short video.

During her residency, Cybèle also presented a workshop with youth at the Quesnel Library, and read from her book, The Queen’s Shadow, at Books and Company, a local bookstore.

Cybèle Young is an award-winning artist who has illustrated several books for children, including Pa’s Harvest, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature (Illustration) and Jack Pine. She has recently written and illustrated A Few Blocks, a Kirkus Best Children’s Book; Ten Birds, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature (Illustration); and A Few Bites, which received starred reviews in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Her new titles are The Queen’s Shadow and Some Things I’ve Lost.