Poetry. Lilly Barnes brings you the journey of a life lived in turbulent times. Its many stories are distilled from personal experience, honed and deepened into the shape and rhythm of poetry. The arc of this life begins with the child who has no fear of bombs—war being the only way of life she has known—but is afraid that she might reveal a dangerous secret. Or get a hole in her stocking. Or maybe get served her own pet bunny in a stew. The journey continues through years of dislocations, when the struggle to keep afloat is all—when the quest is survival of a recognizable self. And sooner or later in anyone's life there's a choice which has to be made: to attain and then sink into comfort, or to continue the journey, seeking freedom from the strands trailing out of the dark distant past, binding and confining, seeking what joy there is in life, on the path of becoming an Elder.
Lilly Barnes is the author of A Hero Travels Light, a book of interrelated short stories published in 1986, and of the novel Mara, published in 2010. She is also the author of five books for children. She was a freelance Arts Journalist for the cbc for many years, as well as senior script writer for the children's television show Mr. Dressup for which she received the 2007 Gemini Award: the Margaret Collier Award for writing, for Outstanding Body of Work. Lilly was married to the late Canadian composer Milton Barnes and has two sons, Micah and Daniel, both musicians. The Literary/Musical event "Jazz for Mara" was based on Lilly's novel, with original music composed by Daniel and lyrics by Micah, and was performed by all three, accompanied by Daniel's band. Lilly is now working on a play entitled "Maximum Security." She lives in downtown Toronto, in an old house full of stories and music.Author City: TORONTO, ON CAN