Heather Spears – Reena Virk Trials

Heather Spears – “Reena Virk Trials”

Image credit: Heather Spears

Canadian writer and artist Heather Spears was educated at the University of British Columbia, The Vancouver School of Art and the University of Copenhagen. She is divorced and has four children.  Having lived in Denmark since 1962, Spears has held over 75 solo exhibitions and published 11 collections of poetry and 3 novels of speculative fiction (1991-96), including the Moonfall Trilogy.  The Flourish, a novel of crime fiction and the family, came out in Canada and was republished in Europe as A Muted VoiceThe Creative Eye is the first of a series on visual perception.

Spears has also published books of drawings: Drawn from the FireMassacre, and Line by LineDrawings from the NewbornThe Panum Poems, and Required Reading contain both poems and full-page drawings. Her latest collection of poetry, I can still draw, was shortlisted for the Lowther Memorial Award. She has illustrated numerous books and articles; and also draws courtroom, dance, theatre and childbirth. Specialising in drawing children, in particular premature and other threatened infants, she travels widely and has drawn in hospitals in the Middle East, Europe and America.

The Heather Spears archive is housed at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and is available for use by researchers and others interested.   In collaboration with the Rare Books and Special Collections, Heather Spears gave a special read from her newly published book of poems, Required Reading: A Witness in Words and Drawings to the Reena Virk Trials, 1998-2000 on June 24, 2010.  To view the webcast, please find here.

Following the exhibition, Spears’s drawings were added to the the Heather Spears fonds at UBC Rare Books and Special Collections at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.  Her work includes drawings from other trials, writers’ festivals, music festivals and more.

To see more photos of this exhibition, please find here.

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