2003- Summer of Transition
We have now left Vancouver (with many regrets) and are now back
in the UK. We are maintaining a low profile edition of the magazine
but a small number of submissions are welcome from time to time.
It has been quite an adventure so far, Hacks has archived over 1900
articles since late 1999 and around 500 writers have been involved.
Some like Colin Todhunter have gone on to success, (his volume of
articles published in India have been received very well there and
you can buy the second edition here.)
Mandy Mand is putting together a volume of all her articles on Japan
for publication and former writers such as Hazel Marshall and Rosemary
North have gone on to publishing success. Rosemarys childrens
books have sold out first editions and Hazels first novel
(more about it nearer the time) will come out in January 04.
There are more successes. Carine Thomas, long our co-publisher,
just had her first solo photographic exhibition in Vancouver (Urban
Wild) and I was lucky enough to have my own solo show at The
Ironworks all of May (Out of Season). Thanks to Vancouver for
turning out to see it and to Astrid Sars and Cal Drysdale for hosting
Photo: West Side Notices on Bute Street. (Find the apartment
of your choice)SN
Vancouver has been very good to us at Hackwriters and we have made some
wonderful friends here. Actors, writers, producers, photographers, it
has been a pleasure to meet them and work with them. Both Carine myself
already miss the city and them a great deal and the incredible sense of
ambition and genuine talent that so many people have here to succeed.
We also wish the best to Heather Neale, one of our regular contributors
who has been suffering a great deal of pain with meningitis and wish her
speedy recovery. Heather is a young woman with great potential and I look
forward to her coming back to full strength very soon.
I might add that our regular reviewer Alex Grant is suffering too after
being run over recently. I hope he recovers soon. Bravely he has sent
us four reviews this month from his sick bed.
If you are planning to visit this city soon, here's a handy guide to Vancouver
by the by. It's a great place to visit with the family or as a couple.
Kelowna Mosaic Photo: Sam North
More images of BC here
and I have been upcountry in June taking photos in the mountains
and vineyards of BC. We had a lucky break with the weather and swimming
in lakes whilst the outside temp is 33degrees centigrade is fine
by me. Of course once you escape the confines of Kamloops and Kelowna
it does become somewhat difficult to obtain a latte and the absence
of coffee shops in the mountains is something that needs serious
attention (Only kidding). Kamloops, like most towns in the interior
of BC is on a vast lake and has spent a lot of money reviving the
old part of town. You can find some pretty interesting restaurants
on the high street (such as Rics - very urban with a good wine list).
Kelowna is the city that got big.
It's now the 'conference/resort' city of BC and the new civic buildings
are pretty good with adventurous designs, but allowing all the strip
malls out of town has somewhat ripped the guts out of the city and
that is a great pity. If you are planning a vacation in BC the road
trip up the Fraser River Canyon is a must however. Pretty damn spectacular
views, lakes, mountains and good roads. The trip from Kelowna to
the US Border at Osoyoos is a great adventure as well. Going by
way of Penticton and Peachland and the wine growing area of Oliver
you would be astonished at just how long and wide these lakes are.
More importantly you'll be thinking how reasonable the cost of land
and houses are too. Food for thought.
This summer Hackwriters:
Features on Sichuan, Bangladesh & Chennai ,Seoul,Taiwan and Vancouver,
Boston, Baltimore and Chicago. Reviews from Alex Grant, Memories of the
sixties from Jeffrey Beyl who was there in the thick of it, political
comment from James Campion, James Skinner and JT Brown in Japan. Oh yes,
the latest series of articles from Tabytha who has just been to Cape Town
in now on-line. Missed something, then look at our previous months. It
is all archived.
© Sam North July 1st 2003
June: Saying Goodbye
DYSTOPIA OUR FUTURE?
TIME IN THE CITY
Forget your troubles - April
Oscars have a message
FOR WAR February
Renting in Kits
Escape to the UK
MANY MOVIES- IT'S AN AVALANCHE OF CULTURE
you seeing at the movies?
REALLY IS A FUN CITY
'The city where everyone gets to live a millionaire lifestyle'
SECTION 9 in the N.Y. Sunday Times
A cornucopia - October
The Kids stay in the picture- August
PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES
Hacks visits the new Museum of Glass in Tacoma- August
Hot Sweats in a Cold
Read at the Anza Club- August
LIFE ON FAST FORWARD - Vancouver
on speed -September
SUPERNOVA NINA & ROAD
SweetSista'Shorts Carousel Theatre- Granville Island
- Off Fringe
ROUNDHOUSE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY.
Arts in the Community is for real -
WE ARE ALL GURUS NOW - September
Time to enrol
Vancouver Film Festival Trade Show report
Carine Thomas -web design
Carine Thomas 'Urban Wild'