Vicki Drybrough’s work was first published in her local newspaper when she was fourteen. She didn’t submit another piece until 2008, when Shipwrecked received an honourable mention from the Burnaby Writers’ Society. In 2010 her poem, Ermest and Martha and a short story, The Little Lion were both published in the summer edition of Island Writer Magazine. Stuart McLean read her short story Macaroni and Cheese, on CBC Radio in October 2011 and published it in his book, Time Now for the Vinyl Café Story Exchange in 2013. David Fraser included her short prose piece, First Impressions and a poem, Quitting Time in Franklin River in his 2011 anthology, Close to Quitting Time. She won second prize for her flash fiction piece, Beer Cans in 2013 and her poem, Get Thee Gone, Romeo appeared in the anthology, What We Carry Home. In 2014, Mark Forsyth included two of her articles, My Mother’s War and A Boy Soldier’s Diary in his book, From the West Coast to the Western Front. She was also a finalist in the 2016 Cedric Literary Awards for her story, Access Road. In 2018 her story, Mr. Wardrop, won second prize in the Victoria Writers’ Society’s short fiction contest and appeared in the winter edition of Island Writer Magazine. She is a founding member of Words on Fire and has read at The Fat Oyster, Wordstorm and 15 Minutes of Infamy. She is currently working on her first novel.
Both Sides Now
Release Date: March 24, 2020
Both Sides Now is a thought-provoking collection of short stories by Vancouver Island writers Derek Hanebury, Vicki Drybrough, and Libbie Morin. Ranging in time from the 1950s to the present, these stories will draw the reader in to the world of a boy and his younger brother who struggle to find the perfect gift for their ailing grandfather, a troubled veteran who tries to escape the past by settling in a small community, and a young girl who goes to the circus alone and encounters more than she imagined. From beginning to end, you will enjoy stories that are crafted with empathy and insight to give the reader a satisfying experience.
Praise for Both Sides Now
"This is a rich varied set of stories. It offers a wide pallet of narrative styles and situations to carry readers more deeply into thoughtful consideration of the world." - Peter Mcguire, Author of The Art of Twelve
"If you are wanting to read a book full of diverse subject matter, incredibly detailed settings and interesting characters, then you will appreciate this compilation as much as I did." - Laura Sturgeon, Author of The Big Ugly Sweater
"A kaleidoscope of human stories, from a little girl alone with a potential predator to a hilarious, disastrous camping trip, from prejudice to compassion, love and friendship to fear and loss." - Shelley Penner
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