Shauntay Grant is a writer and storyteller from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University, and as Halifax's third Poet Laureate she organized Canada's first national gathering of Canadian Poets Laureate. (click here to read more)
NS Public Libraries Summer Tour
Africville now available for pre-order
When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she’s heard from her family come to mind. She imagines what the community was once like —the brightly painted houses nestled into the hillside, the field where boys played football, the pond where all the kids went rafting, the bountiful fishing, the huge bonfires.
Africville was a vibrant Black community for more than 150 years. But even though its residents paid municipal taxes, they lived without running water, sewers, paved roads and police, fire-truck and ambulance services. In the 1960s, city officials decided to demolish the community, moving people out in city dump trucks and relocating them in public housing. Today, Africville has been replaced by a park, where former residents and their families gather each summer to remember their community.
The Bridge set to premiere in 2019
Photo: Richard Chevolleau and Emerjade Simms. Photo by Stoo Metz Photography
Shauntay has been developing the play as Playwright-In-Residence at 2b theatre.
The 2019 premiere is a co-production between 2b and Neptune in association with Obsidian Theatre.
Ticket packs and subscriptions are on sale now; click here for details.
The Walking Bathroom book launch
The Bridge: a work-in-progress showing
February 7, 2016 – 2b theatre presents a work-in-progress showing of The Bridge, a new play in development by Shauntay Grant. Click here for more details.
Shauntay Grant announced as 2b playwright-in-residence
Stitched Stories: The Family Quilts
Stitched Stories: The Family Quilts opens Thursday Sept 1 at 7PM at the Dalhousie Art Gallery (6101 University Ave., Halifax, Nova Scotia). The exhibition will be on display at the gallery until November 27.
Curated by Shauntay Grant, the exhibition features a handful of quilts selected by Grant from the heritage holdings of her family, prominently those of her grandmother, the Reverend Alfreda Smith. Grant’s own creative response to the quilts – and equally, the stories they keep – will produce a new ‘poetic patchwork’ developing inside the Gallery over the course of the exhibit.
Click here to read a Metro News article about the exhibit and to view some of the work on display.