Meet Amanda Leduc, Writer-in-Residence Mabel Pugh Taylor 2022-23 – Daily News

Hamilton-based author Amanda Leduc is the 2022-23 Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence. (Photo by Trevor Cole).

Amanda Leduc remembers the impact of mentorship on her writing and now seeks to do the same for others.

Leduc is the new writer-in-residence for Mabel Pugh Taylor, which sees an established Canadian author mentor creative writers from the Hamilton community.

She says she is thrilled to work with all types of writers during her residency.

“It’s gratifying to be in a position where I can give back to the community and hopefully offer some good advice to writers just starting out or looking for someone to review their work,” she said. .

Leduc, disabled writer and author of the non-fiction book, Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability and Making Spacewho was shortlisted for a 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award and shortlisted for the 2020 Barbellion Prize. She is also the author of the novels The Miracles of Ordinary Men and more recently, The Centaur’s Wife. She has another novel set to debut in the spring of 2024, titled Wildlife, and is working on three other writing projects.

“I’m thrilled that this residency allows me to connect with local writers, as well as focus on my own writing projects,” she said. “It really is the best of both worlds.”

Leduc’s essays and stories have been published across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. She regularly lectures across North America on accessibility and the role of disability in storytelling.

She says the presentation of disability in storytelling, and its amplification by Hollywood, is in dire need of change. She cites children’s fairy tales to Marvel and Bond films as examples, where the villains often have a disfigurement or disability.

“This type of presentation sends a very clear message, certainly to people with disabilities themselves, that they have a life that no one would want if they had a choice,” she said. “What it does in our society on a larger scale is breed an aversion to disability and the pursuit of the physical construction of a world that was not built for those with a disability.

“What I want to do is change thinking and perception so that everyone realizes that we have a lot of power over how we structure the world around us.”

Born in British Columbia and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Leduc has also lived in England and Scotland. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of St. Andrews.

Leduc has cerebral palsy and lives in Hamilton. She lives with a very lovable and very destructive dog and is the communications and development coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Canada’s premier festival for diverse authors and stories.

She says her hometown influenced her writing, albeit indirectly.

“I tend to write weird, speculative fiction, so I haven’t staged a novel in Hamilton yet,” she said. “However, the interplay of the natural and human worlds, especially when thinking about the beauty of the city juxtaposed with its industrial roots, has definitely come to my work.”

The Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer in Residence program is run by the Department of English and Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University in partnership with the McMaster University Library and the Hamilton Public Library. He is supported by the Taylor family.

Opening hours: September to December 2022

Virtual by appointment
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fridays at McMaster University
In person by appointment
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Email [email protected] to schedule an appointment

Opening hours: January to April 2023

Virtual by appointment
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fridays at the Hamilton Public Library
In person by appointment
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Email [email protected] to schedule an appointment

Writer-in-Residence Launch Event

A reception celebrating this year’s two writers will be held on Thursday, September 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.e Central Library Floor, 55 York Blvd., Hamilton. Amanda Leduc, Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence 2022-23, will be at the event to meet with members of the community. A special video message from Kateryna Babkina, the 2022-23 International Writer in E-Residence will also be shared. This event is open to the general public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

Virtual workshops: fall 2022 and winter 2023

Leduc plans to host two virtual workshops during his residency, including one in the fall and another in the winter. Details will be shared on the McMaster University Library website and the Hamilton Public Library website as they become available.

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