Writer in Residence

Meet Annette Pateman, Writer in Residence with the Thunder Bay Public Library

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Find Annette's written works on our catalogue here!


Join us online for these upcoming events!

Head to TBPL's Facebook and YouTube pages to watch all of TBPL's past videos!

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, September 16, 2021
The theme for this event is "Nature and the Environment". Annette will share poems and short stories written during her time as Writer in Residence.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
An overview of all of the work of the Writer in Residence to date
- folklore, hair and identity, fairy tales, readings of created works with a variety of  themes.

Past Presentations and Feature Articles:

Click the image of the event to watch/read all about it!

Nature (September 2021)



Fairy Tales (August 2021)


Chapter 8 of the Novel in a Day ('The Dark', Blue Version) (August 2021)


Hair and Identity (July 2021)


Come Play with Me Digital Theatre Event (July 2021)


Bayview Magazine profile of Annette Pateman (June 2021)




Anancy Stories and Folklore (May 2021)



Creative Non-Fiction Event (May 2021)




Appearance on "The National" (March 2021)

CBC News | The National


Caribbean and African Multicultural Association Thunder Bay: Black Women in Business (February 2021) 


Gizzard Media - Speak Your Future 2021 (February 2021)



Anancy and the Turtle Book Launch (February 2021)

Anancy and the Turtle: Thunder Bay author shares popular African folktale  in new children's book | CBC News

Harbourfront Readings - Northern Ontario Diaries (January 2021)


Spectrum - Book Launch and Reading (May 2020)local-author-readings-may-2020



CBC News Article (June 2020)



TBPL Writer in Residence Recommends:


Available in our print catalogue:

ace-of-spades   boy-snow-bird   island-queen   the-other-black-girl   the-vanishing-half   parable


Available on cloudLibrary only:

black-water-sister     disability-visability   hood-feminism   somebody   the-gospel-of-breaking   kindred   wild-seed



The writer in residence program is funded by:


Background - Media Release

Friday, March 19, 2021  ---- The Thunder Bay Public Library is pleased to announce that we have a new Writer in Residence!  Annette Pateman will begin working with the Library as our Writer in Residence in May for approximately six months.   Annette received funding from the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) to be the Writer in Residence at TBPL and we are grateful to the OAC for their support.
This is the United Nations Decade of People of African Descent 2015-2024. The residency will be part of this and also reflect this. Annette's focus will be producing writing on Black identity and culture with elements of African and Caribbean folklore.   She will also offer author readings and participate in other special events during her residency.

The COVID19 pandemic will mean that some or all of the work may take place online.
TBPL welcomes Annette Pateman, published author of several books, including her latest, titled Anancy and the Turtle.
This project is fully funded by the Ontario Arts Council.