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Wordfest presents Clem and Olivier Martini

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Calgary, Alberta T2R 0W5

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In a follow-up to their award-winning book Bitter Medicine, brothers Clem and Olivier Martini continue the story of their family’s journey through mental illness, dementia, caregiving, and the health-care system. Join us in the Wordfest Engagement Lab for a presentation of The Unravelling, a poignant graphic narrative from visual artist Olivier Martini accompanied by text from his brother, award-winning playwright and novelist Clem Martini. Hosted by CBC Calgary's Jennifer Keene.

About The Unravelling by Clem and Olivier Martini

Olivier Martini and his mother, Catherine, have lived together since he was diagnosed with schizophrenia thirty-six years ago. It hasn’t always been a perfect living situation, but it’s worked — Catherine has helped Olivier through the ups and downs of living with a mental illness, and Olivier has cared for his aging mother as her mobility becomes limited. Olivier’s brothers Clem and Nic have provided support to both as well. But then Olivier experiences a health crisis at the exact same time that his mother starts slipping into dementia — and everything they’ve so carefully built is about to come apart.

About the Authors

Olivier Martini’s sketches, paintings and prints have been displayed at the Marion McGrath Gallery and Studio Three Gallery, published in Alberta Views magazine, and were included as part of the Canadian Mental Health’s Copernicus Project. His first book, Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness, a collaboration with his brother Clem, won the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.

Clem Martini is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He has over thirty plays and ten books of fiction and non-fiction to his credit, including the popular young adult trilogy, The Crow Chronicles. His texts on playwriting, The Blunt Playwright, The Greek Playwright and The Ancient Comedians are used in universities and colleges across the country. He teaches in the department of drama at the University of Calgary.

Host Jennifer Keene

Jennifer has worked for the CBC for 15 years - starting in her hometown of Edmonton. She studied English literature and drama at Universities in Alberta and Toronto, before joining CBC Radio as a theatre critic. That turned into a career as an arts reporter and now, the Senior Producer of the Calgary Eyeopener. She's impressed by the enthusiastic community spirit of Calgary, owns a cowboy hat, but still harbours a secret love for the Oilers.

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