Hollyhock Presenters

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Our presenters are curated for their quality, depth, integrity, and alignment with our educational purpose. Since 1982, a distinguished faculty of authors, educators, activists, artists, performers, and practitioners have shared their work at our Cortes Island campus and in Vancouver.

People smiling at Activate 2023 Hollyhock Leadership Institute

Kathy Page

Kathy Page is the author of eight novels, including The Story of My Face, nominated for the (Orange) Women’s Prize; The Find, a ReLit finalist; Alphabet, a Governor General’s Award finalist; and Dear Evelyn, winner of the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Award for Fiction and the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. According to the TLS, “Page has laid bare the lives of her characters, making no claims as to their significance to anyone but each other, and in doing so has demonstrated that the ordinary is infinitely precious.” Her short story collections Paradise & Elsewhere and The Two of Us were each nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and her personal essays have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies including Best Canadian Essays 2023. Born in the UK, Kathy Page moved with her family to Salt Spring Island in British Columbia in 2001. She teaches part-time at Vancouver Island University.