SYLVIE HILL is a WRITER, POET and EDUCATOR who turns ideas into opportunities.
:: Passion for provocative authors becomes a university Continuing Education course :: Fierce appreciation for a band inspires a magazine article that sells albums :: An adventure abroad is translated into a book of poetry and art!
This website features news and updates about Sylvie’s arts, culture and education projects.
| Professor, Continuing Education
Relentless in her pursuit for answers, and always curious, Sylvie thinks up novel literary courses to share with inquiring minds!
Why is James Joyce’s Ulysses so hard to read? And why are people consuming 50 Shades when Lady Chatterley is a steamier read? Finally, can women really “use” a man for artistic inspiration — didn’t Edith Piaf?
She began in 2012 to teach her workshops on James Joyce: Epic Journey – How to enjoy reading Ulysses, Tales of Female Betrayals, Women Who (M)use Men: Fated Attractions and Ces Chansons Qui Ne Nous Quittent Pas: Piaf, Brel and Gainsbourg at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Continuing Education, Personal Enrichment Activities Program.
Introduction to James Joyce and his book, Ulysses.
How to Enjoy Reading James Joyce’s Ulysses
In-depth analysis of Ulysses and the author’s intent.
Mastering a Masterpiece: The artistry of James Joyce’s Ulysses
Exploration of eight women who fled their marriages (in creative and tragic ways).
“Tales of Female Betrayals: 8 stories of wives, unsatisfied”
June 2016: Sylvie gave a two-hour workshop on James Joyce’s Ulysses at McGill as part of Bloomsday Montreal (June 14)
| Music/Culture Reviewer
Sylvie Hill is known around Ottawa-Gatineau (Canada) for writing “Shotgun,” a hip and hilarious column (2004-2006) in The Ottawa XPress, an arts and entertainment weekly for Canada’s Capital City (and for Montreal’s sister paper, hour.ca). (NOTE: now defunct, the Ottawa XPress site was hacked and does not represent the original site.) She also contributed articles on music, books and arts for the paper, and feature pieces and a column called Charger for Guerilla Magazine, an edgy/eclectic arts & culture quarterly.
She was a part of Four Culture Magazine, writing about England’s dark disco, indie and alt-country music and Canadian/Spain street artist, Juan Carlos Noria. Add to that, one of her favourite American musician and artists – Joseph Arthur. She wrote about UK alt-electronic tunes in Sound Of Confusion Music Blog and for Vader Evader. Today, she continues networking bands through Twitter, helping connect musicians through writing to opportunities, and fans to albums.
| Spoken-word poet
London, UK Artist/Musician Ashley Reaks and Sylvie collaborated on a track of her spoken-word poem, “The Gentle Art of Ignoring.” Have a listen – it’s off his upcoming album, “Growth Spurts” featuring some fantastic stuff like this.
Another successful arts entrepreneurial project, Sylvie crowd-funded $6,233 through Kickstarter in 2014/15 for a new collection of provocative poetry/art called Russell Square Station: Mine the trash (2015) about a fated reunion in London, UK with a bombastic British Muse from her first book.
Russell Square Station is a follow-up to Sylvie’s first book of spoken-word poetry called Hoxton Square Circles: Starfucking Tales of Sexless One-night Stands. Her 2001 book launch was made into a video documentary.
You can read her latest, unpublished works here. Stay tuned for her piece “The Gentle Art of Ignoring” to be set to music by London, UK’s Ashley Reaks. Hill also plays guitar and writes songs. London, UK’s Photostat Machine re-did her tune “Protection,” and she contribute vocals to their “Periphérique.”
| TV Host
Sylvie was the Host for Season 2 of the Canadian national romantic & literary television dating series, The Letters: Rediscovering the Art of Courtship by Ottawa’s GAPC for CHUM Television. It aired on Book TV, Canadian Learning Television (CLT), Access Alberta and on BRAVO! Canada. Watch it here.
She has emceed popular and high-profile events, including Westfest Festival for Music, Art & Life, Mustaches for Kids through Make A Wish Foundation and Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary Celebration & 9th Annual Write For Rights (2011).
She returned June 2014 to help host Westfest, alongside CBC superstars!
Sylvie was the Curator for WESTFEST Lit – Adults Only! A sold-out affair featuring five wonderful local and Montreal literary performers!