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Episode Two: When Missing

With a deceased cat and a salmon run as our chaperones, these two short stories give us a glimpse into the nature of loss and of the relationships that help us through it.  

Julie Paul, author, Crossing Over


Julie Paul is the author of three short fiction collections, The Jealousy Bone (Emdash, 2008), The Pull of the Moon (Touchwood / Brindle & Glass, 2014), and Meteorites (Touchwood, 2019), as well as the poetry collection The Rules of the Kingdom (MQUP, 2017).

The Pull of the Moon won the Victoria Butler Book Prize, and The Rules of the Kingdom was a finalist for both the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her personal essay “It Not Only Rises, It Shines” won the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Award from The New Quarterly and her short story “The Expansion” won The Rusty Toque’s Chapbook Award. Her work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies across North


Julie has served on the fiction board of The Malahat Review, was co-artistic director of the Victoria Writers Festival (2012-14) and is a strong supporter of the literary community in Canada. She lives in Victoria BC, where, in addition to writing and teaching a variety of writing classes, she works as a Registered Massage Therapist and has just started a new business, Local Artisan Boxes.

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Performed by Mark Mullan


Mark Mullan was born and raised in the greater Vancouver area.

Having acted for stage and screen as a teenager, his passion for performing has never waned. He and his wife Jennifer have four children together, and with the increasing amount of free time afforded to one as their children grows older he hopes to become more involved with the performing arts. In addition to acting Mark also enjoys writing, singing, songwriting, improv and comedy.

Jim Bottomley, author, Running with Salmon


Jim Bottomley is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur who loves to hike in nature, and can be found on local trails working outdoors. Fellow members of the Sooke Writers’ Collective inspired Jim to write a short story reflecting the natural beauty, history and people of Vancouver Island. The result, Running with Salmon was a finalist for the 2018 Federation of BC Writers’ Short Fiction contest. A graduate of the Humber School of Writers, Jim collaborates with musicians to write songs. He’s also a traveller, taking one year off to backpack the world. Jim’s career is uncommon; a futurist and professional speaker for audiences totalling 270,000, he’s helped individuals and organizations develop innovative plans for future success. Jim’s novel Hypnotizing Lions, a finalist for the 2019 Unhanged Arthur, an Arthur Ellis Award for best unpublished Canadian mystery manuscript, will be published in 2021. In the novel, charged with a murder he can’t remember, Dan Harkness must battle delusions inspired from his hypnotherapy sessions, and may have to lead a breakout from their maximum-security psychiatric facility in order to prove his innocence.


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Performed by Derek Peach


Derek has been a teacher and traveler for more than 50 of his 70+ years and has recorded his life’s experiences in poetry and prose along the way. Now in transition from teacher to writer, he draws on all of those times for current work.

After a classroom career from Ontario to BC, Peru, Australia and Africa and from primary grades to university, Derek finally retired to do some serious travelling and writing. With six books of prose and poetry to his credit, he continues to derive inspiration and instruction from his association with the Victoria Writers’ Society.

He continues to experiment with verse and essays in his retirement in Victoria where the greatest problems in his life are politicians and learning to live with a cat, only one of which seems at all inclined to training.