Episode 7: We Can't Stay Here

Have you ever been in a moment you didn’t want to leave? Have you ever clung on to the present because the future held something you were afraid of, or things unfinished in the past were coming back to find their resolution?


In these next two stories, a murder and a missing mother hold the key to the past - while a family, in their last act of defiance against a terminal illness, travel over 21 thousand km across the country. 

C.J. Papoutsis, author, Leandra     


Carolanne lives in a crooked old building on a crooked street near the ocean in Victoria, B.C. where she stares out the window at the sea waiting for brilliant stories and poems to smack her on the head.


Writing is Carolanne’s lifelong passion. From the time she was five, she made little books from cut-up paper and scribbled on the pages. Despite being held captive in the body of a Provincial Civil Servant for 35 years and a cancer skirmish, she has kept on writing “because it’s more fun than therapy.” She also designs and makes jewelry.


Her essays, short stories, mysteries and poetry have been published in Monday Magazine, Senior Living Magazine and two anthologies; Dropped Threads 2, Blood on the Holly, and online at Commuterlit.com.


Humour often creeps into Carolanne’s writing, “It’s unavoidable,” she says. “Funny situations stalk me and pounce at the least appropriate times.” She agrees with Oscar Wilde who said, “Life is too important to be taken seriously.”

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Performed by Jas Wong

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Jas Wong is a first generation Chinese Canadian studying English literature and business at the University of Victoria! She discovered her interest in the arts while grooving along to Disney princess movies in her living room as a toddler, and has been in love with performing ever since.

Select previous credits include Heather Duke in Heathers: the Musical (UVic DMTC), Forever Irene in Concord Floral (Theatre SKAM), and the Lady of Ridicule in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (Claremont Secondary). She also originated the roles of Kimmy in Crossing the Line and Arthur/Gronk in Tobin Stokes' miniplay for the Belfry SPARK Festival, Artellectuals.

Apart from performing, Jas is fervently passionate about POC representation in the media, salted caramel gelato, and roller skating in her basement. 


Follow her on Instagram @awkwardjas

Heather McLeod, author, And Here We GO


Heather McLeod writes mystery novels set in British Columbia, as well as creative non-fiction about grief, widowhood, parenting, and her "Plan B" life. 


A graduate of the University of Victoria’s creative writing and English literature programs, Heather’s writing has earned BC Arts Council Awards and scholarships. The manuscript for her first mystery novel, One for the Raven, made the top five shortlist for the Crime Writers of Canada’s 2019 Unhanged Arthur Award, for best unpublished first novel.


Heather hosts a work-in-progress book club for her current mystery novel, where she shares draft chapters. Group members read, give feedback and discuss the story as it’s written, to help make future drafts and the storyline even better. They also brainstorm title ideas, how best to commit (fictional) crimes, and much more. New members are always welcome.


Heather’s goal is to introduce mystery readers to British Columbia culture, as Louise Penny has done for Quebec. Heather is seeking the right agent and publisher to help her achieve this goal.


With the exception of her son, Heather’s life changed completely following her husband’s death on September 20, 2017. To read the rest of the story, click Heather’s photograph.

Follow her on Instagram @heatherwmcleod

Performed by Joy Emerson




Joy Emerson grew up performing in musical theatre and after high school trained in acting for film and television. Joy now lives and works in North Vancouver, unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh nations.


She is passionate about her career as a Registered Sign Language Interpreter, and utilizes her acting experience in her work everyday.