THE SHOE PROJECT
For the second year, novelist Katherine Govier is helping women newcomers to Canada polish their writing skills in English - along with their shoes. "The Shoe Project" came about because of the interest of Bata Shoe Museum Elizabeth Semmelhack in presenting immigration stories, and the enthusiasm of a private sponsor.
In the fall of 2012 Katherine met with fourteen women between thirty and forty from Nigeria, Panama, Pakistan, Afghanistan and many other parts of the world. They began with a visit to the rich storage vaults of the Bata Shoe Museum and a lecture by Elizabeth about the cultural significance of shoes. Katherine asked participants to write about shoes for special occasions. Over tea and cookies, the group discussed footwear funeral traditions in Turkey, the red mud of Africa, and the uncomfortable high heels required for job interviews. Extraordinary shoes, and ordinary ones too, are made significant by the stories their owners attach to them.
Click here to see the first set of essays from "The Shoe Project": Session One - Stories 1-12"
Click here to see the second set of essays from "The Shoe Project": Session Two - Stories 13-22"
"The Shoe Project" - Session Three - Table of Contents