Vicki Drybrough was surprised to find out one of her short stories

Alberni author’s words on fire

Books: | Alberni resident Vicki Drybrough’s short story has been chosen for Stuart McLean’s next Vinyl Café book.

What makes a writer jubilant? For author Vicki Drybrough of Port Alberni, it’s being published.

For a writer, seeing her/his words in print is thrilling; Drybrough is no exception. She sent one of her short stories, Macaroni & Cheese, to CBC’s Vinyl Café radio show in 2010, but she didn’t hear back from anyone.

Months later, in 2011, someone from CBC contacted her to let her know her story was going to be read on the air. When she listened in, the realization hit that Stuart McLean, a professional storyteller, was reading her story on air.

That was it, she thought, still basking in the excitement. But in 2012, she received a letter from the Vinyl Café asking permission to publish her story in their book if chosen.

Now, it’s done. The book Time Now for the Vinyl Café Story Exchange is published and her short story—as well as few others from Vancouver Island writers—is now available to readers.

Once a reader gets past the surface of Drybrough’s story, they will realize Macaroni & Cheese has nothing to do with the popular pasta dish: it is about a true relationship between a dad and his daughter.

Drybrough has been writing since her youth. She has had small pieces published in literary magazines in the past. After retiring from teaching, she took a course with Derek Hanebury in Creative Writing at North Island College.

The result is more writing and also—with fellow Port Albernians—the creation of a writers’ group, Words on Fire, that meets at Char’s Landing on the last Wednesday of every month.

Drybrough is pretty proud of her group and of their meeting place and its unique acoustics. Writers’ guests who come for a reading or a talk are red with envy, Drybrough says with a big smile.

There is a surprising amount of writers in the Valley and she hopes that, one day, we will all know of each other and form a strong supportive group. That’s a project that I hope will come to realization soon.

One project for the future that Drybrough holds dear to her heart is publishing a book, a compilation of her many short stories, maybe adorned with some of her poems. I look forward to reading this collection.

The next Words on Fire is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 27 at Char’s Landing, from 7–9 p.m. Admission is $5.

For more information on how to order Time Now for the Vinyl Café Story Exchange, please go online to www.vinylcafe.com.

Just Posted

San Group ups plans for mill, remanufacturing plant in Port Alberni

Company moves new mill site after public input

Crooner classics past and present in spotlight, courtesy of Ken Lavigne

Island tenor prepares for upcoming concert tour of Let Me Be Frank!

Port Alberni workers to honour Day of Mourning on April 28

Annual event honours workers who lost their lives on the job

Tseshaht First Nation athlete honoured with provincial sports award

Rain Thomas competes in three different sports

Alberni Valley firefighters pass the boot for Muscular Dystrophy

Annual fundraiser started in 1967 with Port Alberni Fire Department

VIDEO: Alberni Valley celebrates Easter weekend

Port Alberni children enjoy Easter egg hunts and spring activities

Pug life: B.C. town boasts waggish list of dog names

Freedom-of-information request lists most ‘pupular’ dog names registered in White Rock

VIDEO: Duncan-Nanaimo’s Funkanometry bow out of ‘World of Dance’ with ‘After Hours’ routine

Judges praised them as entertainers, and urged them to work a bit more on their dancing

VIDEO: Fish farming company launches $30-million vessel to treat salmon for sea lice in B.C. waters

Freshwater treatment an improvement but fish farms should be removed from sea, says conservationist

Singh says childhood abuse steeled him for scrutiny and stress of politics

He recounts the assaults for the first time in his book Love & Courage

Despite five extra weeks’ parental leave in Canada, dads still face stigma: survey

One reason people said dads don’t need leave is because they can just bond with their kids at weekend

Vintage bottles, magic cards, a 1969 Playboy: Quirky items found in historic B.C. buildings

Crews set aside some of the funkier pieces emerging from the construction rubble

PHOTOS: Inside the ‘shoe house’ in Northern B.C.

A rare look inside the famous Kitseguecla Lake Road shoe house, with a tour led by owner Toby Walsh

Thieves steal five of Seven Dwarves ornaments honouring B.C. couple’s late son

For the second time in a year, several garden ornaments stolen from Cloverdale family’s front garden

Most Read