Originally from the town of Asbestos, Pauline Michel is an author, playwright, actress, singer and teacher.
She received a bachelor of pedagogy from the Université de Sherbrooke, a Brevet A teacher's certificate from the École normale Marguerite Bourgeois, and a licence ès lettres modernes from Laval University. She has taken courses in dance, singing and theatre for several years.
She has been a secondary school teacher. She taught literature – in particular theatre and poetry – at the Cegep de Sherbrooke for four years and has led writing workshops at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
She was one of the four originators of the television series La maison de Ouimzie, produced by CINAR and sold in one hundred countries. She has written scripts for a number of broadcasts with Radio-Canada, Télé-Métropole, TV Ontario and Télé-Québec, where she also worked as an educational program expert. She has been a lyricist on the young people’s series Hello Moineau, which was broadcast in Quebec, France, Switzerland and North Africa.
She has published a number of books, including novels (Les yeux d’eau, Mirage, reedited by Lanctôt), poetry (L'oeil sauvage), a philosophical allegory (Le papillon de Vénus), songbooks (Hello Moineau, Voyez comme ils s’aiment, Le tour du monde) and children’s tales, including one for the series Passe-Partout. She has taken part in writing textbooks, including three books in the collection Systèmes published by Graficor. Her novellas and poems have also been published in anthologies by Humanitas, Arcade, Triptyque and Brèves littéraires.
Some of her work has been translated:
- L’assiette-à-tourmente : a novella translated into Chinese and published in a Chinese anthology of Québec authors.
- Les héritières d’Esther Blondin : a video with text translated into English and Spanish.
- Le tour du monde : some of the children’s songs have been translated into English by Nigel Spencer.
Winner of the “Québec en chansons” contest, she has gone on a number of “poetry and song” tours in Canada (Rencontre internationale de la francophonie, Les Francofolies de Montréal, Festival international de la littérature), in Africa and in France where she has given a number of recitals (Cirque d’Hiver, Relais Culturel de Wissembourg, cultural centres…) and has participated in a number of events (Quebec weeks, free radio celebrations, literary decades including the Atelier Imaginaire for three years). In 1984, she wrote a musical “Sors de ta cage” with music created by Roger Le Sourd and Philippe Bécaud - the son of Gilbert Bécaud. She presented and performed the musical at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris and in cultural centres throughout Quebec.
For five years, she wrote, produced and performed for children to give them a poetic and philosophical view of life. One journalist, Guylaine Fortin, called her the Ensorceleuse d’enfants (the bewitcher of children).
In the two years before her appointment, she wrote two plays: Au fil de l'autre (Duchesne Éditeur in 2004) and On perd la boule, for actress Angèle Coutu. She thus divided her time between teaching, writing and acting, and tried to break down the barriers between the various ages of life, which she feels are nothing but a shift in time through the various stages of existence.
Fascinated by communication, she has tried to explore many different forms and genres. She has won a number of prizes and awards:
Grant from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs
for the play: Farfelu ou les sens ensorceleurs.
She wrote the play and the lyrics (and spent two years touring primary schools).
Winner of the Québec en chansons contest.
Show at the Grand Théâtre de Québec with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec.
Adate à Production 89 PRIZE
La poupée abandonnée
Studio André Perry
Text and scenario by Pauline Michel
Bursary from the Canadian embassy in PARIS
For the tour Atelier imaginaire in south western France.
News and Events
27 October 2006
Pauline Michel Media Tour Toronto, 16 to 23
16 October 2006 CJOK 8:30a.m. - Interview, Meagan McKenny Show : Morning Line
93.1 FM 9:00a.m. interview - Barrie, Ont.; Producer/Host, Ken Day; Show: The New Chay
Rogers Television 10:30a.m. - Richmond Hill, Ont.; Producer, Jacqueline Betterton; Show: Daytime
17 October 2006
105.9 JACK FM 9:30a.m. - Orillia, Ont.; Producer: Heather Thompson; Show: Heather & Jack in the morning
Rogers Television 11:00a.m. - Oshawa, Ont.; Producer, Judi Calow; Show: Daytime
Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, 12:00a.m. - Toronto, Ont.; speech and launch
18 October 2006
98 The Beach FM 10:00 to 10:30a.m. - Port Elgin, Ont.; Host, John Divinski; Show: Sounding Board with John Divinski
CTV News 12:00a.m. - Kitchener, Ont.; Host, Nancy Richards; Noon News
meeting with Honourable James Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and his assistant Nanda Casucci-Byrne - 4:00 to 6:00p.m.
19 October 2006
Rogers Television 11:00a.m. - Mississauga, Ont.; Host, Jacqueline Paton; Show: Daytime
meeting with a group of Arts and Letters Club of Toronto; Margo Hunt, chair of the Poetry Group, Ljerka Susanna Lukic, Hildy Stollery - 1:00p.m.
20 October 2006
Toronto French school presentation to a group of 150 students - 9:40a.m. - Toronto, Ont.
Toronto French school presentation to a group of 350 students - 10:40a.m. - Toronto, Ont.; Kimberly Zanelli English Dean of Student Affairs
Official meeting with Jane Pitfield, City Councillor and mayoral candidate, Margo Hunt of Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and Caroline Lesley - 1:00 to 3:00p.m.
meeting with L. David St. C. Skene-Melvin, Royal Heraldry Society of Canada - 4:00p.m.
21 October 2006
Meeting with Anne and Carl Laurier, a descendant of Sir Wilfrid Laurier - 1:00 to 5:00p.m.
22 October 2006 Meeting with George and Nancy Kee, Parent Management Inc. - 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
27, October 2006
CKLQ FM - Interview - Brandon, Man.; Producer: John Armstrong; Host, Bill Turners; Show, Bill Turners Feedback
16 October 2006
Random Acts of Poetry (2 to 8 October) Pauline Michel performed on 4 October at Collège Durocher, where she met 36 students; on 6 October at Beaver Lake, where she read poetry to people passing by. In all, she read for 50 people, and gave out 50 copies of Funambule / Tightrope, the book of poems written in the first 10 months of her mandate as Parliamentary Poet Laureate.
18 September 2006
Pauline Michel participated in the Edmonton Poetry Festival which took place from 18 to 24 September www.edmontonpoetryfestival
21 August 2006
Eyes of Water, originally published in French as Les yeux d’eau, has now been published in English by Broken Jaw Press. It has been translated by Jonathan Kaplansky.
1 July 2006 Pauline Michel was invited by the festival organizers to participate in the Canada Day show on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
15 June 2006
Pauline Michel travelled to Europe to attend the "Marché de la poésie" in Paris and meet the United Kingdom’s Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, in London. During her trip she has promoted Canadian authors and their works.
9 June 2006
Pauline Michel attended the League of Canadian Poets Annual General Assembly in Ottawa where she introduced Margaret Atwood and participated in a round table about the role of poets laureate in Canada.
29 May 2006
Pauline Michel composed the poem "A Grove of Words" on the occasion of the reopening of the Library of Parliament heritage building.
4 April 2006
Pauline Michel attends the International Edible Book Festival (Books2Eat) in Montreal, where her novel Le papillon de Vénus is given a culinary interpretation by chef Yves Petit of the Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec.
1 April 2006
Pauline Michel, accompanied by musicians, presents her poem "Les femmes au milieu, les hommes autour" at the vernissage of the exhibition in Vaudreuil of works by Annouchka Gravel Galouchko and Stéphan Daigle entitled Célébrations.
26 March 2006
"Le credo du mutant," a poem by Pauline Michel, is part of Angèle Coutu’s poetry recital in Montreal, Le pain de chaque jour.
15 March 2006
Pauline Michel’s bilingual collection of short stories, Frissons d'enfants/Haunted Childhoods, is published by XYZ Éditeur (translation by Nigel Spencer).
9 March 2006
Pauline Michel is invited to appear in a documentary by Josh Massey on Canada’s poets.
7 February 2006
On 7 and 8 February, Pauline Michel participated in the 18th Annual Human Rights Consultations between Foreign Affairs Canada and Canadian non-governmental human rights organizations which took place in Gatineau.
5 December 2005
M’as-tu lu?, Télé-Québec, short clip on the mandate of the Parliamentary Poet Laureate.
23 November 2005 Pauline Michel presents prizes to Jean-Marc Desgent and Anne Compton during the Governor General’s Awards ceremony held at Rideau Hall.
18 November 2005 Pauline Michel becomes an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society during a ceremony held at the University of Ottawa, where she read her poetry in French and English.
14 to 17 November 2005
Series of radio and TV interviews in Toronto
23 October 2005 Poetry Hour at the Société d'histoire d'Asbestos
13 September 2005
Pauline Michel participates in an event organized by the Arts & Letters Club artsandlettersclub.ca
10 September 2005
Pauline Michel attends Camp Edgewood, Eden Mills, Ont., for the third Annual Saturday Seminar: "Writing the Book & Living the Life"
13 August 2005
Honouring Pauline Michel during Festiv'Elles - second edition of the Festival international des femmes de Montréal (FIFM)
12 August 2005 Voici la poète du parlement (CBC Radio annoucement)
25 May 2005
Participation in a posthumous homage to Janou St-Denis Solovox (Poster)
20 May 2005
Pauline Michel participates in World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
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