Listen to Meghan Fandrich on CBC's On the Coast

Listen to Meghan Fandrich on CBC's On the Coast

By Malaika Aleba|Date: September 18, 2023

Meghan Fandrich speaks with Gloria Macarenko about her new book 'Burning Sage' and what she remembers when a wildfire destroyed her town.

Listen to the interview here. 

You can also read the CBC News article here

From CBC News:  

Poet explores healing in new book following devastating wildfire in Lytton, B.C.

Meghan Fandrich was working in her coffee shop in Lytton, B.C., when another community member came running in to let them know the town was burning. 

There was no time to prepare.

"My employees and I, we just grabbed what we could, locked it up, thinking we'd be able to unlock the door again in a few days, and left. And that was the last time I saw it," she told On The Coast host Gloria Macarenko. 

That was on June 30, 2021, when a wildfire destroyed the village of Lytton after it experienced several days of extreme temperatures. The day before the fire, temperature records were set for three straight days, peaking at 49.6 C, breaking a Canadian record.

Now, Fandrich has released a book of poetry entitled Burning Sage: Poems from the Lytton Fire, which explores her healing journey from that moment until now. Read more