Naked Under My Coat - Writing Under the Influence of Parkinson's is a collection of poems and short stories written during the onset and format diagnosis of Jocelyn Burgener's Parkinson's disease in 2003. Using pieces of her life, both real and imagined, Jocelyn tells the story of finding her voice, even as the disease restricts her ability to journal, speak, and pray. From physics to infidelity, to the edges of fear, faith and love, Naked Under My Coat exposes her vulnerability and insight in the face of her challenging new reality.
About the Author
Raised in Toronto, Jocelyn Burgener majored in theatre and writing, and graduated from the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson University. She was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in Calgary Currie, where she served from 1993 to 2001. Jocelyn established Segue Consulting International Ltd. in 2001, specializing in policy development and implementation through strategic communication. With clients in both the public and private sectors, she co-authored Calgary's Civic Arts Policy. She has been a frequent contributor to Culinaire, a food and beverage magazine based in Calgary, where she lived since 1976. In 2014, Jocelyn relocated to Dundas, Ontario. Naked Under My Coat - Writing Under the Influence of Parkinson’s is Jocelyn's first book.
Naked Under My Coat's book launch was held on June 10th at Loft 112, Calgary's newest creative/literary space, located in the East Village's Orange Lofts Building. Find out more about Loft 112 in this blog post by Calgary Is Awesome.
UPCOMING BOOK READINGS by the author
November 18th: Hamilton Public Library, Dundas Branch
Saturday, November 22nd:
Parkinson's Support Group - Hamilton Chapter
Jocelyn will be speaking about her experience writing her book to the Parkinson's Support Group - Hamilton Chapter. The group holds two meetings each month, on 2nd and 4th Saturday (September-June), and is part of the the regional district of Parkinson Society Central and Northern Ontario.
Check back again for updates to Jocelyn's reading schedule. Take a look here for pictures from past readings.
This autumn, Jocelyn will be taking part in the Hamilton City Ballet's "Dance for Parkinson's" classes in Dundas. She previously participated in a similar program, "Dancing Parkinson's," offered through Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary.
The inspiration for this program came from watching “English National Ballet: Helping people with Parkinson’s through the art of dance” posted on dancechanneltv.com. This brief video captured dance students' participation, confidence and joy as they danced to live music, learned the characters and dances from the company’s Romeo & Juliet, and watched rehearsals. Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s artistic faculty had the pleasure of attending the “Dance for PD Training Workshop” with the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG). MMDG is the company responsible for pioneering this initiative and training future schools and companies. Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s is modeled after the English National Ballet’s direction. Classes are based on the full length ballet that is currently being staged and will reflect the storyline and choreography.
Classes are FREE for the Fall 2014 Season, thanks to support from researchers at
St. Paul’s United Church - Gymnasium
29 Park Street West, Dundas, ON
Program Manager: Jody White
Buy Naked Under My Coat
Naked Under My Coat is in the Local Authors section at Shelf Life Books in Calgary, Alberta!
Naked Under My Coat was published by Friesen Press in June 2014.