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Reading

Sidney Reading Series – Susan Musgrave & Mary Novik

Out to Sidney on a wet Friday night to take in one of the Sidney Reading Series events at the Red Brick Cafe on Beacon Avenue.  Writer MAC Farrant hosted the event with readings from Vancouver novelist Mary Novik and Susan Musgrave, best known as a poet but who is also a novelist, essayist and columnist. Musgrave, a long time resident of the greater Victoria area now spends much of  her time in Haida Gwaii.

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Books for sale from both writers

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MC and writer MAC Farrant

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Mary Novik

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Susan Musgrave

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Book Launch

The Al Purdy A-Frame Anthology Book Launch & Fundraiser In Victoria

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Harbour Publishing will hold a book launch and a fund raiser at the Community Arts Council Gallery of Greater Victoria (1001 Douglas Street) on Friday November 27 at 7PM for the Al Purdy A-Frame Anthology, edited by Paul Vermeersch. Victoria’s Poet Laureate Linda Rogers will host the event and poets Susan Stenson, Peter Trower and Len Gasparini will read poems and reminiscences from the anthology. The event, and others like it across Canada, will help raise funds to preserve the late Al Purdy’s A-frame house as retreat for writers.

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Festival

Photos from the 6th Annual Poetry Gabriola Festival

With the title of Malcolm Lowry’s posthumously published novel October Ferry To Gabriola in my head (even though it’s November) I boarded the ferry in Nanaimo to head over an check out the 6th Annual Poetry Gabriola Festival at the Surf Lodge. I had a great time, saw a few familiar faces and met a lot of new people. Artistic Director Hilary Peach and her crew are doing a great job with this island festival. I saw a great group performance, learned a little about haiku, heard an imromptu ukele and voice duet, was read to and listened to an amazing panel discussion.  The only downside was having to leave before Saturday’s evening events including an show featuring Christian Bök, Alexis O’Hara and Paul Dutton which would have been amazing I’m sure.

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Artwork  featured on the festival poster and program is by Sheila Norgate

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Festival Artistic Director (and performer) Hilary Peach

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Hilary Peach and Production Deputy/Publicist Kathy McIntyre contemplate the day ahead

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Members of the Easy Writers group practice the finale of their One Sweet Ride show

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The lighting director checks out the stage action

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Lunch in the Surf pub

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Antony Holland in the Surf pub, he was performing Sunday

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Christian Bök grabs a few moments of internet time in the Surf pub

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Books and Cd’s on sale

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Checking out the merchandise

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Introducing Winona Baker and Naomi Beth Waken for a presentation on Haiku and Tanka

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Hilary with volunteers

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An impromtu ukele and voice duet

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Festival photographer Victor Anthony shoots a portrait of poet Naomi Beth Wakan

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Poet and psychotherapist Drek Daa arrives at the Surf Lodge

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(L-R) Alexis o’Hara, Evalyn Parry, Sheila Norgate and Hilary Peach at the Self-Scripted Women event

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Poet K. Louise Vincent reads

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Vancouver Island poet and novelist Marilyn Bowering reads

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Montreal’s Alexis O’Hara sets up for her evening show with Christian Bök and Paul Dutton