Friday, January 11, 2019

Our January 2019 Spoken INK readers



For the first of our 2019 reading series, Spoken INK welcomes authors Cynthia Sharp and Sharon McInnes. Readings begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Burnaby Art Council's Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby. The Burnaby Writers' Society will host a critiquing workshop at the gallery prior to the readings (6:15 – 7:45 p.m.) and, as always, there will be Open Mic opportunities following the featured readings.


Cynthia Sharp is the author of Rainforest in Russet and The Light Bearers in the Sand Dollar Graviton. Her work has been published and broadcast internationally in journals such as CV2, Lantern Magazine and untethered, among others, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology. She is a full member of The League of Canadian Poets and the Greater Vancouver Regional Rep for The Federation of BC Writers. When not writing, she loves walking in nature.

 


Sharon McInnes is the author of Up Close & Personal: Confessions of a Backyard Birder, a compilation of columns written for The Flying Shingle when she lived on Gabriola Island from 2007 to 2018. She’s been a guest author for Bird Canada for 6 years and has had articles and essays published in various magazines and newspapers. Her personal essay, "The Formative Years", was included in Writing the West Coast: Artful Identities, by Key Publishing House in 2012. Across a Narrow Strait, Sharon’s first novel, was released in October 2018.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Our Guest Reader December 18



Ian Weir is a playwright, screenwriter, TV show runner, and novelist. His debut novel, Daniel O'Thunder, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, as well as the Canadian Authors Association Award for fiction, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the amazon.ca First Novel Award. His second novel, Will Starling, was longlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award and shortlisted for the Sunburst Award. He has won two Geminis, four Leos, a Jessie and a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award. He lives in Langley, BC.

8 p.m. at the Burnaby Arts Council's Deer Lake Gallery 6584 Deer Lake Avenue. Burnaby

Monday, November 26, 2018

New BWS contest deadline

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The Burnaby Writers’ Society 2018 Writing Contest:

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Because of the recent mail strike, the deadline for contest entries has been moved to January 20, 2019.

Lessons from Mom and Dad – share with us the sort of tale or talent you’d bring to school for a show and tell. We’re looking to hear all about some of the heartwarming, wacky and downright weird lessons that have shaped you and endured the test of time. The contest is open to all genres; we look forward to reading all the ways creative minds can play with the theme. Prizes are $200, $100 and $50, plus a year’s newsletter subscription/membership for honourable mention.

Please have your submissions in by January 20, 2019. Entries are to be one page in length and formatted in Calibri 12. The entry fee is $10 for 1 entry and $25 for 3 entries. Your name, email address or phone number should be clearly identified on the reverse side of your submission, not on the front. Please mail your entry along with a cheque to Burnaby Writers’ Society 6584 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby BC V5G 3T7.

For further clarification, please contact sheilagh_macdonald@shaw.ca.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

OUR NOVEMBER SPOKEN INK GUESTS


Keith Garebian, son of an Armenian father and Anglo-Indian mother, is an award-winning poet who lives in Mississauga, Ontario. He has published seven poetry collections to date, with his eighth, "Against Forgetting", to be published next September as part of Frontenac’s Quartet 2019. His new theatre book, William Hutt: Soldier Actor, from Guernica Editions has been hailed as the definitive biography of Hutt that also mirrors the development of Canadian theatre from the 1940s onward.




Jude Neale & Bonnie Nish



Jude Neale is a poet, writer, collaborator, mentor, educator and opera singer. She has been frequently published internationally and nationally.Among other awards she has been a finalist for The Pat Lowther Award, the Irish Gregory O’Donoghue Award, the Guernsey Award, which meant her poem travelled the Channel Islands for a year. Last year her fourth book was selected by SPM publications to be published in London. This latest collection, Cantata in Two Voices, was a book that was co-written with Bonnie Nish over the period of fifty feverish days. Her next project will be with Thomas RL Beckman and the Prince George Symphony in March.

Bonnie Nish is Executive Director of Pandora’s Collective Outreach Society. She has a Masters in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University and is pursuing a PhD in Language and Literacy Education at The University of British Columbia. Bonnie’s research examines how poetry and life writing can help those recovering from trauma. Bonnie’s book, Love and Bones was published in 2013 (Karma Press). Her book Concussion and Mild TBI: Not Just Another Headline was published by Lash and Associates in 2016. Ekstasis Editions released her next book of poetry Cantata in Two Voices, co-written with Jude Neale, this fall.

at the Burnaby Arts Council's  Deer Lake Gallery
6584 Deer Lake Avenue. Burnaby
 
Annual General Meeting and Critiquing Workshop  
6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Readings at 8 p.m.



Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Burnaby Writers Society 2018 writing contest announced

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Lessons from Mom and Dad – share with us the sort of tale or talent you’d bring to school for a show and tell. We’re looking to hear all about some of the heartwarming, wacky and downright weird lessons that have shaped you and endured the test of time. The contest is open to all genres; we look forward to reading all the ways creative minds can play with the theme. Prizes are $200, $100 and $50, plus a year’s newsletter subscription/membership for honourable mention.

Please have your submissions in by November 30, 2018. Entries are to be one page in length and formatted in Calibri 12. The entry fee is $10 for 1 entry and $25 for 3 entries. Your name, email address or phone number should be clearly identified on the reverse side of your submission, not on the front.

Please mail your entry along with a cheque to Burnaby Writers’ Society 6584 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby BC V5G 3T7.  For further clarification, please contact sheilagh_macdonald@shaw.ca.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Our October 16 Spoken INK readings and workshop




at the Burnaby Arts Council's  Deer Lake Gallery

6584 Deer Lake Avenue. Burnaby

Critiquing workshop 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Readings at 8 p.m.

Poet, performer and playwright Penn Kemp has read from new books of poetry, Local Heroes (Insomniac), and Fox Haunts (Aeolus House). Penn has been lauded as a trailblazer since her first Coach House publication (1972), and a “one-woman literary industry” as London’s inaugural Poet Laureate and Western’s Writer-in-Residence. She was the League of Canadian Poets’ Spoken Word Artist, 2015. Two new plays followed her previous books, Barbaric Cultural Practice and Jack Layton: Art in Action. www.pennkemp.weebly.com.


Susan McCaslin, an established Canadian poet, has published fifteen volumes of poetry, including her most recent, Into the Open: Poems New and Selected (Inanna, Sept. 2017). Her Demeter Goes Skydiving (University of Alberta Press, 2011) was short-listed for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (BC Poetry Book Prize) and first-place winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award. Susan resides in Fort Langley, BC, where she initiated the Han Shan Poetry Project as part of a successful campaign to protect an endangered rainforest along the Fraser River. www.susanmccaslin.ca