Monday, February 3, 2020

Our February 18th Spoken INK Guest Readers

Stephen Karr is a library technician and poet who writes about social and environmental issues, nature, and observations on his life and locating himself in the world. He lives in Vancouver. He is currently editing his first book of poetry which examines his liver transplant and its effect on his life from an existential perspective. He is a regular at open mics in Greater Vancouver, and has featured several times. He is a member of The Federation of BC Writers and Royal City Literary Arts Society.

Shawn Gale is an academic and award-winning author. His stories have been published in anthologies and periodicals in the U.S. and Canada. He is the author of acclaimed story collection The Stories That Make Us and the critically-acclaimed fantasy series World of Dawn. He is a member of Burnaby Writers Society, Royal City Literary Society, and The Writers Union of Canada. He enjoys reading and reciting poetry.

Warren Dean Fulton is a full member of the Directors Guild of Canada, working in the British Columbia Film and Television Industry. A resident of New Westminster, Warren is also a member of the Royal City Literary Arts Society, and is the host of the weekly poetry reading series Poetic Justice/ Poetry New West. 

Workshop 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.  Readings 8 p.m.

6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby BC V5G 3T7

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Our November 19th Spoken INK readers

Sita Carboni is co-founder of Pandora's Collective Outreach Society. She currently co-hosts Book Talks Book Club and Word Whips Writing Series. She has been featured throughout the lower mainland at various literary events including Word on the Street and The North Shore Writers Festival. Her poetry has been published in print and online literary journals.

Suzy Malcolm divides her writing time between poetry, Kid's Lit, and songwriting. She was a 2nd Place winner in both the Vancouver International Writers Festival Contest and Kiss FM’s Song Writing Contest. Her poem, Lynn Valley Girls, is etched in glass at the Lynn Valley Library. Suzy has been published in several anthologies, including, "The Third Taboo", which also included the poetry of Leonard Cohen.

 Readings at 8.p.m.

Spoken INK is a reading series presented by the Burnaby Writers Society on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (except July and August), at the Burnaby Arts Council's Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby.  For more information contact

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Opening October 21st: The Vancouver Writers Fest

Vancouver Writers Fest, one of the most celebrated not-for-profit literary festivals in the world, where people of all ages and backgrounds explore ideas through the work of internationally renowned writers from October 21 to 27.
Our guest curator is Anishinaabekwe journalist, Massy Lecturer and author of All Our Relations and Seven Fallen Feathers, Tanya Talaga. Some of the authors participating in this year’s Festival are Cherie Dimaline, Adam Gopnik, Booker Prize finalist Chigozie Obioma, Naomi Klein, Lee Maracle, Maude Barlow, Stephen Chbosky, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Ivan Coyote, Emma Donoghue, Charlotte Gray, Daniel Heath Justice, Linden MacIntyre, Richard Van Camp, and more.
CanLit Fiction Showcase: Explore expansive fiction worlds as three Canadian masters, emerging and established, tease out the innumerable ways we are influenced by place and create community.
The Lives of Girls & Women: Relationships between women are affirming, complex and life-giving. Four exceptional female storytellers explore and celebrate just that in this must-see event. #vanwritersfest19

Buzzworthy Books: An intimate showcase of exciting new must-reads that delve into the transformative power of art, and how it shapes authors and readers alike. #vanwritersfest19

The Art of Building Suspense: Esteemed mystery, thriller and horror writers discuss their approach to craft and how they create page-turning suspense. #vanwritersfest19

Friday, September 13, 2019

Our September guest readers at Spoken INK

We're pleased to announce that on Tuesday, September 17 our guest readers will be Trace Wilson, Jude Neale and Bill Arnott.

Trace Wilson backpacked across seven continents before beginning her poetry odyssey. Her work has been published in Geist, Emerge, The Liar and Ink&Nebula. In 2018 two of her poems were shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Memorial Award.

Vancouver author, poet and songwriter Bill Arnott is the best selling author of Dromomania and Gone Viking. His poetry, articles and reviews are published in the US, UK, Europe and Asia, with a 2019 poetry prize from Pandora's Collective.

Jude Neale is a Canadian poet, vocalist, spoken word performer and mentor. Her book A Quiet Coming of Light: A Poetic Memoir (Leaf Press) was a finalist for the 2015 Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her book A Blooming was published by Ekstasis Editions in May 2019, and We Sing Ourselves Back in June.

Spoken INK is a reading series presented by the Burnaby Writers Society on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (except July and August), at the Burnaby Arts Council's Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby.  For more information contact

Friday, August 30, 2019

Bill Bissett at the Shadbolt in September

bill bissett, geoff inverarity, jim donnett ...and friends!

27 September 2019,  8pm in the Studio Theatre

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Bby

Everyone welcome! Book your free advance tickets

via Shadbolt Box Office: 604.205.3000

Monday, July 22, 2019

Bill Arnott’s Artist Showcase

-- a lighthearted update on authors, poets, musicians and artists - with a laugh! Join the fun, it’s free and private through mailchimp.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Our Spoken INK June event

Please join us for a special Spoken INK on Saturday, June 15th from 7-9pm at beautiful Deer Lake Gallery (6584 Deer Lake Avenue) to celebrate the works of artists Kathleen McGiveron and Fiona Tang (and their exhibition, Distant Tales), with a special Spoken INK evening of readings called Writing through Art.

Seven featured writers will share their poetry and prose inspired by the works of McGiveron and Tang, followed by an Open Mic for the audience to connect with the art.

Our featured writers are Mark MacKenzie, Kyle Hawk, Sheilagh MacDonald, Rose Padeft, Bill Arnott, Angela Rebrec and Cynthia Sharp.   In the Spoken INK tradition, we encourage an interactive evening for artists and audience to foster an appreciation of the exhibition and words coming together for a magical effect. Admission is free!

Spoken INK is a reading series presented by the Burnaby Writers' Society on the third Tuesday of each month (except July and August). For more information, contact

* Distant Tales is an exhibition at the Deer Lake Art Gallery featuring the collaborative works of Fiona Tang & Kathleen McGiveron, and is hosted and organized by the Burnaby Arts Council. The exhibition will open Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 12 to 4 pm and will run until June 29, 2019.