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.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Our Spoken INK readers May 21st

Susan McCaslin is a poet and Thomas Merton scholar who has recently collaborated with J.S. Porter on a volume of creative non-fiction, Superabundantly Alive: Thomas Merton’s Dance with the Feminine (Wood Lake, Oct. 2018). She is also the author of fifteen volumes of poetry, including her most recent, Into the Open: Poems New and Selected (Inanna, 2017). Susan will be reading from her most recent book of mixed-genre creative nonfiction on the contemplative writer Thomas Merton in order to explore the relevance of his poetry and poetics at this time. Susan can be found wandering along the Fraser River outside Fort Langley, BC with her dog Rosie in the presence of Douglas firs, hemlocks, and cedars.

Eileen Kernaghan’s speculative poetry collection Tales from the Holograph Woods draws its themes from science fiction, myth and magic, dark fantasy and fairy tales. It brings together poems published over the last thirty-five years in magazines and anthologies ranging from PRISM international and The Antigonish Review to Weird Tales and Black Lotus. Eileen is also the author of nine historical fantasy novels. Her most recent novel, Sophie, in Shadow, was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and for the Sheila Egoff Prize for Children’s Literature.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

SPOKEN INK Guest Readers April 16

Tuesday April 16, 2019 @ 8:00 p.m.

At the Burnaby Arts Council's Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Avenue.                                                 
Elaine Woo is the author of two poetry collections: Put Your Hand in Mine, Signature Editions, released this spring, and Cycling with Dragon, Nightwood Editions, 2014. She is a graduate of the UBC creative writing program. Elaine's poetry and artwork has appeared internationally in Otoliths, Prism International, Grain Magazine, The Elephants, The Maynard, Arc Poetry, Carte Blanche, The Literary Commune, and L'Impromptu. She has appeared in numerous literary festivals and reading series including the Growing Room Festival, AfterWord, Word Vancouver, Victoria Festival of Authors, LiterAsian, the North Shore Writers Festival, SFU's Lunch Poems, and Emily Carr's On Edge Reading Series; and has facilitated creative writing and art workshops for a number of festivals and community writing programs.

Adrienne Drobnies' first book of poetry Salt and Ashes has been released this year by Signature Editions. She is a graduate of the SFU Writer’s Studio and has a doctorate in chemistry. Her poetry has appeared in The Antigonish Review, Event, Riddle Fence, The Toronto Quarterly, and The Maynard. She is an editor of a collection of poetry in French, Poèmes sur Mesure, by her late husband Alain Fournier. Her poetry has received honourable mention in the Compton Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Vallum Award for poetry. Her long poem, Randonnées, won the Gwendolyn MacEwen Award for Best Suite of Poems by an Emerging Poet, and was a finalist for the CBC literary award.

The Burnaby Writers' Society will host a critiquing workshop at the gallery prior to the readings (6:15 – 7:45 p.m.). Feel free to attend one or both portions of these events.

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

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The winning entries!

We're delighted to announce the winners of our 2019 writing contest:  "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lessons from Mom and Dad"

First Prize: "Things My Mother Wanted Me to Know" by Chelsea Comeau

Second Prize -" The Last Dance" by Cheryl Andrichuk

Third Prize: " Selling the Pinto" by Franci Louann

The winning writers received their prizes and read their work at our Awards Night evening, Tuesday, March 19 at the Burnaby Arts Council's Deer Lake Gallery.