JoanB.Flood-JoanneArnott-SonjaGrgar with SanaJanjua & VirginiaGillespie at Word Arts LIVE ‘Ages & Stages’ – 11 February 2018

Welcome to the second event of the second session of Word Arts LIVE at Alexandra Neighborhood House.

The first event of this theme-based session titled ‘Ages & Stages: Dreams, reality checks and things that go bump in the nightfocused on ‘youthfulness’ on January 14th; now, we are set to explore ‘adulthood’ on February 11th with Author Joan B. Flood, Poet Joanne Arnott, Performer Sonja Grgar, Host Sana Janjua, and Discussion Facilitator Virginia Gillespie. The session consists of three events with plenty of discussion time.

Joan B. Flood

JOAN B. FLOOD grew up in Limerick, Ireland and lived briefly in France and England before settling in Canada. She spent some years in Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario before arriving in Vancouver, where she currently lives. Her work has appeared in anthologies in Canada, USA and Australia. Her Young Adult novel, New Girl, won the Orpheus Fiction Contest and was published in the USA by Musa Publishing. Her story 87 won honourable mention in The Binnacle Ninth Annual Ultra-Short Story Competition 2012 (USA). Her latest novel is Left Unsaid, a family drama set in contemporary Ireland, and was published by Signature Editions in October 2017.
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Joanne Arnott

Joanne Arnott is a Métis/mixed-blood writer and arts activist, originally from Manitoba, at home on the west coast. Her first book Wiles of Girlhood won the Gerald Lampert Award (LCP 1992). She published eight further books, including Halfling spring (Kegedonce 2014), A Night for the Lady (Ronsdale 2013), and Mother Time (Ronsdale 2007). Her essays and poetry appear in over twenty-five anthologies and a similar number of journals. Joanne was a founding member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast, a past volunteer with The Writers Union of Canada (National Council) and The Writers’ Trust of Canada (Author’s Committee). A grand multipara (mother of six), Joanne is currently teaching Creative Writing with an Indigenous Focus (UBC). She is the Poetry Editor for EVENT Magazine (Douglas College). Joanne received the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Arts in 2017.
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Sonja Grgar

Sonja Grgar is a writer, dancer, and a freelance journalist who has worked in print, radio and television. In her writing, Sonja attempts to portray the poetic complexities of existence. What she finds the most meaningful about the written word are its limitations; that it is an imperfect expression of our life and breath. It is precisely that imperfection that Sonja finds the most poetic, and within which she seeks to live and create.
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Sana Janjua

Sana is a poet, performer and playwright. Her writings have been published at The Laaltain, Mayanaam and Uddari Weblog, and she has presented monologues at various cultural and literary events. Her play Migration, written and directed for a group of Pakistani-Canadian youth, expresses the experience of loneliness and pathos of (forced) migration and exile. Her monologue Smaller Names explores the dynamics of silencing of women’s voices/stories and the trauma and shame they endure as they speak. She has hosted events to commemorate Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Women’s International Day, and book launching ceremonies for authors. A Founding Member and the President of Surrey Muse, Sana is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, and enjoys working in the field of mental health.
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Virginia Gillespie
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Virginia is a writer, arts advocate and the Artistic Director of VG PlayRoom, a multi-disciplinary arts incubator with a Word Studio to develop projects and events in the Verbal Arts. She is a co-founder, co-organizer and the host of Word Arts LIVE! series.
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Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday February 11, 2018
3-5 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Avenue, Surrey BC

Series co-founded and co-organized by Fauzia Rafique and Virginia Gillespie

We are grateful to the City of Surrey for the 2017 Cultural Project Grant for Word-Arts events, forums and training. Alexandra Neighbourhood House is home base and a strong supporter.

For more information and to participate, contact
Virginia Gillespie
vgplayroom@gmail.com
Fauzia Rafique
surrey.muse@gmail.com

Word Arts LIVE Series is a collaboration
between VG PlayRoom and Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) operates on
the unceded territories of the
Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) is a project of
Surrey Muse.

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Word Arts LIVE! – Ages & Stages – Sunday February 11 – South Surrey

The second event of ‘Ages & Stages: Dreams, reality checks and things that go bump in the night’ exploring youthfulness, adulthood and golden years, will focus on ‘adulthood’ with Author Joan B. Flood, Poet Joanne Arnott and Performer Sonja Grgar. The first event of this series took place on January 14th and it was focused on ‘youthfulness’ with Margo Bates, Steve Webster and Enrico Renz.

An author, a poet and a performer will contemplate on the theme of ‘adulthood’; and, there’ll be time to discuss, to linger and to savor each presentation. The event is FREE. Donations are welcome.

Word-Arts LIVE!
‘Ages & Stages: Dreams, reality checks and things that go bump in the night’
On Adulthood
Sunday February 11, 2018

Author Joan B. Flood
Poet Joanne Arnott
Performer Sonja Grgar
Host Sana Janjua
Discussion Facilitator Virginia Gillespie

3-5 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Avenue, Surrey BC

For more information, contact
Fauzia Rafique surrey.muse@gmail.com
Virginia Gillespie vgplayroom@gmail.com

Visit our web page
surreymuseatlarge.wordpress.com/word-arts-live-series

Series co-organized by Virginia Gillespie and Fauzia Rafique

Word-Arts LIVE! is a collaboration between Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) and VG PlayRoom. We are grateful to the City of Surrey for the 2017 Cultural Project Grant for Word-Arts events, forums and training. Alexandra Neighbourhood House is home base and a strong supporter.

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) is a project of Surrey Muse.
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MargoBates-SteveWebster-EnricoRenz with SanaJanjua & VirginiaGillespie at Word Arts LIVE ‘Ages & Stages’ – 14 January 2018

You are invited to the second session of Word Arts LIVE series at Alexandra Neighborhood House. Unlike the first one, this is a theme-based session titled ‘Ages & Stages: Dreams, reality checks and things that go bump in the night’ contemplating youthfulness, adulthood and golden years through the perspectives of an author, a poet and a performer. The session consists of three events with plenty of discussion time.

On January 14th, ‘youthfulness’ will be explored by Author Margo Bates, Poet Steve Webster and Performer Enrico Renz with Host Sana Janjua and Discussion Facilitator Virginia Gillespie.

Margo Bates

Margo is the author of P.S. Don’t Tell Your Mother and The Queen of a Gated Community who teaches workshops on research strategies for writing, storytelling, and publicity for authors. She is now working on her third title The Funeral Follower. A professional member and the past president of Canadian Authors-Metro Vancouver, she is a member of its Program & Publicity Committee, and has served nationally as vice-chair and as chair of the Fundraising & Sponsorship Committee. Since 1980, Margo has worked on high-profile public relations projects and events in Canada, the United States and England with her Vancouver-based company, Margo Bates Publicity. She belongs to the Federation of BC Writers and RCLAS – Royal City Literary Arts Society. She’s an alumna of Erma Bombeck Humour Writers Workshop, University of Dayton, Ohio. And, she’s a darn good cook.
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Steve Webster

Steve is part of Cedar Bark Poets, a poetry reading group he helped establish a few years back that meets in Newton each month. Though he is not ‘really a Bio kind of guy’, he did say this about himself: ‘An apparently failed recluse. A bodger and man of reuse, semi-bohemian life long Newton resident and Surrey volunteer, with hands in far too many pots. Builder, gardener, poet, amounts others, and master of none, but enjoys seeing where the world goes.’
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Enrico Renz

Enrico is a singer and songwriter who plays guitar, bass, keyboards and drums. He has released a cd titled Skytrain as part of Secret Messengers. Enrico co-hosts a weekly Songwriters Open Mic with Lawren Nemeth and Lilija Valis in New Westminster. In his journey into music, he experienced a long period where he chose to withhold writing, composing and singing. Meanwhile, everything else was on the go including playing improvised music and chess(!) both entwined into the process of creating songs. Enrico’s country of origin is Switzerland, and he recognizes Italian and Swiss-German as mother languages. Enrico lives and teaches in Burnaby.
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Sana Janjua

Sana is a poet, performer and playwright. Her writings have been published at The Laaltain, Mayanaam and Uddari Weblog, and she has presented monologues at various cultural and literary events. Her play Migration, written and directed for a group of Pakistani-Canadian youth, expresses the experience of loneliness and pathos of (forced) migration and exile. Her monologue Smaller Names explores the dynamics of silencing of women’s voices/stories and the trauma and shame they endure as they speak. She has hosted events to commemorate Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Women’s International Day, and book launching ceremonies for authors. A Founding Member and the President of Surrey Muse, Sana is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, and enjoys working in the field of mental health.
sanajanjua@gmail.com

Virginia Gillespie
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Virginia is a writer, arts advocate and the Artistic Director of VG PlayRoom, a multi-disciplinary arts incubator with a Word Studio to develop projects and events in the Verbal Arts. She is a co-founder, co-organizer and the host of Word Arts LIVE! series.
vgplayroom

Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday January 14, 2018
3-5 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Avenue, Surrey BC

Series co-founded and co-organized by Fauzia Rafique

We are grateful to the City of Surrey for the 2017 Cultural Project Grant for Word-Arts events, forums and training. Alexandra Neighbourhood House is home base and a strong supporter.

For more information and to participate, contact
Virginia Gillespie
vgplayroom@gmail.com
Fauzia Rafique
surrey.muse@gmail.com

Word Arts LIVE Series is a collaboration
between VG PlayRoom and Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) operates on
the unceded territories of the
Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) is a project of
Surrey Muse.

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Word Arts LIVE! – Ages & Stages – Sunday January 14 – South Surrey

After a successful Inaugural Session of Word Arts LIVE! from February to June 2017, our team is back with a 2nd Session titled ‘Ages & Stages: Dreams, reality checks and things that go bump in the night’ exploring youthfulness, adulthood and golden years.

In this first meeting, an author, a poet and a performer will contemplate on the theme of ‘youthfulness’; and, lots of time to discuss, to linger and to savor each presentation. The event is FREE. Donations are welcome.

Word-Arts LIVE!
‘Ages & Stages: Dreams, reality checks and things that go bump in the night’
Sunday January 14, 2018

Author Margo Bates
Poet Steve Webster
Performer Enrico Renz
Host Sana Janjua
Discussion Facilitator Virginia Gillespie

3-5 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Avenue, Surrey BC

For more information, contact
Fauzia Rafique surrey.muse@gmail.com
Virginia Gillespie vgplayroom@gmail.com

Visit our web page
surreymuseatlarge.wordpress.com/word-arts-live-series

Word-Arts LIVE! is a collaboration between Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) and VG PlayRoom. We are grateful to the City of Surrey for the 2017 Cultural Project Grant for Word-Arts events, forums and training. Alexandra Neighbourhood House is home base and a strong supporter.

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) is a project of Surrey Muse.
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Word Arts LIVE! – 2nd Session ‘Ages & Stages’ – January to March 2018

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Word Arts LIVE Series
Word Arts LIVE Series, 2nd Session Program
Ages & Stages
Dreams, reality checks and things that go bump in the night

January-March 2018
(three gatherings of 2-hours each, 3-5pm)
Hosted by Sana Janjua
Discussion facilitation by Virginia Gillespie

January 14 (Youthfulness)
Author Margo Bates
Poet Steve Webster
Performer Enrico Renz

February 11 (Adulthood)
Author Joan b. Flood
Poet Joanne Arnott
Performer Sonja Grgar

March 11 (Golden years)
Author Virginia Gillespie
Poet Candice James
Performer Harvey Ostroff

For more information and to participate, contact
Virginia Gillespie
vgplayroom@gmail.com
Fauzia Rafique
surrey.muse@gmail.com

Word Arts LIVE Series is a collaboration
between VG PlayRoom and Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) operates on
the unceded territories of the
Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Word Arts LIVE! – the Inaugural Session Concludes

The first session of Word Arts LIVE! has ended June 2017 with it’s fifth meeting. It was an inspiring set of readings, presentations and discussions that allowed the local community to come together and grow as it welcomed some of its authors, poets, actors, artists and musicians.

The series is expected to resume later this year. Follow this blog for updates.

More information about Word Arts LIVE! is on this page:
surreymuseatlarge.wordpress.com/word-arts-live-series

Thanks to our Featured Authors

Sylvia Taylor: February 26. Nasreen Pejvack: March 26. Liam Paul Wallinger: April 30. Teresa Klein: May 28. Deborah Stacey: June 25.

Thanks to our Featured Poets

Wanda John-Kehewin: February 26. Edward Blodgett: March 26. Lozan Yamolky: April 30. Manolis: May 28. Heidi Greco: June 25.

Thanks to our Featured Performers

Kat wahama: February 26. Fauzia Rafique: March 26. Heidi CcCurdy: April 30. Yvette-Dudley Neuman: May 28. Celeste Snowber: June 25.

Thanks to our Open Mic Openers

Poet Art Pouchet: February 26. Poet Sana Janjua: March 26. Performer Helga Parekh: April 30. Author Paul Stacey: May 28. Playwrights/Directors/Actors Celina Strachan & Shonna Morgan: June 25.

And of course, thanks to our Host of all the five events

Virginia Gillespie

Virginia says:

‘I’m very pleased to have completed phase one of Word Arts LIVE! – a collaboration with Surrey Muse At Large. Thank you to Surrey Cultural Grants for support. Held in the Media Room at Camp Alexandra in Crescent Beach. We hosted five monthly reading events from February through June 2017. A group of loyal fans developed starting with 12 and ending with 30 + who enjoyed the diversity and range of the very talented presenters. Authors, poets, performers. In the final session we expanded to a play reading excerpt, and an artist showing deconstructed books. The potential is endless.’

The venue was great.

Appreciation to the staff and volunteers at
Alexandra Neighbourhood House.

And many thanks to Steve Chitty for his ongoing support to this project.

Word Arts LIVE! is the result of a collaboration between Virginia Gillespie (Artistic Director, VG PlayRoom) and Fauzia Rafique (Coordinator, Surrey Muse) for Surrey Muse At Large (smal).

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DeborahStacey-HeidiGreco-CelesteSnowber-CelinaStrachan&ShonnaMorgan with VirginiaGillespie at Word Arts LIVE! 25 June 2017

You are invited to the 5th and the final event of the first session of Word Arts LIVE! at Alexandra Neighborhood House. Our features include Author Deborah Stacey, Poet Heidi Greco, Performer Celeste Snowber, Open Mic Openers Celina Strachan & Shonna Morgan, with Host Virginia Gillespie.

Deborah Stacey
Deborah is a writer, editor, educator, and the creator of Horse Lover’s Math. Her essays and articles have appeared in various publications including the Vancouver Sun, and one of her short stories received an honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest Magazine writing competition. Deborah graduated with an Honors Degree in Horsemanship from Humber College in Toronto in the mid-seventies. Her two children were born in the early 80’s, and living in Ottawa at that time, she joined Mothers Are Women (MAW), a feminist group of women at home. Starting out contributing articles to their quarterly magazine Homebase, she went on to become editor until she and her family moved to BC in 1992. Here, she took several writing courses and joined a local writers group. Her ongoing work, Horse Lover’s Math, is a website with over 350 posts and a Math Club with members from Alaska to Australia, and it offers downloadable math worksheets and a 175 page Level 1 math workbook while a workbook for Level 2 is coming soon.
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Heidi Greco Heidi writes in many genres – poetry, fiction, essays, reviews and blog posts. She has just published Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart (Caitlin Press, 2017), an extended poem, expanding on the work begun earlier. The book is a collection of journal entries, poems, letters and other bits and pieces, addressing the question, What became of Amelia Earhart? Heidi’s other titles include Rattlesnake Plantain (poetry), published by Anvil Press in 2002; Shrinking Violets (novella), winner of the Ken Klonsky Award, published by Toronto’s Quattro Books in 2011; several chapbooks including A: The Amelia Poems, published by Lipstick Press (Gabriola Island) in 2009. Heidi also works as an instructor, leading workshops on a range of topics from exploring creativity to making chapbooks. A long-time resident of Surrey, she’s an arts activist who has contributed to several projects in the city – helping to establish two literary reading series and working to convince the City of Surrey to hire a Poet Laureate.
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Celeste Snowber Celeste, PhD is a dancer, poet, writer and educator who is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Among her books, are Embodied Prayer, Embodied Inquiry: Writing, living and being through the body and a collection of poetry, Wild Tourist. Celeste loves connecting dance, improv, comedy and spoken word as well as doing site-specific performance. She is presently the Artist in Residence in the UBC Botanical garden creating and performing poetry and dance out of each season. (Photo by Michele Mateus)
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Celina Strachan Celina is a singer and an actor who has performed with VG Playroom’s devised theatre and was a part of the cast for the curated reading of Virgina Gillespie’s short play Hoarder. As a member of Voices Wild, Celina explores and co-creates vocal soundscapes, and she is a Soprano Singer with Soul of the World Community Choir. She also facilitates a women’s group, and she supports and participates in several projects that bring people together. Last year, she performed in several Student Showcases with the Drama Class in White Rock, and she continues to fulfill her creativity through Improv acting. At this time, among other things, Celina is developing a stage performance with Shonna Morgan.
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Shonna Morgan Supporting her 5 children in the performance world for years, Shonna began to follow their lead a year ago, at first intrigued by the fun of theatre games. This interest quickly led to live stage showcases at The Drama Club, and a handful of independent and student film roles in the Vancouver film community. Shonna also volunteers with the RCMP, the Vancouver Sun Run, her Strata Council, and she helps organize homeschool conferences. At this time, Shonna is developing another stage performance with Celina Strachan.
shonnalee@gmail.com

Virginia Gillespiesm-virginia-gilespie Virginia is a writer, arts advocate and the Artistic Director of VG PlayRoom, a multi-disciplinary arts incubator with a Word Studio to develop projects and events in the Verbal Arts. She is a co-founder, co-organizer and the host of Word Arts LIVE! series.
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Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday June 25, 2017
4-6 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Avenue, Surrey BC

Series co-founded and co-organized by Fauzia Rafique

Word-Arts LIVE! is a collaboration between Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) and VG PlayRoom. We are grateful to the City of Surrey for the 2017 Cultural Project Grant for Word-Arts events, forums and training. Alexandra Neighbourhood House is home base and a strong supporter.

Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) is a project of Surrey Muse.
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