VirginiaGillespie – CandiceJames – HarveyOstroff with SanaJanjua & FauziaRafique at Word Arts LIVE ‘Ages & Stages’ – 11 March 2018

Welcome to the final event of the second session of Word Arts LIVE at Alexandra Neighborhood House. The March event will be held at Alexandra Hall instead of the media room, and it’ll be followed by a celebration of wine and refreshments.

This is the third event in the theme-based session titled ‘Ages & Stages: Dreams, reality checks and things that go bump in the night’ where the first event focused on ‘youthfulness’ on January 14th; ‘adulthood’ on February 11th, and now, ‘golden years’ on March 11th. We will have Author Virginia Gillespie, Poet Candice James and Performer Harvey Ostroff with Host Sana Janjua, and Discussion Facilitator Fauzia Rafique. There’ll be plenty of discussion time at the end.

Virginia Gillespie

Virginia Gillespie, Artistic Director of the VG PlayRoom Studio, is a writer, arts advocate, and coordinator of the Word-Arts Project through Surrey Cultural Grants. Her play LOSS, is part of the STUFF Collection where another short play, HOARDER, was selected for a curated reading at the Vancouver SHIFT Festival in support of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. Last spring she taught mixed-arts devising modules, which birthed PROJECT WOW: Arts Building Without Walls and the Tiptoe Through the Garden Event at the Newton Plot Sharing Garden and Medicine Wheel. Currently Virginia, Heidi McCurdy and Celina Strachan host LISTENING BOWL: rambles in nature, art making and celebrations to re- connect with self, land, spirit and community. Virginia is a Surrey Civic Treasure recipient who is passionate about bringing art alive and making performance an innovative tool for personal, societal and ecological transformation.
Virginia-Gillespie.com
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Candice James

Candice James served 2 terms as Poet Laureate of New Westminster BC and was appointed Poet Laureate Emerita by the City of New Westminster in Nov 2016. She is author of 13 books of poetry; a visual artist; musician; singer/songwriter; workshop facilitator. Her artwork has appeared in many magazines internationally including Duende (Goddard University of Fine Arts, Vermont); SurVision, (Ireland); The Arts and Entertainment Magazine (Hollywood); CQ International, New York); and Wax, Poetry Art Mgazine (Canada). She is also Founder of Royal City Literary Arts Society; Poetic Justice; Poetry in the Park; Poetry New Westminster; RCLAS Singer Songwriters; Fred Cogwsell Award for Excellence in Poetry and she it the recipient of the Bernie Legge Artist Cultural Award and Pandora’s Collective Citizenship Award.
candicejames.com

Harvey Ostroff

Harvey has been involved in the theatre arts for fifty years as teacher/ Director and Helping teacher for SD 36 and as Instructor at Western Washington U and SFU. He is also a playwright. His first play, “Yossel’s Music,” was produced in 1983 by Studio 58 and his latest, Teatron’s production of “Delimax” went up at the Toronto Centre for the Arts in 2015. Since his retirement in 2002 he has been presenting workshops throughout the Lower Mainland including Stage-fighting and Characterization and has choreographed fight scenes for a variety of productions. His most popular workshop was “ Dancing with Swords.” He has also been an actor and is currently singing and writing songs. One claim to fame is that he got to sing his “Ballad of Terry Fox” with Valdy at a local fundraiser. He lives happily in the wonderful community of Ocean Park (South Surrey) with his wife Margie and has two successful children and three wonderful grandchildren.

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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Fauzia Rafique

Fauzia is a novelist, poet, blogger and an activist. She has published two novels Skeena (English by Libros Libertad in 2011 and Punjabi by Sanjh Publications in 2007) and The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior (Libros Libertad, 2016). She has printed two chapbooks of her poems, Holier Than Life (Purple Poppy Press, 2013) and Passion Fruit/Tahnget Phal (Uddari Books 2011). She is a co-founder and the coordinator of Surrey Muse, and the project coordinator of Surrey Muse Writers. Fauzia is happy to have received WIN Canada’s Distinguished Novelist & Poet award in 2012, and to have declined Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.
gandholi.wordpress.com

Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday March 11, 2018
3-5 pm, Alexandra Hall
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 March 11 – South Surrey

The third and the last event of ‘Ages & Stages: Dreams, reality checks and things that go bump in the night’ exploring youthfulness, adulthood and golden years, will focus on ‘golden years’ with Author Virginia Gillespie, Poet Candice James and Performer Harvey Ostroff.

An author, a poet and a performer will contemplate on the theme of ‘golden years’; 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 Golden Years
Sunday March 11, 2018

Author Virginia Gillespie
Poet Candice James
Performer Harvey Ostroff
Host Sana Janjua
Discussion Facilitator Fauzia Rafique

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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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.
josarnott.blogspot.ca

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.
sana-janjua-surrey-muse

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! – Sunday June 25 – South Surrey

After a festive fourth meeting of Word Arts LIVE! in May with author Teresa Klein, poet Manolis, performer Yvette Dudley-Neuman, and open mic opener Paul Stacey with Virginia Gillespie, you are invited to the fifth and the last event of this new reading and presentation series at ‘Camp A’.

Word Arts LIVE! features an author, a poet and a performer- a bit of time to discuss, to linger and to savor each presentation; and, an Open Mic session at the end. The event is FREE. Donations are welcome.

Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday June 25, 2017

Author Deborah Stacey
Poet Heidi Greco
Performer Celeste Snowber
Open Mic Opener Celina Strachan & Shonna Morgan
Host Virginia Gillespie

4-6 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! – Sunday May 28 – South Surrey


After an awesome third meeting of Word Arts LIVE! in April with author Liam Paul Wallinger, poet Lozan Yamolky, performer Heidi McCurdy, and open mic opener Helga Parekh with Virginia Gillespie, you are invited to the fourth event of this new reading and presentation series at ‘Camp A’.

Word Arts LIVE! features an author, a poet and a performer- a bit of time to discuss, to linger and to savor each presentation; and, an Open Mic session at the end. The event is FREE. Donations are welcome.

Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday May 28, 2017

Author Teresa Klein
Poet Manolis
Performer Yvette Dudley-Neuman
Open Mic Opener Paul Stacey
Host Virginia Gillespie

4-6 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! – Sunday April 30 – South Surrey

Featuring author Liam Paul Wallinger, poet Lozan Yamolky, performer Heidi McCurdy, and poet Helga Parekh with Virginia Gillespie

After an inspiring second meeting of Word Arts LIVE! in March with Nasreen Pejvack, Edward Blodgett, Fauzia Rafique and Sana Janjua, you are invited to the third event of this new reading and presentation series at ‘Camp A’.

Word Arts LIVE! features an author, a poet and a performer- a bit of time to discuss, to linger and to savor each presentation; and, an Open Mic session at the end. The event is FREE. Donations are welcome.

Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday April 30, 2017

Author Liam Paul Wallinger
Poet Lozan Yamolky
Performer Heidi McCurdy
Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh
Host Virginia Gillespie

4-6 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! – Sunday March 26 – South Surrey

After Word Arts LIVE! in February with Sylvia Taylor, Wanda John-Kehewin, Kat Wahaama and Art Pouchet, you are invited to the second event of this new reading and presentation series at ‘Camp A’.

Hosted by Virginia Gillespie, Word Arts LIVE! features an author, a poet and a performer- a bit of time to discuss, to linger and to savor each presentation; and, an Open Mic session at the end. The event is FREE. Donations are welcome.

Word-Arts LIVE!
Sunday March 26, 2017

Author Nasreen Pejvack
Poet Edward Blodgett
Performer Fauzia Rafique
Open Mic Opener Sana Janjua
Host Virginia Gillespie

4-6 pm, Media Room
Upstairs The Lodge
Alexandra Neighborhood House
2916 McBride Av, 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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