VeenoDewan LozanYamolky RichardHanson & MalcolmVanDelst with TeresaKlein at GardenPlotReadingSeries on June 29

At the June 29th event of Garden Plot Reading Series, we’ll have the opportunity from 2 – 4 PM, to listen to stories from a work-in-progress by author Veeno Dewan, hear some powerful poems by Kurdish Canadian poet Lozan Yamolky, view a rare presentation on runes from rune master Richard E. Hanson, and come to know a unique woman-voice from author Malcolm Van Delst’s recent novel. The event will be hosted by Teresa Klein, one of the inspirations behind the PLOT Sharing Garden that was first visioned by Don and Cora Li-Leger, now the sweet home of Garden Plot Reading Series. More information about the June 29th event is at this link: garden-plot-reading-series-june-29


Veeno Dewan, Author

Veeno Dewan is a writer, TV producer and filmmaker. His articles have been published by various magazines and newspaper. A graduate of the Simon Fraser University’s Writers Studio, Veeno is working on his first novel, a family saga that spans four continents and a 100 years; and on a short story collection exploring the themes of migration, colonialism, identity, and the notions of home and belonging. He was born in London UK where he worked over fifteen years for the BBC and a few years for the independent TV broadcast industry before moving to Canada and settling in Surrey BC. In Canada, he has worked for the CTV, Global and the CBC as a producer and director. Veeno also works as a communications specialist for the BC Government.

Lozan Yamolky, Poet

Lozan is a poet who has published three collections in two years. Her debut title ‘I’m No Hero‘ was printed by Silver Bow Publishing in 2016, ‘Counting Waves‘ in 2017, and ‘Dreamers Needed‘ in 2019. Lozan is one of the recipients of the Distinguished Poet Award from Writer International Network Canada for 2018, and the 1st Prize winner of the 2019 Rabindranath Tagore Poetry Contest. In 2017, she was commissioned by the DaCapo Chamber Choir to write about refugee experiences. Lozan is Kurdish, born and raised in Baghdad, she immigrated to Canada in 1995, and she now works as a freelance interpreter in Vancouver.

Richard E. Hanson, Rune Master

Richard is a practicing vitki with more than 30 years’ experience in carving, reading and studying runes and rune stones. He uses materials from dropped and then aged (2 years or more) branches, or naturally shed antler, and the runes are crafted in sacred spaces using ritual tools. His work, both the rune sets and rune jewellery, has gained appreciation in Scandinavia, the USA, Europe and all over Canada.

Malcolm Van Delst, Novelist

Malcolm van Delst is a poet, novelist and web developer who is passionate about writing, acting and filmmaking. She began her novel Do the Wrong Thing in 2014 during Nanowrimo, and it was launched in 2018. Malcolm’s stories and poems have been published by various zines including Tenement, she has appeared in Fringe plays, and, she had the 12th most viewed video at CBC’s now defunct site, Zed. She founded and runs the Vancouver Writers Group and chairs the Surrey Library’s Guildford Writers Circle. She has an English Literature degree from McMaster University and diplomas in computer graphics, multimedia, and integrated media from various institutions including Emily Carr Institute where she later taught.

Teresa Klein, Host

Teresa is a dreamer and a community leader. Her investigative journey with her long-term dream group inspired the writing of a collaborative book relating the effects of their dream work on their lives. Her exploration prompted a pilgrimage that began in 2011. This pilgrimage re-set the definition of home to reach far beyond any set place and embraced a universal sense of family. Her encounters with life through this time deepened her relationship with earth-based wisdom and established a trusting relationship with her intuitive knowing. Her pilgrimage continues as she remains involved with a Community Garden/Medicine Wheel in Newton, an area of Surrey that has experienced trauma and had visible presence of homelessness and substance abuse issues. Beginning its Fourth growing season, despite its challenges, the Garden has become a centre for community engagement bridging generational, cultural and socio economic gaps to create a warm and welcoming space.


We gratefully acknowledge
that we meet on the traditional territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem
Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations.