CNC’s creative writing class, after almost four months of tutelage by Graham Pearce, had their yearly manuscript release party on April 12th. It turned out to be a lively, varied event where the students entertained an audience of over a hundred.
The 33rd annual Jeanne Clarke Local History Awards reception was held Sunday night in the Keith Gordon Room of the Bob Harkins Branch of the Prince George Public Library. Jeanne Clark was a local library board member who initiated the formation of the award.
About 80 people attended the reception that began with a prayer to the Creator Spirit; the prayer was led by Lheidli Tenneh Elder, Clifford Quaw.
The unrestricted literary imagination was at play during the literary readings by Barry McKinnon and Cecil Giscombe held at the Black Donkey Café on June 10th. The atmosphere lent itself well to free-thinking and the strengthening of friendship.
John Harris introduced the two poets, Barry McKinnon of Prince George and Cecil Giscombe of Berkeley, California. “I like what they’re talking about – serious issues,” Harris said.
The Potline Bomber of Innisfree, written by Josh Massey, a journalist from Terrace, BC was published by Book Thug of Toronto. His launch was held at Books and Co in Prince George and is available for $21.
He also spoke to CNC students in English 204 (Canadian Poetry) about his writing strategies and offered advice for prospective young writers.
"When you're working on a major project, you have to write every day," he told students.
Fabienne Calvert Filteau is in her late twenties and from an old Central BC family. Her great grandparents settled in Vanderhoof around the turn of the twentieth century. As the family expanded it spread across the country but centred itself on a cabin that the grandparents built in the late twenties near Fort St. James — at Stone's Bay on Stuart Lake in the shadow of Pope Mountain. Calvert Filteau grew up in Ontario and returned to BC to study Creative Writing at the University of Victoria: her book acknowledges Tim Lilburn and Lorna Crozier, among others, as mentors. She worked her way through school as a tree planter and continues in that occupation, presently residing in Hazleton.
The poetry reading at the Twisted Cork banquet hall at the end of November tested the outer boundaries of appreciation of the poetic art. Held at the Twisted Cork in Prince George on October 23rd, 2015 the event drew about 65 people.