Aging and reflection at mid-life and approaching age inform the poetry of Andrew Burton and Al Rempel as read to about 35 listeners at a recent Spoken Word event at Café Voltaire in Prince George.
Andrew Burton has been writing poetry since he won CBC’s Post Card Award in the 1980s. The spark from getting that award encouraged him to continue writing. He has written short stories and many theatre plays, some of which have received international awards. Recently Burton was long-listed for the BC Poetry Prize.
Trelle Morrow, retired architect, and historian, was honoured with the Jeanne Clarke Local History Award for Service on Sunday evening at ceremonies held in the Bob Harkins Room of the Prince George Public Library.
Morrow was born in Fernie, BC during the dirty thirties but moved to Salmon Arm for grade school. After high school, he headed off to UBC where he studied architecture. After graduation in 1953, he married Allison Gilbert and then moved to Prince George the following summer.
Today, Morrow is an active member of Prince George's Heritage Commission, and his architectural career in the region has spanned 40 years. This career includes the design of the former Prince George Citizen building on Brunswick Street and the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Patricia Boulevard. This information was offered in a prepared statement by Amy Dhanjal, library communications coordinator.
Paralysis, written by Addison D’marko. He is a member of the Prince George Public Library Writers’ Lab as is Paul Strickland. The 154 page paperback book was independently published and is available on Amazon for $12.99 plus shipping. You may also visit his blog and request a signed copy, the cost of which is $20. Go to: https://addisonblake.co/2018/04/19/re-book-launch
During the launch of his first book at the Prince George Public Library, April 18 2018, Addison D'marko, 20, described his three-year medical journey back to a nearly normal walking gait and good health. The journey started after a mistake during an operation to deal with repeated epileptic seizures triggered a stroke that left his whole left side paralyzed.
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 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.
Don Precosky's memoir, published by Repository Press, Prince George in 2016 is about how he put himself through university working exhausting all night shifts at a truck stop on the Trans-Canada Highway near the current Thunder Bay is painful to read. However, this is not a criticism, but a tribute to how well the book is written, and how accurately it describes the physical and psychological impacts of working too many hours.
The book recognizes the sacrifices of truckers, loggers and everyone associated with transportation in the North, and eventually rises to the heroic. It celebrates the truckers' struggles, as if they were Greek soldiers trapped in struggle on the plains of Ilium before the unassailable gates of Troy. Precosky places the Trans-Canada Highway, an extraordinary achievement in the late 1950s and early 1960s, on the same level as the wine-dark sea of the Homeric epics.
April was National Poetry Month and in Prince George was opened by a proclamation by the Mayor and followed with a reading by local poet, Gill Wigmore. There was a historical tour of the city with different local poets reading poems about the city and there were weekly poetry parlour events where numerous poets read.