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Andrew Burton, Al Rempel Reading/Spoken Word By Paul Strickland

 

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. 

Jeanne Clarke Local History Award, 2019

 

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: Beating the Odds by Addison D’marko - Reviewed by Paul Strickland

 

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.

 

Spoken Word by Paul Strickland & Vivien Lougheed

 

The Spoken Word event at Cafe Voltaire on Thursday, April 19th was Emceed by Erin Bauman and was held mainly to showcase Christina Kinnie’s self published book, Walking through the Layrinth; A Memoir.

 

Jeanne Clarke History Award by Paul Strickland

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.

 

Potline Bomber of Innisfree - Report by Paul Strickland

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.

Truckstop Nights, Review by Paul Strickland

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.

Launch of the Receiver by Paul Strickland

Readings by poets Sharon Thesen, Barry McKinnon and Greg Lainsbury brought together various sectors of the Prince George literary community at the Twisted Cork on Friday, Nov. 10th.

 

The event, organized by College of New Caledonia creative writing instructor Graham Pearce, and sponsored by the college, drew more than 100 listeners.

 

Parlour Poetry by Paul Strickland

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.

 

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