News and Reviews

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.

 

Tensions of Race in Liberal Spaces by John Harris

 

“Race” for the purposes of Dr Alexis Mootoo’s speech means Mootoo’s own ethnicity, African, described as “black (visible)” and studied in its interaction with the dominant colonialist ethnicity, which is European (Anglo-Saxon in the U.S. and Portugese in Brazil), described as “white.” “Tensions” are non-violent in the sense of attitudinal and institutionalized (“structural”). In liberal spaces, they manifest themselves verbally or as a subtle inhibiting of the aspirations of black people.

 

Ciaran MacArtain and Zakery Simpson Review by Paul Strickland.

Organized under the theme of "Crossover," the most recent Spoken Word event was held on August 16th, 2018 at Cafe Voltaire and drew the interest and participation of 35 Prince George poetry lovers.

 

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.

 

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