The three of us had a fab day roaming and poeming the streets of downtown Qualicum Beach under blue skies and sunshine on Saturday. Our inaugural team of Roaming Poets consisted of David Fraser (Nanoose Bay, BC), Daniela Elza (Vancouver, BC) and me, Kim Goldberg (Nanaimo, BC).
Here you see me in front of the public library at the Qualicum Town Square demonstrating the confluence of poetry and air traffic control. (Seriously, I have no idea what I was doing here.)
We started our roaming in front of The Old School House Art Centre (below), where about two dozen people gathered on the sidewalk and benches. And at least six onlookers came up to share a poem at the open mic.
Then we moved over to the Town Square for our final set, and finished up with a nibble at Bailey’s across the square.
Our Roaming Poets event was inspired by Random Acts of Poetry – a nationwide literacy campaign dreamt up by Canada’s premiere poetry instigator, Wendy Morton, and held annually in the first week of October. The three of us – all R.A.P. alumni – were saddened by the program’s demise after seven glorious years. And so we decided to mount a micro-version of it in Qualicum Beach. Thank you, Wendy, for being an inspiration to us all!