Hazelwood Writers Festival 2012

Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Hazelwood Writers’ Festival on Sunday, August 12th, 2012, from 1:00-4:00 pm at the luscious Hazelwood Herb Farm south of Nanaimo. Address: 13576 Adshead Road (Ladysmith, BC).

Admission: $10

This year’s Featured Authors are Kate Braid and Tom Wayman.

Additional readings and performances by loads of local Island talent including: Wind Weaver Paul Bezooyen & Terry Mack, plus Greg Blanchette, Jule Briese, Kim Clark, Barbara A. Denz, Tricia Dower, Janet Dunnett, Kirsty Elliot, David Floody, David Fraser, Kim Goldberg, Kenn Joubert, Janice Lore, Edeana Malcolm, Mary Ann Moore, Mary Elizabeth Nelson, Naomi Beth Wakan, Ann Graham Walker, and M.C. Warrior.

Kate Braid has written poetry and non-fiction about subjects ranging from Georgia O’Keeffe, Emily Carr and Glenn Gould, to mine workers and fishers, and a memoir, Journeywoman, about her 15 years as a carpenter. She has published five books of poetry and co-edited with Sandy Shreve In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry. Her work has won a number of awards and is widely anthologized. See www.katebraid.com

Tom Wayman’s recent books include a poetry collection, Dirty Snow (Harbour, 2012), a novel, Woodstock Rising (Dundurn, 2009), and a critical monograph, Songs Without Price: The Music of Poetry in a Discordant World (U of Vancouver Island, 2008).

His 2007 collection of stories, Boundary Country, currently is a contender for the 2012 One Book One Kootenay competition. Poetry anthologies he has edited include The Dominion of Love (Canadian love poems), 2001. He most recently taught at the University of Calgary, 2002-2010. Since 1989, he has lived in southeastern BC’s Selkirk Mountains.

This event is jointly sponsored by Hazelwood Herb Farm and WordStorm Society of the Arts, and is supported by League of Canadian Poets, Canada Council for the Arts and The Writers’ Union of Canada. (Gate receipts go to the local writers and performers.)

The venue holds about 60 people. You can guarantee a spot for yourself by reserving your ticket with David Fraser at ascentaspirations@shaw.ca. Some seating is provided. But you may want to bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Here are some photos from last year’s festival (with featured authors Sheri-D Wilson and Mona Fertig)…

The whole gang of writers featured at Hazelwood Writers Festival 2011

About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is a poet, journalist and the author of 8 books of poetry and nonfiction. Latest titles: DEVOLUTION (poems of ecopocalypse), UNDETECTABLE (her Hep C journey in haibun), RED ZONE (poems of homelessness) and RIDE BACKWARDS ON DRAGON: a poet's journey through Liuhebafa. She lives in Nanaimo, BC. Contact: goldberg@ncf.ca
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