Galiano Lit Fest 2013 – Photos

Pauline Holdstock, Mona Fertig, Kim Goldberg, Christina Johnson-Dean

Pauline Holdstock, Mona Fertig, Kim Goldberg, Christina Johnson-Dean

Fabulous time once again at the Galiano Literary Festival, which is held on the last weekend in February each year. I have had the good fortune to attend this mega-fun lit fest and offer my Kung Fu for Writers workshop every year since the festival began in 2010. Galiano Inn water garden

The festival is organized by Galiano Island Books and held at the idyllic Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa. Does life get any sweeter?

Featured authors this year were: Joelle Anthony, John Belshaw, Robert Bringhurst, Kevin Chong, Daniela Elza , Brad Frenette, Bill Gaston, Kim Goldberg, Frances Greenslade, Pauline Holdstock, Christina Johnson-Dean, Mark Leiren-Young, Robyn Michele Levy, Billie Livingston, Annabel Lyon, Emily McGiffin, Billeh Nickerson, Diane Purvey, Nancy Richler, Audrey Thomas, and Jan Zwicky.

Mona Fertig (left) and Kim Goldberg

Mona Fertig (left) and Kim Goldberg

Salt Spring Island publisher Mona Fertig of Mother Tongue Publishing was given special recognition Saturday morning for her contribution to independent publishing. Mother Tongue is the publisher of the Unheralded Artists of BC series.

Vancouver author Kevin Chong (who was also one of my housemates for the weekend) delivered the keynote address on Saturday morning, giving us a thought-provoking set of 9 essays on independence/independents.

Kevin Chong & Robert Bringhurst

Kevin Chong & Robert Bringhurst

The four panelists Saturday morning were Kevin Chong, Robert Bringhurst, Annabel Lyon, and Mark Leiren-Young, addressing the topic “It’s All About the Story”, with moderator Brad Frenette.

Annabel Lyon and Mark Leiren-Young

Annabel Lyon and Mark Leiren-Young

The Wheatley's

My digs for the festival weekend, which I shared with Billeh Nickerson, Kevin Chong & more!

I bunked at “The Wheatley’s” vacation house on Galiano, just a short walk from Sturdies Bay and the festival venue, along with my housemates for the weekend Billeh Nickerson, Kevin Chong, Holly, and young Joe.

Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian human rights lawyer who has represented journalists and political activists, was imprisoned in Iran for her human rights work. She was ‘adopted’ by the Galiano Literary Festival this year to bring attention to her case. Her portrait was always present on a chair at every festival event throughout the weekend.

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Kim Goldberg, Mona Fertig, and Festival organizer and owner of Galiano Island Books Lee Trentadue with photo of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, jailed in Iran.

Kim Goldberg, Mona Fertig, and Festival organizer and owner of Galiano Island Books Lee Trentadue with photo of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, jailed in Iran.

Galiano Island Books

Two beautiful festival organizers: Seonaid Renwick & Lindsay Barrett

Two beautiful festival organizers: Seonaid Renwick & Lindsay Barrett

When words fall apart

When words fall apart

Descent to the unknown...

Descent to the unknown…

About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is an award-winning poet and journalist and the author of 7 books. Latest titles: 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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7 Responses to Galiano Lit Fest 2013 – Photos

  1. adamcramb says:

    great coverage……love the words fall apart……installation..:)

  2. Great photos, great story, and I especially love the story of 3 Great Women Supporting Independent Thinking, Writing, Publishing, Booksellers….Thank you!

  3. Eve Lazarus says:

    Love that Mona was recognized. Thanks for this great blog, I want to go next year! Eve

  4. Photo’s are beautiful Kim. Looks very inviting.

  5. Cat Majors says:

    Congratulations on your work, Kim, and thanks for documenting this important event!

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