by Joseph Koot
It started in the living room of a mini-home in Riverview, New Brunswick. There, half a dozen women, members of a friend’s book club, gathered to hear me talk about my memoir Looking for Bill, Finding Myself.
Following this, one woman’s mother contacted me to give a motivational talk to her club. I showed this gathering some photos of my youth and of my hike across Europe. I also recounted my childhood angst and its resolution through the trek described in my book Europe, One Step at a Time.Read More»
Katherena Vermette, winner of the 2013 Governor General Award for Poetry, arrived to sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures for November. This allowed for relatively easy touring between Rexton and Sussex, with detours to Belleisle and Elsipogtog.
At Elsipogtog School, Katherena read from her collection, North End Love Songs. Students from Gr. 3-8 had many questions for Katherena about her family, her poems and her home, the North End of Winnipeg. Then it was off to Rexton where she read with Miramichi writer, Elizabeth Copeland, and several local authors.
The WFNB thanks Jason Lawson, our regional representative for that area, for organizing the event.
Katherena’s time in Sussex began with a reading at Dawn’s Café, with poet Allan Cooper and other local authors. The evening was intimate and open, and set the tone for Katherena’s workshop the following day. The workshop, called Finding Genre, was delivered to almost twenty people.
Participants ran the writing gamut – poets, fiction and creative non-fiction authors, playwrights, screen and journal writers; you name it, they were there. The WFNB thanks our regional representative, Janie Simpson, Rosalyn Hyslop and Kelly Cooper for helping to promote and deliver this event.
Katherena’s workshop in Sussex was a combination of writing exercises and discussion about genre. Her approach encouraged an openness to move between the various types of writing. The snow fell in big flakes for Katherena’s last afternoon in New Brunswick, a sharp contrast to the sunshine that brought her here.
Thanks to all who braved the weather and drove the distance to attend a workshop delivered by one of the top writers in the country.
WordTravels was the brainchild of Board Member, Kelly Cooper, who inspired us all with her vision. We thank her for taking this outreach initiative from concept to reality.