Sunday, May 01, 2016

Ore Samples Writers Series launch

The Ore Samples Writers Series launch at the Flin Flon Public Library on April 28 was amazing and heart-warming. Thank you to visiting author Garry Thomas Morse, Glenda Walker-Hobbs and Kevin Imrie for their fantastic readings and performances. Thank you to the great audience. Thank you to the community and the sponsors for their engagement with the arts and for helping make magic like this happen. 

See the Ore Samples Writers Series Facebook page for more pics.

With financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers' Union of Canada.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Ore Samples launches on April 28 and here the poster that's pinned up in numerous places on both sides of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border, online on the Flin Flon Public Library website and Facebook page, on the Ore Samples Facebook page, in various local and regional Facebook groups, and on Twitter.

This event is listed in the Flin Flon Arts Council newsletter and events calendar, the Flin Flon Reminder community events calendar, the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild ebriefs, the League of Canadian Poets National Poetry Month events listings, and on the Griffin Poetry Prize/Griffin Trust International Poetry Calendar.

Ore was mentioned in a story in The Reminder by Libby Stoker-Lavelle titled "Readers to kick off Poetry Month." An Ore-focused interview that took place on April 20 with Terri Eger from The Reminder resulted in a story titled "Ore Samples event features locally and nationally acclaimed poets" that ran on April 27 in print and online ahead of the April 28 launch. Huge thanks to The Reminder and both writers.

102.9 CFAR's Joe McCormick spoke with Library Administrator Cindy McLean about the Ore series. Huge thank you to both. (April 24)

Huge thanks to the Ore advisory board, to everyone who has worked to get out the word about this event, and to those who shared knowledge, wrote letters of support, and otherwise helped this series come to life. Huge thanks to those who help by liking and sharing and retweeting.

Huge thanks to the sponsors for their generous support of this new series and their commitment to the community and the arts.

Thursday is nearly here. Please come out, have a coffee, some cake, and give these fantastic writers a great audience.

Thanks everyone!

(updated May 1)

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Ore interview with Garry Thomas Morse

... has been posted over on Ore Samples. The April 28 series launch is coming up fast. Hats off to the great bunch of writers, community leaders, and sponsors involved in getting the series on its feet and to everyone who has shown interest. Here's the fabulous line-up and details for the inaugural Ore.

Garry Thomas Morse is the author of five poetry titles and four fiction titles, notably Governor General’s Award poetry finalist Discovery Passages about his ancestral Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations myth, history, and fallout of the potlatch ban. Morse’s latest poetry title Prairie Harbour features a long poem set in Saskatchewan, and includes an interlude about fur trade history in Manitoba. He currently resides in Winnipeg.

Glenda Walker-Hobbs helped co-found the Flin Flon Writers Guild and serves as its secretary. She is a member of the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Writers Guilds. She is co-facilitator of The Advanced Poets Group at Writers Village University. She has published seven books of poetry, most recently Shadows to Sunlight and has had prose and poetry published in various anthologies.  She currently has two poetry books and two novels in progress.

Kevin Imrie was born in Flin Flon, MB and raised in the neighbouring town of Creighton, SK. A long-time musician, Kevin developed a passion for writing in his early twenties, moving sporadically from poetry to short fiction. He has studied at the University of Saskatchewan, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Education at the University College of the North in The Pas, MB.

(updated April 20)