"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Poetry Reading at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival – Profile of Libby Schofield

One of the exciting events that will take place at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival on 8 August 2015 will be a morning poetry reading with Joanne Light, Chad Norman, Andrew Daniel Patterson and Libby Schofield. This post is a profile of Libby Schofield. 


Libby Schofield is a blogger and author from a small community in mainland Nova Scotia. She currently resides in Halifax where she studies at the University of King’s College. She has been writing poems and short stories for as long as she can remember, and is usually working on one novel idea or another. Her work has appeared online, in magazines, in three Canadian anthologies, and she wrote the narration and synopsis for a local rendition of The Nutcracker.

Her anthology The Night is Starry: A Collection of Poems and Short Stories was released August 14, 2013. Her short story “The Carpenter” was released as an ebook in June 2014.

She has a passion for gender portrayal in media, including books, and hopes to incorporate healthy ideas about gender and body image into her own writing. Not every woman needs a prince to have a happily ever after, and there are more things than physical beauty and heteronormative romance to make a good story. Seeing different types of women and men who may or may not conform to gender roles is important in creating a positive idea of gender, and having diverse character portrayals spanning gender, sex, race, class, and age.

Libby is deeply in love with Nova Scotia and her rural community. The Elizabeth Bishop festival in 2011 prompted her to write about her hometown for the first time, and she has since made Nova Scotia and home a theme in many aspects of her writing. After moving to Halifax for university, she has been struck by the difference between country and city life. She enjoys telling any city person who will listen about what it’s like making maple syrup, having cows in front of your high school, and living in a place with no stop lights.

Her interests include classic and nerdy novels, gender studies, teen writers and artists, cats, history, and the mass consumption of chocolate and tea. She shares her opinions on everything from feminism to university life on her blog (https://libbyschofield.wordpress.com/) and is always looking for new people to connect with.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Gathering Place for Artisans and Artists: The Elizabeth Bishop Festival Market

One of the main features of the Elizabeth Bishop Festival taking place in GV on 8 August 2015 is the “Festival Market,” where over a dozen artists and artisans will gather to share their creations. We will be profiling these artists and artisans over the next few months. This post is a profile of painter Andrew Meredith.

Andrew’s passion for art came early in life, surrounded by the colours and beauty of Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy, where Andrew was born. Andrew has had his art in galleries across Canada. In 2003 his artwork was featured at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. In 2011 Andrew created several images of the Elizabeth Bishop House. Part of the proceeds of the sale of prints of these paintings went to support the house
Andrew's charming painting of the Elizabeth Bishop House for his 2011 fund-raiser.

To view more of Andrew’s artwork check, go to his website

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Poetry Reading at EB Festival – Profile of Joanne Light

One of the exciting events that will take place at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival on 8 August 2015 will be a morning poetry reading with Joanne Light, Chad Norman, Andrew Daniel Patterson and Libby Schofield. This profile is of writer Joanne Light.
Joanne Light is a Nova Scotian writer, most recently of “In and Out of the Box/Stories of Teaching and Travelling”; Suzie, an Orphan Orangutan/A Very Sad and a Little Bit Happy Story; and Nomos: Shaping the Land/Physis: that Shapes Us. She has attended The Banff Centre literary arts program in the Advanced Writing Seminar and the Wired Writing Studio (in 2008 and 2010). She has published in Newfoundland Quarterly, Arc Poetry Magazine, Grain, Pierian Spring, Pottersfield Portfolio among others, and has performed in Saint John, Fredericton, northern Saskatchewan, Toronto at The Art Bar, Montreal at Idle No More Poetry, and in Halifax at the Lilah Kemp Reading Series.Joanne was a regular artist in residence at Elizabeth Bishop House Artist Retreat.

After Judy McFarlane heard Joanne read, she wrote: “Recently, I attended the Wired Writing program at the Banff Centre. Every few days, we had a reading night. We heard many wonderful pieces, but for me, one of the real highlights was hearing Joanne Light read/perform her poems. From the moment she announced the title, her  poems grabbed my attention, held it throughout, made me laugh, cry, moved me more than I thought possible. Her work is insightful, honest, funny, and, in my opinion, brilliant.”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Poetry reading at EB Festival: Profile of Andrew Daniel Patterson

One of the exciting events that will take place at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival on 8 August 2015 will be a morning poetry reading with Joanne Light, Chad Norman, Andrew Daniel Patterson and Libby Schofield. This post is a profile of Andrew Daniel Patterson.

Andrew Patterson (http://andrewdanielpatterson.com/artistCV) is a writer/reader/listener living in Halifax, N.S. His poetry has been featured locally in The Periodical Project and The Impressment Gang, as well as abroad in Chicago’s The Hypocrite Reader. His most recent projects include a three-week residency at The School Of Making Thinking in East Branch, New York, and a public engagement audio piece as part of Secret Theatre’s Secret Residency in Halifax. Currently, Andrew is focusing on visual poetry, learning the art of letterpress at NSCAD’s Dawson Print Shop and developing a piece commissioned for a public sculpture to be mounted in early 2015.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

“Writing the World” – Conversations with writers at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival

One of the afternoon events at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival in Great Village, N.S., on 8 August 2015, is a conversation with four exceptional writers: John Barnstead, Binnie Brennan, Carole Langille and Harry Thurston. This conversation will be moderated by yours truly.

We will be profiling all these writers as the winter and spring progresses. This post features writer and sculptor Carole Langille.

Carole Glasser Langille is the author of four books of poetry, a collection of short stories and two children’s books and has been nominated for The Governor General’s Award in poetry, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, long-listed for the ReLit award in fiction, and has received “Our Choice Award” from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. In 2013 she was awarded The Established Artist Recognition Award. Carole has given readings and workshops in South Africa, India, Kauai and Paris. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S. [Ed. Note: I have just learned from Carole that her collection of linked short stories I am what I am because you are what you are has been accepted by award-winning Nova Scotia publisher Gaspereau Press. It will appear in the fall of 2015.]
Carole in front of Shakespeare and Co., Paris
Carole is also a sculptor who makes use of one of the most expressive natural mediums in Nova Scotia: driftwood. Her whimsical driftwood people will be exhibited at the Craig Gallery (http://www.alderneylanding.com/gallery/), Dartmouth, N.S., from 24 June to 5 July 2015. The opening takes place Wednesday, 24 June, at 7 p.m. She will bring some of this cast of characters to the Elizabeth Bishop Festival.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Poetry Reading at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival

One of the many exciting events that will take place at the Elizabeth Bishop Festival on 8 August 2015 will be a morning poetry reading with Joanne Light, Chad Norman, Andrew Patterson and Libby Schofield. We will be profiling each of these artists in the next weeks. This post is a profile of Chad Norman.


Chad Norman resides in Truro, N.S. His poems have appeared in literary publications around the world. His collection, Masstown, which celebrates the once-thriving family-owned dairy farm industry of that area, came out in 2013 from Black Moss Press (http://blackmosspress.com/chad-norman/). A new collection, Book of Awe, poems which capture the state of awe through a return to gardening, is due out Fall 2015, again from Black Moss Press.
Chad has published fifteen books of poetry in a career that spans twenty-five years. He has won the B.C. Writers’ Poetry Contest, as well as the Gwendolyn MacEwen Memorial Award.


Monday, March 9, 2015

Our Amsterdam Correspondent writes --

Poetry and madness

Book Week Meeting in collaboration with the Illustrious School

A Reading
Madness is the theme of Book Week 2015. Because poetry and madness are an excellent combination, join us in an analysis and audience discussion of four works, on March 12, 2015, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., at SPUI 25 (Spui 25-27 1012 XM Amsterdam T: +31 (0) 20 525 8142):

[1]  Dr. Gaston Franssen, lecturer in Literary culture
- At Rika by Piet Paaltjens, the alter ego of the Leiden student and pastor Haverschmidt François (1835-1894)

[2]  Dr. Henk van der Liet, Professor of Scandinavian language and culture
- Bor Her (Living here) by the Danish rapper Raske Penge

[3]  Dr. Hanneke Rumped, Assistant Professor of Literature
- One Art by Elizabeth Bishop

[4]  Dr. Irene Zwiep, Professor of Hebrew, Aramaic and Syriac languages ​​and cultures)
- Madness in love by Moses ibn Ezra (Granada, 1055/60-Castile, 1138)

Access to the activities of SPUI25 is free, but registration is required: spui25@uva.nl | T: 020 525 8142.