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

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Celebration of Creativity Day in Great Village, N.S.


On Saturday, 18 May 2013, the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia will host a “Celebration of Creativity Day” at the Great Village School gymnasium. The day will begin with morning workshops (9:30 to 11:30 a.m.) for Grades 3-6 and Grades 7-9 with award-winning illustrators and authors Susan Tooke and Richard Rudnicki (spaces are limited). Afternoon festivities kick off at 12:30 p.m. The Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia will unveil a permanent banner for Great Village with artwork done by a local young artist and will launch a virtual website of art work by 200 young people in Colchester County (www.imagesofmyvillage.com). After celebratory cake and ice cream, Colchester County fitness instructor Celeste Chesal will get everyone dancing with “Music and Motion.” There will also be face painting with Halifax writer and artist Susan Kerslake. Susan Tooke and Richard Rudnicki will be in attendance with their books, which will be for sale. They will do a book signing.

Banner and virtual exhibition background:
In the fall of 2012, the EBSNS requested all students in Colchester County to create and submit an “Image of My Village” to be part of a virtual exhibition. Approximately 200 images were submitted. The EBSNS, in partnership with Nathan McDonald and Riley MacDonald, two media arts students at the Nova Scotia Community College, Truro Campus, through their Capstone programme, created a virtual exhibition of all submissions (www.imagesofmyvillage.com). The EBSNS assembled a panel of judges from the community to select one image, from a young person directly connected to Great Village, to be a permanent banner for Great Village.

You can also check out this information and learn more about the EBSNS on the EBSNS website: www.elizabethbishopns.org 

This Celebration Day is part of the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Legacy programme of the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

“Walking With EB” – Help support an exciting new documentary!!

Visual artist, videographer and film-maker Linda Rae Dornan, of Sackville, New Brunswick, is creating a wonderful new documentary, “Walking With EB.” She and Canadian sporano Suzie LeBlanc spent time on the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland in 2008 re-tracing Elizabeth Bishop’s walking tour of 1932.

Linda has reached the post-production stage and is doing a crowd-source fund-raising campaign on Indigogo. You can find out more about this campaign and about Linda’s delightful, funny, moving, inspiring (I have seen the draft version) documentary if you click on the link below.

"Walking With EB"

Friday, April 19, 2013

Joanna Cooper’s blog post about the Elizabeth Bishop House

Elizabeth Bishop House, Great Village, N.S.

On 11 April 2013, American writer, poet, blogger Joanna Cooper posted a reflection about her time at the Elizabeth Bishop House on her blog Tattycoram: Poems, Prose and Noticings. Check it out:

Joanna has a book coming out with Brooklyn Arts Press:


Friday, April 12, 2013

Suzie LeBlanc talks about Elizabeth Bishop at Ottawa Chamber Festival

On Wednesday, 31 July 2013, at 5:45 p.m., at the Dominion-Chalmers United Church in Ottawa, Ontario, Suzie LeBlanc (http://www.suzieleblanc.com) will be giving a short talk about the Elizabeth Bishop Legacy Recording. Suzie is taking part in the Ottawa Chamber Festival, 25 July to 8 August 2013. This talk is part of what the festival calls “Siskind Snapshots.” Suzie’s main concert, “The Awakened Rose,” will happen the next day, 1 August 2013. Click the link to see the full line-up of this impressive festival. We are delighted that Suzie will have a chance to spread the word about the Elizabeth Bishop music to this dedicated, appreciative audience. We are on track to launch the Elizabeth Bishop Legacy Recording in early fall. Stay tuned for updates. -- http://www.ottawachamberfest.com/concerts

 Suzie LeBlanc in Toronto, fall 2012, at a fund-raiser for the Elizabeth Bishop Legacy Recording
Haligonians will get to hear Suzie very soon. On Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., 21 April 2013, Suzie joins with Opera Nova Scotia in a concert performance of selections from Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande, taking place at the Lilian Percy Concert Hall in Halifax. -- http://www.nsopera.org/