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

Monday, May 23, 2011

Two recent EB100 events -- a brief report

Music and Painting: On 5 May 2011, the folks from Scotia Festival of Music went to the Great Village School, along with the Halifax ensemble The Blue Engine String Quartet, to hold a morning of painting and music session with the children (Grades Primary to Four). While the children painted posters for Scotia Festival, the quartet played the music of Mozart, Handel and others. It was a lively, fun morning for everyone and some fabulous works of art were created. Here is a glimpse of the gathering.

Photo by Linda Shears

The 2011 season of Scotia Festival of Music begins on 29 May in Halifax, N.S. This year there will be five special concerts in tribute to Elizabeth Bishop, in celebration of her centenary. Check out the schedule for this upcoming season on the Scotia Festival website. We will be posting more information about the concerts in days to come.

A book launch: On Saturday 14 May I had the great delight to launch my new Bishop book, Elizabeth Bishop: Nova Scotia's "Home-Made" Poet, at the Elizabeth Bishop House in Great Village (I had a launch in Halifax a few days earlier, which was also great fun, but it was so nice and right to gather in Bishop's childhood home and share this book with the folks of Great Village). Here are a few images from that day. I want to thank everyone who came out for the launches. You can order the book online at the publisher's website: Nimbus Publishing -- or, if you are in Nova Scotia, pick it up at your local independent bookstore.

Photos by Brenda Barry

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