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

Saturday, June 4, 2011

It Must Be Nova Scotia: Negotiating Place in the Writings of Elizabeth Bishop

If the amazing Elizabeth Bishop tribute concerts happening now during Scotia Festival of Music are not enough Bishop celebration for Nova Scotians, we are about to host a group of Bishop scholars and devoted readers from around the world for "It Must Be Nova Scotia: Negotiating Place In the Writings of Elizabeth Bishop," a symposium taking place from 9-12 June, 2011, at University of King's College in Halifax. Find out more information about the symposium here.

The symposium starts on Thursday evening with a Scotia Festival concert featuring the world premiere of a setting of Bishop's poem "Brazil, January 1st, 1502" by composer and musician Dinuk Wijeratne. There are three days of amazing presentations, conversations, round tables, and two keynote addresses by Irish writer Colm Toibin and Quebec writer Marie Claire Blais.

We are even exporting the whole event to Great Village -- a session will take place in St. James Church in Great Village, N.S., on Saturday, 11 June 2011, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

At this mid-way point in the celebrations of the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary, Halifax is the place to be!

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