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

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Nova Scotia stone

Recently, American poet Michael Morse visited Great Village and stayed at the Elizabeth Bishop House. By his account, he had a pleasant time travelling around the area and spending a lot of time by the Bay of Fundy. On his drive back to New York City, where he lives, Michael stopped in Worcester, MA, and visited Bishop's grave in Hope Cemetery. He sent the photo below: a Nova Scotia stone placed on Bishop's gravestone.

Friday, August 22, 2014

In the Village Afternoon -- a few photos of the gathering

EBSNS President Laurie Gunn took these photographs of the "In the Village" Cafe Afternoon at the St. James United Church. Check out the post below this one to learn more about the events of that lively and inspiring afternoon.

We had a good audience who were most appreciative of all excellent presenters. Here we are all enjoying tea and blueberry treats in the cafe.

As emcee, I got to introduce all our young presenters. Here is ten-year-old Anneka Stroinktalking about her experience portraying Elizabeth Bishop in John Scott's short filmsbased on Bishop's poems "First Death in Nova Scotia" and "In the Waiting Room."

Everyone listening attentively.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"In the Village" Afternoon a success

On Sunday, 17 August 2014, the EBSNS hosted a gathering of five young artists at the "In the Village" Cafe in St. James United Church in Great Village. These young artists included: Maria Duynisveld, Libby Schofield, April Sharpe, Laura Sharpe, and Anneke Stroink. We were excited to have an audience of around forty people. The young presenters did a fantastic job, reading Bishop poems and their own work, and talking about their experiences being involved in Bishop activities and projects. I'll be posting some photos of this event soon, but this note is to alert you to a wonderful blog post written by one of our participants, Libby Schofield. I wanted to direct you to her blog and website and urge you to read her most thoughtful essay about her connection to Elizabeth Bishop and Great Village. Thank you, Libby, for your kind words. We are so proud of you and glad to hear that your involvement in the EB100 Writing Competition was so important and meaningful for you. Keep your ears and eyes open for Libby -- she will be doing wonderful things in the future -- as we know all these young women will be.

Libby's blog and website:


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Suzie LeBlanc talks Elizabeth Bishop on Bluenose Opera House, 10 August 2014

On Sunday evening, 10 August 2014, Suzie LeBlanc will be co-host in the first hour of the Bluenose Opera House. She will talk about "I am in need of music," the Elizabeth Bishop legacy recording, and other things musical. You can find out more about the show and how to listen at:

Monday, August 4, 2014

EBSNS presents "In the Village Cafe Afternoon" -- 17 August 2014

The Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia is pleased to host an afternoon in Great Village bringing together several young artists who have been involved in various Elizabeth Bishop projects. The artists involved include: Maria Duynisveld, Libby Schofiield, Laura Sharpe, April Sharpe and Anneke Stroink. The afternoon will take place in the "In the Village Cafe" in St. James Church, Great Village, N.S., at 2:00 p.m. Free admission. Come join us to hear what these young artists are up to and talk with them about their Bishop projects and other creative activities. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Short Notice -- for our OTTAWA Readers (and those within reach thereof...)

August 2nd, 12pm 
Ottawa Chamberfest, Ottawa 

Suzie LeBlanc – Soprano
Mark Simons – clarinet
Pedja Muzijevic – piano


 John Plant Sandpiper (based on a poem by Elizabeth Bishop)
Christos Hatzis Four Songs on Poems by Elizabeth Bishop 
Saul Irving Glick Suite Hebraïque
Franz Schubert Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock)

VENUE/LIEU: Dominion-Chalmers United Church 355 Cooper Street Ottawa ON K2P 0G8 PRICE/PRIX: $30 General Admission
CONTACT: 613-234-6306

ANAPHORA (Elizabeth Bishop)

Each day with so much ceremony
begins, with birds, with bells,
with whistles from a factory;
such white-gold skies our eyes
first open on, such brilliant walls
that for a moment we wonder
'Where is the music coming from, the energy?