Alan Hill is a poet and an effortless community developer who has been selected this year as the Poet Laureate of the City of New Westminster. Alan has published two collections of his poetry, The Broken Word (Silverbow 2013) and The Upstairs Country. His poems have appeared in various anthologies including the 2007 ‘Rocksalt’ Anthology of BC poets, and in numerous literary publications in Canada, USA and the UK. He has served as a Director on the Executive Board of the Federation of BC Writers, and as a member at Royal City Literary Arts Society. He has appeared at both ‘Word on The Street’ and ‘Summer Dreams’ festivals, and at different literary events throughout the Lower Mainland.
Alan is an England-born Welsh guy who after leaving school at sixteen, traveled extensively and worked in jobs ranging from renovating old graveyards to working in a jellybean factory before eventually studying at the University Of Leeds. While working in Botswana in 2005, Alan met his Vietnamese Canadian wife-to-be. He moved to Canada, and has been living here since.
At the February 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Alan will present some of his new poems. More about the event is here: