September 28 Gathering of Surrey Muse

75th Gathering

September 28, 2018
Author Malcolm van Delst
Poet Wil George
Performer Endangered Species
Open Mic Opener Saroop Soofi
Booksigning Author Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Featured Art by Christi Belcourt
Host David Macilwain

5:30 – 8:30 PM
Room 405 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Open Mic
Book Table
Refreshments

Free event
Donations welcome

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Featured Art by Christi Belcourt – ‘New Beginnings’

New Beginnings
Acrylic on Canvas, 48″ x 72″
By Christi Belcourt & Isaac Murdoch

‘The strawberry has always been a symbol of life and happiness for the Ojibway. For many, its called the ‘Heart Berry’ and is a huge part in the Anishinabek Burial Rites. They say that the Milky Way is a path that leads to a New Beginning after we pass away.

‘On this path, it is said a huge Strawberry will be seen on the second day of this journey. This is where we will see fully that Birth, Life, Death and Rebirth are all interconnected and all the same. Time doesn’t exist there… Only life.

‘By praying to the Strawberry we send our petitions into all living things that surround us.’

Commisioned by the Wabano Center, Ottawa

The painting features on
August 2018 poster of Surrey Muse.


Poster designed by Surrey Muse art director Mariam Zohra.

View Christi’s art practices
christibelcourt.com/cv
Contact Christi
belcourtart@hotmail.com
@christibelcourt

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Mandeep Wirk – Surrey Muse

Mandeep Wirk is a writer and social activist who also works as a visual artist, photographer and educator. Her writings have appeared in various publications in Lowermainland including the new anthology ‘Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food‘. The founder of Facebook Page: Art and Culture in Surrey, Mandeep feels that it is important for her to voice her thoughts, ideas, and feelings to challenge social issues such as racism to help foster human rights for everyone including women. She says: ‘By sharing our views with each other, hopefully we can arrive at some solutions to make this a better world for everyone to thrive in.‘ Mandeep was born in Kenya and as a child she immigrated with her family to England. Then in 1972, the year that multiculturalism became official policy in Canada and the doors of immigration opened up to people of color, she immigrated again with her family settling in British Columbia. At this time, Mandeep is working on a book of non-fiction which is ‘a memoir of sorts’, and she is busy creating a set of new paintings.

Mandeep’s Facebook page
Art-and-Culture-in-Surrey
Contact Mandeep
wirkmandy@icloud.com

At the August 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Mandeep will begin the Open Mic Session. More information about the event is here:
august-24-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Tony Morris – Surrey Muse

Portrait by Stan Magendanz

Tony Morris is an academic psychologist turned musician who has in the last three years created 400 tracks on Soundcloud. Many of his tracks have been played on radio stations throughout Europe and by DJs across Europe at club events. He anchors a monthly radio show on 199Radio where he interviews musicians involved in the Glasgow Underground Electronic music scene. Tony describes his music as ‘the deconstruction of the concept of a song using distorted vocals and electronic accompaniment‘. He has collaborated with many musicians including Stanmagendanz and Simon Irvine in Australia, Alfonso Llorente Sardi in Columbia, Gwen Pettigrew in Wales, Darryl Lucas in England, Mu in Scotland, Patrick Shand in Glasgow, Muterial in England, Robert Knote in Germany, Les Rollins USA. One of Tony’s ‘very favorite’ collaborators is Mariam Zohra (and ‘PYRUVICACID’ who made a youTube video of one their songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtH8uIDdFCI). Tony is a Member of the British Psychological Society and a founder member of its History and Philosophy Section. Over the last 4 decades he has been a teacher, lecturer, accountant, taxi driver and nowadays a full time daydreamer. At the moment his obsession is to improve the quality of sound in his work.

More about Tony
soundcloud.com/tony-morris
Contact Tony
tony.morris6@ntlworld.com

At the August 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Tony will be our Featured Performer via Skype from Glasgow, UK. More information about the event is here:
august-24-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Yilin Wang – Surrey Muse

Yilin Wang is a fiction writer, poet and editor who has been published in various literary journals and anthologies including The Best of Abyss & Apex Vol.2, and, Grain, Contemporary Verse 2, Room, LooseLeaf Magazine, The Tyee, and Business Insider. Her short story ‘Drifters’ was a finalist in The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction in 2018. Yilin is a Creative Writing MFA candidate at UBC, and she serves as a programming committee member for Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival. She was the assistant editor for two issues of Room ‘Let’s Make Contact’ (40.4) and ‘Magic’ (42.1). She is an experienced tutor and educator of literary arts, a content strategist, and a Chinese-English translator. At this time, Yilin is working on a fantasy novel inspired by Chinese martial arts legends, and she is writing a collection of short stories about travel and displacement. Now in Vancouver, Yilin has lived in China, the U.S., Scotland, and Canada.

More about Yilin
www.yilinwang.com
Find her on Twitter
@yilinwriter

At the August 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Yilin will be the Featured Author. More information about the event is here:
august-24-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Katzie,
Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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August 24 Gathering of Surrey Muse

74th Gathering

August 24, 2018
Author Yilin Wang
Poet Aidan Chaffe
Performer Tony Morris (via Skype)
Open Mic Opener Mandeep Wirk
Booksigning Author Alan Hill
Featured Art by Christi Belcourt
Host Mariam Zohra D.

5:30 – 8:30 PM
Room 405 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Open Mic
Refreshments
Book Table
Free event
Donations welcome

Updates will be posted here
Program
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Gatherings

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded territories of the
Kwantlen, Katzie, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Sultan Somjee – Surrey Muse

Sultan Somjee with a Pokot elder, holding a peace staff and
leaves of the peace tree.

Sultan Somjee is an author, curator and ethnographer who has published four books including ‘Home Between Crossings’ (2016), ‘Bead Bai’ (2013) and ‘Material Culture of Kenya’ (1994). For over three decades, Sultan worked on indigenous knowledge for education. Later, in the 1990s, when conflicts plagued eastern Africa, he looked towards indigenous traditions of conflict resolution. This led him to build village museums of peace as grassroots civil societies providing spaces for dialogue through performances and displays of indigenous heritages of peace. Today, there are sixteen community based Museums of Peace in Kenya managed by curators trained by Sultan. His lifetime work in Kenya has been the subject of doctoral researches here at UBC and elsewhere. In 2001, the United Nations named him one among the twelve global ‘Unsung Heroes of Dialogue Among Civilizations’, and in 2002, he was appointed as a member to the Global Advisory Board of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies.

More about Dr. Sultan Somjee
kitaab.org
Contact Dr. Somjee
fssomjee@gmail.com

At the July 27 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sultan Somjee will be the Featured Author. More information about the event is here:
july-27-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Katzie,
Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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