Helga Parekh – Surrey Muse

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Helga Parekh is a writer, artist, sculptor, potter, and a performer. Her poems have appeared in various publications, the latest being Saving Seeds (New West Writers, 2014), and her poems were the finalists in the Burnaby Writers Society annual writing contest in 2012. She has illustrated a children’s book ‘Ramya’s Stars’ by Mala Ashok. It was published by Pratham Books, a not-for-profit organization in India, in multiple Indian languages to promote reading among children. It is available in Hindi and English at the Surrey Libraries.

Helga is a member of New West Writers, a member and sometimes facilitator of Renaissance Book Writers, and one of the most valued members of Surrey Muse where she has supported the group since 2011 by her inspiring contributions as poet, performer, organizer, open mic opener and host.

At this time, Helga is working on a book of poems that also may contain her illustrative art.

Contact Helga
helgaparekh@yahoo.com

At the April 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Helga will open the open Mic Session. More information on the event is here:
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Alan Hill – Surrey Muse

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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.

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Contact Alan
AHill@richmond.ca

At the February 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Alan will present some of his new poems. More about the event is here:
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November 28 Gathering of Surrey Muse – Third Anniversary Celebration

33rd Gathering

SM-11-28-2014

November 28
3rd Anniversary Extended Open Mic
Featured Presenters
Ghia Aweida, Pamela Bentley, Sonja Grgar, Alan Hill
Ibrahim Honjo, Sana Janjua, Franci Louanne, Jonina Lynn Kirton
Manolis, Helga Parekh, Randeep Purewall, Fauzia Rafique

Host
Mariam Zohra D.

Room 418 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
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October 24 Gathering of Surrey Muse – Tribute to Valerie B-Taylor

32nd Gathering

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Author Antonia Levi
Poet Frances Cabahug
Performer Mariam Zohra D.
Open mic Opener Randeep Purewall
Readings from the work of: Valerie B-Taylor
Host Helga Parekh

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Lavana La Brey – Surrey Muse

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Lavana was born in Edmonton and has lived in British Columbia for most of her life. The co-owner of Renaissance Bookstore in New Westminster with John Preston for over 18 years, Lavana has provided a (free) home to various art and literary activities including literature critique groups, book launches, and music / spoken word open mic events. Her role is pivotal in the development of art and literature in New Westminster where she has facilitated the finding of various art, music and poetry groups.

A budding guitarist and song-writer, Lavana has been a regular participant at the Songwriters Open Mic held weekly at Renaissance Books for the past year. Her songs are rooted in country music but her lyrics allude to varied themes where she freely places herself as an independent mixed race city gal with no pretensions of being anything but.

Lavana also enjoys painting and writing poetry.

Visit Lavana at Ren Books
http://www.renaissancebookstore.com/

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Sadhu Binning – Surrey Muse

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Sadhu was born in 1947 in Punjab, India and moved to Canada in 1967. A retired UBC language instructor, Sadhu has authored and co-authored more than seventeen books of poetry, fiction, plays, translations and research and his works have been included in over forty such anthologies in Punjabi and English. He edited a literary monthly Watno Dur and co-edits a quarterly, Watan. He is a founding member of “Vancouver Sath,” a theatre collective and Ankur,  an English language-magazine.

He sat on the BC Arts Board from 1993 to 1995. As an active member of Punjabi Language Education Association, he has been promoting Punjabi language in educational institutions in BC for the last two and a half decades.

Selected Publications:

Novel:
– Jugtoo, 2002;

Poetry:
– Yaar Mera Driya, 2001;
– No More Watno Dur a bilingual collection, 1994;
– Rishte Dariawan De, 1991;
– Jangal De Virudh, 1986;
– Sone Rangi Sarak, 1976

Short Stories:
– Fauji Banta Singh and other stories, (A Collection in English) 2014
– Katha Canada, Co-Edited, 2000;
– Lihon Lathe, 1994/2001;
– Kis Da Kasur, 1982

Plays:
– Latan de Bhoot Co-authored 2001
– Picket Line, Co-authored, 1995.
– Research / Translations:
– Nastik Bani, 2012;
– Sangharash De Sau Vre, Co-authored, 2000.
– Vot Da hak, Co- Authored, 1997.
– Budh Dhillon, From English into Punjabi, 2002;
– Maluka, Co-Translated a novel from English into Punjabi, 1988.

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September 26 Gathering of Surrey Muse

31st Gathering

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Author Sadhu Binning
Poet Lydia Kwa
Performer Lavana La Brey
Open mic Opener Mariam Zohra D.
Booksigning Author Ghia Aweida
Host Sonja Grgar

Room 418 – City Centre branch
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