Patricia A. Donahue – Surrey Muse

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Patricia is an author, an educator, a psychotherapist and a sailor. She has published three novels Mighty Orion – Accord (2017), Mighty Orion – Fate (2013) and Mighty Orion – Secrets (2011). Her writings have appeared in academic journals (psychology), and in anthologies, magazines and newspapers. Her several years of teaching at university included course-units in formal and creative writing at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan (Continuing Studies). The showcased author for UBC-O’s Fifth Year Anniversary celebrations, she was also chosen for the Okanagan Literary Arts Award, representing BC’s interior region, in 2012. Patricia has been a presenter/panelist at the Shuswap Writers Festival, the Kamloops Writers Festival, and the Vernon Writers Festival.

Born on the eastern seaboard of Canada, she grew up in a large bilingual family of gregarious storytellers, singers, and adventurers. She has raised three children on her own and is a practicing psychotherapist. She now resides in White Rock, BC.

More about Patricia is here
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Contact Patricia
xdonahue@shaw.ca

At the February 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Patricia will be the BookSigning Author. More about the event is here:
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Mohamad Kebbewar – Surrey Muse

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Mohamad Kebbewar is an Aleppo-born Syrian Canadian poet, fiction writer and designer. His poems and short stories have been featured in various literary publications across the country, and he has presented his work at many gatherings in Metro Vancouver and Calgary. At this time, he is putting together the first collection of his poetry.

Mohamad immigrated to Canada when he was 19, settling in Montreal where he earned a B.A. in History at Concordia University. He says: ‘My poetry deals mostly with the Syrian conflict and my frustration at the silence of the international community.’

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Mustapha Makhdoom (the metronomad) – Surrey Muse

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Mustapha Makhdoom is a South Asian Canadian singer and songwriter working out of Edmonton. He picked up a guitar in the second year of college and that changed everything. He introduced his brand The Metronomad and launched his first collection of songs ‘Opening Doors’. Mustapha combines the poetic and musical traditions of Sindhi and Urdu into his lyrics and tunes. He has performed at various venues in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Now he is working to produce a second collection of his songs.

While Mustapha admits reverence to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, Muse, Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Jack White and Paco de Lucia, the pivotal musical influence for him may have been his own father Zahid Makhdoom, a ‘hobby’ singer of revolutionary poetry who has an amazing voice and an undying passion for singing.

Visit Mustapha’s web page
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February 24 Gathering of Surrey Muse

57th Gathering

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Author Nasreen Pejvack
Poet Alan Hill
Performer Mustapha Makhdoom
Open Mic Opener Mohamad Kebbewar
BookSigning Author Patricia A. Donahue
Featured Art by Ed Kuris
Host Helga Parekh

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January 27 Gathering of Surrey Muse

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January 27
Author LP Wallinger
Poet Manolis
Performer Enrico Renz
Open Mic Opener Randeep Purewall
Host Fauzia Rafique

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

Book Table
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Free event
Donations welcome

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Rubbina Gogi, a Pakistani Italian painter.

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Surrey Muse Program – January to June 2017

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January – June 2017
Session 11

January 27
Author LP Wallinger
Poet Manolis
Performer Enrico Renz
Open Mic Opener Randeep Purewall
Host Fauzia Rafique

February 24
Author Nasreen Pejvack
Poet Alan Hill
Performer Mustapha Makhdoom
Open Mic Opener Mohamad Kebbewar
Host Helga Parekh

March 24
Author Ruth Kozak
Poet Joìniìna Kirton
Performer Sonja Grgar
Open Mic Opener Idrian Burgos
Host Sana Janjua

April 28
Author Margo Prentice
Poet dn simmers
Performer Sherry Duggal
Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh
Host Joanne Arnott (uc)

May 26
Author Alan Girling
Poet Fiona Tin Wei Lam
Performer Sana Janjua
Open Mic Opener Katheren Szabo
Host Mariam Zohra

June 23
Author (SheLa) Nefertiti Morrison
Poet Lakshami Gill
Performer Mariam Zohra
Open Mic Opener Malik Mohamed (uc)
Host Sonja Grgar

Surrey Muse program is put together twice a year for two sessions, January-June and July-November. Participants are invited based on a Recommendations List where names and email addresses are collected throughout the year. To be on the recommendations list, or to recommend someone else, send us an email message at:
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Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL) with VG PlayRoom at Camp Alexandra – Feb to June 2017

Surrey Muse At Large is commencing it’s first session in January, with regular programming from February to June 2017, in partnership with Virginia Gillespie’s VG Playroom at Alexandra Neighbourhood House.

Surrey Muse At Large is an attempt to take a shorter form of Surrey Muse programming out of libraries and into communities that may not be able to otherwise access it. The concept is two-fold: to provide an interdisciplinary art and literature presentation stage with a discussion component to the local community of writers, readers and performers; and, to provide it long enough so that the possibility of emerging localized presentation groups becomes stronger. As well, the concept benefits presenting poets, authors, artists and performers by opening new audiences and communities to their work.

SMAL at Camp Alexandra will be of two hour duration, with shorter presentation and discussion time slots but ample Open Mic. We’ll be engaged at the location from November, and before beginning regular SMAL programming in February, we’ll launch a couple of poetry books by local authors in January, introduce SMAL, and get input from the participants. At the end of the June gathering, the local group may decide to continue in their favored ways.

We are privileged to be working with Virginia Gillespie, who, among other things, is passionate about combining word, sound and image- she had been working on different projects to bring various forms and expressions together, and having SMAL at Camp A is a step in her continuing journey. Through VG PlayRoom, Virginia offers a larger vision in community building and organizing, of which, this year, SMAL is a part. Surrey Muse has supported VG PlayRoom to apply for a cultural grant from City of Surrey to help engage Surrey’s diverse arts communities. As well, we share Virginia’s desire to re-vitalize the Camp A community by generating regular art and literary activities at that historic location.

SMAL is one of the two projects that Surrey Muse had initiated in 2016 to celebrate our Fifth Anniversary this month. The other project was the July-October trial run of Surrey Muse Writers to determine if there was need for a drop-in critique group for writers in Surrey. Surrey Muse Writers will continue once-a-month on regular basis from Spring 2017.

For more information and feedback
VG PlayRoom : vgplayroom@gmail.com
Surrey Muse : surrey.muse@gmail.com

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Fauzia Rafique
Coordinator, Surrey Muse

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