Malcolm van Delst – Surrey Muse


‘Malcolm van Delst stands out as a lazy writer in a profession
notorious for idlers and bums. She crowd-sourced this bio. She is
a lady who codes, a sometime bitcoin miner fond of get-rich-quick
schemes, and has a knack for dramatifying.’

Malcolm van Delst is a poet, novelist and web designer/developer who is passionate about writing, acting and filmmaking. She began her novel Do the Wrong Thing three years ago during Nanowrimo, and it is expected to come out later this year with another book titled The Low Self-Esteem Reading Room. Her stories and poems have been published at various zines including Tenement; she has appeared in Fringe plays; and, she had the 12th most viewed video at CBC’s now defunct site, Zed. Malcolm works with Vancouver Writers Group where she has created and continue to run a bi-weekly reading, writing and podcasting group and a bi-weekly Let’s Get Visible, self-Publishing and marketing Group. She has an English Literature degree from McMaster University, and diplomas in computer graphics, multimedia, and integrated media from various institutions including Emily Carr Institute where she later taught. Her favorite writers are Doris Lessing, Karl Ove Knausgaard and Sherman Alexie. For the next couple of years, Malcolm intends to increase her publishing pace, write more, read at more events, work on her idea of a one-woman play, and, begin a second novel that will ‘experiment more with form’. Malcolm wrote her first story at eight- and it was about a rabbit meeting a butterfly.

Contact Malcolm
malcolm.8@gmail.com

At the July 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Malcolm will be begin the Open Mic Session with a reading from her novel Do the Wrong Thing. More about the event is here: july-28-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Ajay Bhardwaj – Surrey Muse

Watching Anand Patwardhan’s documentaries
in the 1980’s and 90’s, I nurtured a desire to be
a documentary filmmaker. However, it was only after
working with the mainstream television in Delhi
for almost a decade that I could finally step into
the world of documentary filmmaking in 1997.

Ajay Bhardwaj is a South Asian filmmaker, a UBC Public Scholar, and an arts activist who has made films in Punjabi, Hindi and English. He has produced a dozen documentaries exploring different aspects of equality in South Asia. His Hindi film, A Minute of Silence, is a ‘guerilla’ documentary on the martyrdom of Chandrashekhar Prasad (a former President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s student union) that highlighted some of the basic fault-lines of Indian politics and society. Ajay’s next project was a decade long engagement with the state of the Punjab interrogating all its mainstream narratives of culture, politics, history and identity; the result was a set of three documentaries, now called the Punjab Triology. His interest in politics and the arts found expression in an early engagement with the agit-prop theatre— a street theatre, in Delhi. At this time, Ajay is a PhD candidate at the UBC’s department of Asian Studies.

Visit Ajay’s web page
ajaybhardwaj.in
Contact Ajay
ajayunmukt@gmail.com

At the July 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Ajay will be our Featured Performer and he will present clips from his Punjab Trilogy of documentaries ‘to mark the 70th anniversary of Partition’ (of India in 1947). More about the event is here: july-28-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Rob Zeer – Painter


I strive to reflect the true essence
of whatever I paint as authentically and honestly as possible.
The process of finding the personal technical skills
and inner-place to achieve this is my highest artistic endeavor
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Born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Rob Zeer has painted and exhibited throughout Canada and Europe. He is a self taught artist with ‘minor study’ at the University of Calgary and Alberta College of Art. After years of painting & exhibiting large canvases he has recently returned to drawing on paper with mixed-media colouring using crayons, fluorescent-felts, acrylics etc. These works are smaller and more spontaneous, experimental & fun. He is inspired by a wide range of painters and styles ‘starting at the impressionists, Canadian Group of Seven, early 1900 expressionistic figurative, certain abstract, more recently the German Blaue Reiter expressionism… the list is long!’ Rob now lives and works in Germany.

Rob drew often as a kid with his first painting done in high-school art class, and from there it became a major passion. ‘One of the first few talents I had was art.’ Rob says, ‘We tend to express ourselves in the areas that we’re good at. Since embarking seriously as an artist it has been a long tough journey of trying to perfect my expression. When others appreciate the product of my efforts it is very fulfilling.’

There is another art form that Rob also practices: ‘I am an avid meditator. The goal of meditation is similar to art… one’s inner true-self experience & expression beyond the mind.’

For more information
Facebook.com/PG/zeer.art

Art by Rob Zeer
Features on the
July 2017 poster
of Surrey Muse

This painting is titled
Redland
(large 100x150cm)
It was created in 2012 for the True Realm Art series
done in Munich with artist John Gamble-Pogue.

‘Redland’ is part of five paintings
that will be featured on our posters
for the July-November 2017 session.
Thank you, Rob Zeer, for letting us
feature your art on Surrey Muse posters.

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Malik Mohamed – Surrey Muse

I declare war on disease

Malik Mohamed is a firebrand poet and performer who has (hand) written over 100 poems, and he remembers most by heart. He wrote his first poem at 16, about a street kid who commits a homicide in self defence, runs from authorities, and is eventually killed by SWAT officers. He has presented his poems and participated in peer critique at Surrey Muse Writers, and he has performed at Surrey Arts Centre, Surrey Night Market, Cafe Deux Soleils, to people outside, and to mother at home. At this time, he is working on his health and mind, and on music production; and in the winter, he plans to travel. Malik says:
I declare war on disease“. Disease is more then Cancer, syphilis, diabetes etc… but is established from childhood as a “latent” sickness that goes undetected for through out much of a person’s life. My endeavor is to use my music to gain influence. I hope you see in my face and my actions the authenticity and truth of my beliefs.

At the June 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Malik will begin the open mic session with his performance poetry. More information about the event is at the link below:
june-23-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Lakshmi Gill – Surrey Muse

Lakshmi Gill is a poet and educator who has published extensively in Canadian and world literature. Her titles include ‘Returning the Empties’ (TSAR, Toronto 1998), ‘The Third Infinitive’ (TSAR, Toronto 1993), ‘Novena To St. Jude Thaddeus’ (Fiddlehead Press, Fredericton 1979), and ‘First Clearing’ (Estaniel Press, Manila 1972). She was one of the two women poets (along with Dorothy Livesay) who founded the League of Canadian Poets in 1966. Lakshmi has received numerous awards including First Prize in Poetry from Western Washington University in 1964 and Chancellor’s Prize in Education, B.Ed. Mt. Allison University in 1985. A Punjabi/Spanish-Filipina writer, Lakshmi lives in Delta BC, and she is a current member of The Writers’ Union of Canada.

More about Lakshmi
canlit.ca/canlit_authors/lakshmi-gill
Contact Lakshmi
lakshmigill@hotmail.com

At the June 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Lakshmi will be our Featured Poet, and we are honored to have her. More about the event is below:
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Shehan Madawela – Painter

‘My work is inspired by my time in Africa and Sri Lanka, as well as by the light, textures and vibrant colors of India; it’s flora, fauna, the use and worship of stone and the concern for the environment.

‘Oils are my preferred medium, although sometimes I incorporate gold, silver and copper leaf in my paintings. These days I find myself working more with acrylic and water based paints. Being predominantly self-taught, I am free to experiment with different mediums and styles, though there is a common thread that runs through my paintings from series to series.’

Shehan Madawela’s art has been exhibited in Sri Lanka, India, England, New York, Malaysia, Switzerland, the Hague in Netherlands, and Bahrain. His work is in private collections in Sri Lanka and in other parts of the world.

Shehan was born and educated in Sri Lanka. He lived for four years in Australia, and eight in South Africa where he worked in various fields and ran a family business. But the world of business did not hold his interest for long, he returned to Sri Lanka and began to paint. Born into a family of artists, he had never given art ‘any serious thought until then‘.

As the creation of art took root in him, Shehan left for Kala Bhavan, the arts faculty at Shantiniketan in India, where he spent two years living and working. After, he moved to Bangalore and then Mysore. Hailing from a Buddhist Christian family, and having experienced some of the world, he flourished in India’s diverse and multi-cultural environment.

At present, Shehan lives and works in Sri Lanka.

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Art by Shehan Madawela
Features on the
June 2017 poster
of Surrey Muse

This particular painting was chosen
by Art director Mariam Zohra
from the following four paintings

#1

the prisoner of love
#2

the rice series
#3

vermilion summer
#4

Art Director was first drawn to #2 the prisoner of love;
but it could have offended Surrey Library’s
‘protect children from nudity’ ordinance.
She picked #3 the rice series
because it conveyed to her:
the stare of the three
the keepers of earth-blue
the stand of the three

A tough choice, indeed.
Thank you, Shehan Madawela, for letting us
feature this powerful painting on Surrey Muse poster.
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Sylvia Taylor – Surrey Muse

Sylvia Taylor is a writer, editor, and educator. She has published over 400 articles. Her first title The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of the BC Coast (Heritage House Publishing) was published in 2012, and now she’s launching this month another marine-themed non-fiction book, Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascadia Coast. Her prose and poetry have appeared in anthologies and magazines in Canada and the US, and her work was shortlisted for the CBC National Literary Awards. Sylvia worked as executive director and president of the Federation of BC Writers for thirteen years, she is a current director for the Arts Council of Surrey. She has edit-coached over 100 book manuscripts, and she consults with authors and entrepreneurs, and teaches writing & publishing-related skills.

Visit Sylvia’s web page
sylviataylor.ca
Contact Sylvia
words@sylviataylor.ca

At the May 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sylvia will be our BookSigning Author. More about the event is here: may-26-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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