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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N.K. Johel – Surrey Muse

N.K. Johel is a painter turned novelist who is promoting her first novel, Bollywood Storm, in two-volumes: ‘Book 1: New York’ and ‘Book 11: Mumbai’. Johel studied painting, writing and theatre at Vancouver Island Univerity and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Her first writing was a poem that she wrote in grade three about ‘raindrops sounding like grasshoppers’ on her umbrella. The comic murder mystery she has published has been the result of her participation in a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) program. Johel credits Toni Morrison’s Jazz and Michael Ondaatje’s Running In The Family as the works that brought her back to writing, and, she mentions Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude as well as Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s Women Who Run With Wolves as books that gave a certain ‘breath’ to her work. Johel is working on another novel titled Ki Meela, and she is considering a project of writing fictionalized non-fiction.

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nkjohel@gmail.com

At the March 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Johel will be our BookSigning Author. More about the event is here: march-24-gathering

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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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Trudy M. Davies – Surrey Muse

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Trudy Davies is an author, illustrator and poet with background in health and education. She has published a children’s story book, two chapbooks of learning with children, and a collection of poetry. Her first book Butterfly Dreams: Milo’s Adventure was based on much loved bedtime stories she told her own children, this one about a magical butterfly that would take them on wonderful adventures. Her two chapbooks FUN WITH WORDS: There’s a Reason for the Rhyme 1 and 2 were published by request of children, teachers and parents. Wings for the Spirit: A journey to hope and love in all seasons is a collection of about 100 of Trudy’s poems combined with her husband Jim Davies’s photography and some of her own artwork. Her poems have been published in magazines, newspapers, anthologies, newsletters, given as gifts, used for cards, and made into songs.

For Trudy, creative writing, painting and music are enjoyable and also therapeutic. Her career as an occupational therapist spanned almost 30 years, providing rich experiences with people of all ages. Much of the time she worked with children and their families in hospitals, schools and their homes. Butterfly Dreams: Milo’s Adventure was written and illustrated with the intention of giving families a cuddle-up time with their kids.

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trudymdavies@gmail.com

At the September 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Trudy will present a selection of her stories including Butterfly Dreams: Milo’s Adventure. More information about the event is here:
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Fauzia Rafique – Surrey Muse

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Fauzia is a novelist, poet, blogger and an activist. Her novel Skeena was published in English (Libros Libertad, 2011) and Punjabi (Sanjh Publications, 2007). The Punjabi edition of Skeena has become Pakistan’s most sold Punjabi novel. Her second novel The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior will be launched this November (Libros Libertad, 2016), and the manuscript of her third novel Triple is being considered by a publisher. She has printed two chapbooks of her poems, Holier Than Life (Purple Poppy Press, 2013) and Passion Fruit/Tahnget Phal (Uddari Books 2011). Fauzia writes in Punjabi, English and Urdu. She is a co-founder and the coordinator of Surrey Muse, and the project coordinator of Surrey Muse Writers.

Fauzia is happy to have received WIN Canada’s Distinguished Novelist & Poet award in 2012, and to have declined Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.

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Fauzia will host the September 23 gathering of Surrey Muse. More information about the event is here:
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June 24 Gathering of Surrey Muse

50th Gathering

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June 24
Author Fauzia Rafique
Poet Pamela Bentley
Performer Sana Janjua
Open Mic Opener Ashok Bhargava
BookSigning Author Patrick Blennerhassett
Host Mariam Zohra D.

Room 418 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

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Free event
Donations welcome

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Surrey Muse Program July – November 2016

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July – Nov 2016
Session 10

July 22
Author Virginia Gillespie
Poet Joanne Arnott (uc)
Performer Imtiaz Popat
Open Mic Opener Ghia Aweida
Host Sana Janjua

August 26
Author Julian Worker
Poet Raoul Fernandes
Performer Young Scholar
Open Mic Opener Kevin Taylor
Host Helga Parekh

September 23
Author Trudy M. Davies
Poet Edward Blodgett
Performer Zee & Louw
Open Mic Opener Idrian Burgos
Host Fauzia Rafique

October 28
Author Lydia Kwa
Poet Kyle McKillop
Performer Celeste Snowber
Open Mic Opener Janene White
Host Sonja Grgar

November 25
Author Farah Tejani
Poet Betsy Warland
Performer Metro Nomad
Open Mic Opener Nayden Pollasari (uc)
Host Mariam Zohra D

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