Trudy M. Davies – Surrey Muse


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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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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Carol Sawyer – Surrey Muse


Carol Sawyer is a singer and visual artist working with improvised music, photography, installation, and video. She recently exhibited her video and photographic installation Shadow Puppet at Vancouver’s Republic Gallery.

Originally trained as a singer of classical and operatic repertoire, Sawyer became interested in extended voice techniques and improvised music while completing her MFA at SFU. She has appeared in contemporary opera with Vancouver’s Proximity Lab, deconstructed early Berlin cabaret songs for Music on Main, and recorded with LA based composer and trombonist Michael Vlatkovich.

For Surrey Muse, Carol will be joined by her frequent music collaborator, bassist Clyde Reed, to present a set of semi-improvised musical settings of poems and found texts.

Clyde Reed is a founding member of the renowned Vancouver-based ensemble NOW Orchestra, which celebrates its 38th anniversary in 2015. He is also a core member of numerous highly regarded smaller ensembles including the Bruce Freedman Trio, and the Portland, Oregon-based saxophonist Rich Halley quartet.

Carol and Clyde perform regularly with pianist Lisa Miller and saxophonist Steve Bagnell in the quartet ion Zoo, with whom they have released two CDs.

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Janet Kvammen – Surrey Muse

Janet Kvammen is a versatile artist who expresses her art in poetry, graphic design and photography. In the span of the last one year, Janet has developed all three art forms with such passion that she was selected for the Writer’s International Network (WIN) 2012 Distinguished Poet and Artist Award.

Kvammen’s creative skills and an opportunity to work with Candice James, the Poet Laureate of New Westminster, has allowed her to combine all three of her expressions in creating her ‘Poetography’ works. She has completed many poetography items using others’ and her own poems where she designs poetry and photographs to create unified images of concepts. Her Poetographs have been in the Arts and Entertainment Hollywood magazine, and in art exhibits.

Janet has been featured as a poet at New Westminster’s Poetic Justice, Poetry in the Park, and other literary events and festivals. Her poetry has been published in Sudden Thunder Anthology, Mind Paintings Anthology 2011 and Royal City Poets Anthology 2011, all published by Silver Bow Publishing in 2011-2012.

She has recently participated in a number of events including New West Lit Fest, Inspired by Words. She was a finalist in Slam Central’s Dead Poet’s Slam, and took part in the New West Artists exhibit entitled Visual Verse: Poetry For The Eyes where artists and photographers visualised a poet’s words to bring them to life.

Janet was born in New Westminster, she now resides in Burnaby, and works as freelance Graphic Designer and photographer.

She is a member of New West Artists and The Federation of British Columbia Writers.

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At the June 22 Gathering of Surrey Muse, Janet will share with us a selection of her design, photography and poetography work from her files.

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