Stephen Brennan – Surrey Muse

Stephen Brennan is a genre fiction writer favoring horror in the novella/short novel format. He has published two titles: ‘Big John Irons Vol 1: No Heroes‘ (Pulp/Noir/Dieselpunk 2017) and ‘The Darkness Between‘ (Horror 2012). He began to write just over five years back upon realizing that the stories in his head were ‘genuinely worth something’, and he began work on an ‘ambitious full length novel’ that may be called a ‘supernatural romance’ very similar to Meet-Joe-Black in tone; it is still a work in progress while Stephen has gone on to write ‘shorter works that have increased in length over time’. Stephen’s favorite writer is his name-sake Stephen King about whom he says: ‘I find his blend of modern day darkness and fantasy truly inspiring. It’s something I frequently try to emulate.’ A member of the New West Writers group, he participates in monthly critique sessions with other writers. His upcoming title is called ‘Everything Gets Out Eventually‘ (Horror), and it’ll be out soon.

More about Stephen is here
stephenbrennan.ca
Contact Stephen
stephen.brennan@fastmail.fm

At the September 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Stephen will be the Featured Author. More about the event is here: september-22-gathering

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Featured art by Rob Zeer – ‘Gastein Stream’

‘Gastein Stream’
60x60cm acrylic on canvas. Gastein Valley, Austria 2014

‘Gastein Stream’ was painted on location in the Gastein Valley, Austria, the spring of 2014.

‘I picked out the composition the day before on a hike with my wife, Corina. Early the next morning I hiked back to spot, set up my easel on the edge of the streambed and painted. Being early spring morning it was a bit nippy, with fresh spring vegetation sprouting forth and the stream run-off in full force.

‘There is a water spout shown spilling water into the stream. The water spout is a drain from some sort of ancient water-works building shown in the top right hand corner.

‘Though painted in Austrian Alps this scene can also be placed somewhere in the Canadian Rockies.’

~ Rob Zeer

Gastein Stream’ is featured
on the September 2017 poster of Surrey Muse.

Poster designed by Surrey Muse Art Director Mariam Zohra.

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September 22 Gathering of Surrey Muse

64th Gathering

September 22
Author Stephen Brennan
Poet Wanda John-Kehewin
Performer Kat Wahama
Open Mic Opener Parabjot Kaur
Featured art by Rob Zeer
Host Sonja Grgar

5:30 – 8:30 PM
Room 405 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Open Mic
Refreshments
Book Table
Free event
Donations welcome

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Featured Art by Rob Zeer – ‘Street Kids’

‘Pink Rose’, from ‘Street Kids’, Kelowna BC 2008

Street Kids

‘In 2008 while living in Kelowna, British Columbia, I created a series of 16”x20” / 40cmx50cm pastel or acrylic portraits on paper.

‘Shortly before my small mid-week drawing session I’ld walk to the centre park where wayfaring youth hung out. There I’ld find & proposition a fresh new model.

‘It was always win/win; the model leaving with some cash, artists with a portrait, and everyone with new friendship, understanding and acceptance from the day.’

~ Rob Zeer

‘Pink Rose’ is featured on the August 2017 poster of Surrey Muse.


Poster designed by Surrey Muse art director Mariam Zohra.

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Ken Westdorp – Surrey Muse

Ken Westdorp is a longtime Surrey poet, painter and oragami artist who has just published his first collection of poems titled Gateway to Obscurity. Ken had begun writing as a child but most of his published work has been done within the last 10 years. The first thing he ever wrote was a short story about imaginary animals, and his first poem was written either for mother’s day or Valentine’s day. Earlier, a couple of his poems appeared in ‘We Are Newton’ anthology. Inspired by Frank Miller and Alan Moore, Ken is now working on a follow up collection Strength and Vulnerability that will take ‘a much broader view of the human condition and the way it relates to various aspects of the environment’.

Ken lives with his wife in the Whalley area where they devote a large portion of their time volunteering to assist homeless people living on the ‘Strip’.

Contact Ken
kennethwaynewestdorp@gmail.com

At the August 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Ken will be our BookSigning Author. More about the event is here: august-25-gathering

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August 25 Gathering of Surrey Muse

63rd Gathering

August 25
Author Patricia A. Donahue
Poet Ghia Aweida
Performer Lilija Valis & Enrico Renz
Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh
Booksigning Author Ken Westdorp
Featured art by Rob Zeer
Host Alex Macilwain

5:30 – 8:30 PM
Room 405 – City Centre branch
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Phone: (604) 598-7420
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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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