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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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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Sylvia Grace Borda is an artist and Research Associate at the University of Stirling, Scotland. She studied Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia (MFA) and Media & Photography at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (BFA).
Sylvia is a cross-disciplinary artist, she has been producing contemporary artwork for over a decade. She works in photography, architecture, video and emergent technologies to study, research, and respond to changing urban and rural landscapes.
Her work borrows from painting and historical photographic vocabularies in which she pays homage to specific historical references. While using art history as a foundation to inform her production, Borda collaborates with artists and communities to accurately produce narratives that become contemporary portraits of our time and provide reflections on wider social conditions.
Sylvia Grace Borda has received a number of public grants and awards including Frontiers in Retreat, EU Award (2014-16); City of Richmond Public Art Commission: No.4 Pump Station (2010-11); Cultural Capital of Canada Artist status award for Surrey, BC in combination with Cultural Olympiad project status for the Winter Olympics (2008-10); the Innovation Award, The Lighthouse Gallery Glasgow (2006); and the Urban Culture Award (through the Millennium Commission, Cities of Culture Liverpool) for 2005-07.
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