March 18-2016 Gathering of Surrey Muse

47th Gathering
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March 18*, 2016
Author Gomathy Puri
Poet Heidi Greco
Performer Tim Mar
Open Mic Opener Timothy Shay
BookSigning Author Betsy Warland (in absentia)
Host Helga Parekh

Please note*
We are meeting on the Third Friday of March instead of the Fourth.
March 25 came out to be Good Friday when the library stays closed.
We are grateful to all features and supporters
for adjusting to this change.
Thank you.
We’ll miss Enrico Renz and Betsy Warland
But Betsy’s signed new book will be available.

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

Book Table
Refreshments
Free event
Donations welcome

Updates will be posted here
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Helga Parekh – Surrey Muse

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Helga Parekh is a writer, artist, sculptor, potter, and a performer. She published a self-made chapbook of her poem ‘Learning from the Timeless Beauty Of a Tulip‘ in 2016. She won first prize from the Arts Council of Surrey for Christmas Card Verse competition in 2018. Her poetry has appeared in various publications including Saving Seeds (New West Writers, 2014), and her poems were the finalists in the Burnaby Writers Society annual writing contest in 2012. She has illustrated a children’s book ‘Ramya’s Stars‘ by Mala Ashok. It was published by Pratham Books, a not-for-profit organization in India, in multiple Indian languages to promote reading among children. It is available in Hindi and English at the Surrey Libraries. In 2017, Helga completed the Southbank Writer’s Course at the SFU Surrey. She was a member of New West Writers, a member and sometimes facilitator of Renaissance Book Writers, and she was the Group Facilitator of Surrey Muse Writers. Helga is a supporting member of Surrey Muse since 2012. At this time, she is working on another book of poems that also may contain her illustrative art.

Contact Helga
helgaparekh@yahoo.com

At the March 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Helga will begin the Open Mic session. More information about the event is here:
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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Katzie,
Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Tim Mar – Surrey Muse

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To remember the words and hit the notes, to swoon
beautiful women, to express ideas, provoke thoughts,
tell stories, go on a melodic journey, slay dragons, to feel
alive and connected on an artistic, creative level
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– Tim’s goals as a singer

Tim Mar is one of Vancouver’s spirited and determined musicians who are keeping country music alive in the cityscape. His first CD, Playin’ In The Mud, came out in the late nineties, and was soon sold out. His songs have found audiences with various local radio stations including CBC Maritimes and College Radio Halifax. Tim has since created a lot more songs, and is preparing to publish a new CD. He was born in a small town in Nova Scotia, where before long he was singing songs and making tunes for his own amusement. As a teen, he began to keep a harmonica in his pocket, and when he reached his twenties, he picked up a guitar. Tim’s musical self-amusing activities began to acquire a more public-performing nature when, by mere chance, he got to perform with a band. Time plays ‘Folkie bluesy song writer stuff’, and he’s most inspired by ‘Bob Dylan more than any, Tommy Makems, Paddy Reilly,… a long and varied list spanning styles, cultures, generations.’

Contact Tim
timmarsongs@gmail.com

At the January 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Tim will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here: january-24-2020-gathering

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Support our Projects
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surrey.muse@gmail.com

Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen,
Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Gomathy Puri – Surrey Muse

Gomathy Puri is an Indian Canadian writer who has lived most of her life working with different departments of the government in Winnipeg and Vancouver. Over time, all the years of professional writing and Gomathy’s own experience of migration came together to bring forth a keen creative writer. Gomathy writes both fiction and non fiction, and of course, an occasional poem. her first book-length work is a novel titled ‘Island Unto Ourselves’ (Larkuma 2012). The novel explores issues of migration and identity, change and love, struggles and friendships. Gomathy is working on her second novel, and she’s writing a book of creative (humorous) nonfiction.

Gomathy’s nonfiction includes articles where she has explored racism, ageing, and other aspects of life. Some of her writings are available here:
Where are you from?
‘Poem from Geetanjali’ – Tagore
Skeena by Fauzia Rafique ‘a MUST read!!’

Gomathy is a valuable member of the local literary communities in Surrey, New Westminster and Vancouver where she participates in writers groups, and she presents readings at various events.

More about Gomathy
newwestwriters.wordpress.com/members/gomathy-puri
Her blog
gomathypuri.wordpress.com
LIKE ‘Islands Unto Ourselves’ on FB
facebook.com/islandsuntoourselves
Contact Gomathy
gomipuri@shaw.ca

At the March 18 gathering of Surrey Muse, Gomathy will present a reading from her new novel, a work in progress. More about the event is here:
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Betsy Warland – Surrey Muse

Betsy Warland is a poet, author, editor, mentor and educator who has published over twelve books of poetry and creative nonfiction, among them, the latest: ‘Oscar of Between, a memoir of identity and ideas‘ (2016); the most influential: ‘Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing‘ (2010) and ‘Bloodroot: Tracing the Untelling of Motherloss‘ (2000). Betsy designed and directed The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University from 2001-2012 where she initiated the annual 2-day DTES Writers’ Jamboree at Carnegie Centre (2008-2012) that helped create Thursdays Writing Collective. In 2013, she established Oscar’s Salon, an interactive and collaborative program. Betsy co-founded the Creative Writers Nonfiction Collective in 2004 that holds an annual conference. She also founded and is a mentor in the one-on-one six-month international Vancouver Manuscript Intensive. Betsy received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Literature in Vancouver in 2016. In 2017, she worked as the Lyric Prose and Poetry Mentor at The Writer’s Studio.

Betsy initiated the Toronto Women’s Writing Collective in 1975. The same year, she initiated and co-coordinated the Women and Words—les femmes et le mots conference (Vancouver 1983), that brought together one thousand women from across Canada involved in different aspects of contemporary literature. Betsy lives and works in Vancouver.

Visit Betsy’s homepage
betsywarland.com
Contact Betsy
betsywarland@gmail.com

At the May 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Betsy will be the Featured Poet. More information about the event is here:
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Support our Projects
Surrey Muse Writers
Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)

Contact
surrey.muse@gmail.com

Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded territories of the
Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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