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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March 24 Gathering of Surrey Muse

58th Gathering

Author Ruth Kozak
Poet Joìniìna Kirton
Performer Sherry Duggal
Open Mic Opener Idrian Burgos
BookSigning Author N. K. Johel
Featured Art by Akram Varraich
Host Sana Janjua

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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Surrey Muse Art Director Mariam Zohra has begun
a new poster series to showcase work of guest artists.
This month, our poster features art by
Akram Varraich

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Sherry Duggal – Surrey Muse

Sherry is an actor, playwright, writer and poet. She has written and performed her work in India, UK and Canada. She played the lead in a comedy-mystery feature film Plus in 2012, and she has worked on a number of short films and music videos since then. Her scripts and plays have featured in international festivals including Rabindranath Tagore Festival, Sufi Legacy Conference, Diwalifest, Summer in the City, Mother Tongue Festival, Masala Mehndi Masti!, and Pull Festival. She presented her play ‘Eve: A Balancing Act’ in New Delhi and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Sherry has been featured as a writer/presenter at World Poetry, Poetic Justice, Pandora’s Collective, Holy Wow poets, Writers International Network, Surrey Muse; and she has taken part in spoken word events throughout Vancouver. Sherry published her first book Beneath The Surface (Leadstart Publishing, India) in 2016, and she is looking forward to the release of her second book soon.

Visit Sherry’s web page
sherryduggal.wixsite.com/sherry-duggal
Contact Sherry
sherryduggal@gmail.com

At the March 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sherry will be our Featured Performer. More on the event is here:
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Sana Janjua – Surrey Muse

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Sana Janjua is a poet, performer and playwright. Her writings have been published at The Laaltain and Uddari Weblog, and she has presented monologues at various cultural and literary venues. Her play Migration, written and directed for a group of Pakistani-Canadian youth, expresses the experience of loneliness and pathos of (forced) migration and exile. Her monologue Smaller Names explores the dynamics of silencing of women’s voices/stories, and the trauma and shame they endure as they speak. As well, her poems and monologues focus on the invalidating environments produced by neoliberalism. She has hosted events to commemorate Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Women’s International Day, Surrey Muse, and numerous book launching ceremonies for authors. Sana is now working on a full-length play and a chapbook of her poetry and essays. She is a Founding Member and the President of Surrey Muse.

Sana is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, and enjoys working in the field of mental health.

View Sana’s poems
uddari.wordpress.com
Contact Sana
sanajanjua@gmail.com

At the July 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sana will be our Host. More on the event is here:
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