City of Surrey recognizes Surrey Muse Coordinator & Cofounder for excellence in Literary Arts

Fauzia Rafique, the coordinator and a cofounder of Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS), has received the City of Surrey’s Arts & Heritage Literary Arts Award in recognition of her work in the areas of creative writing and arts organizing. View the document containing the following information, and a complete list of award recipients. CivicDistinctionAwardRecipients.pdf

Fauzia’s statement

‘It is an honour for me to be selected for the City of Surrey’s Arts & Heritage Literary Arts Award.

‘Working for Surrey Muse Arts Society, a non-profit mandated to encourage inclusivity, representation, voice and equality in the arts community, forms a direct organic link to my writing practice as my novels and poems explore similar themes. It works well together, my creative writing process is more instinctive while organizing efforts use intellectual and cerebral energy.

‘I receive this award on behalf of over 300 authors and artists who have graced us since November 2011; Literary Advisers Joanne Arnott, Manolis Aligizakis, Nefertiti SheLa Morrison; Volunteers Helga Parekh, David Macilwain, and, of course, Surrey Muse co-Founders and Directors Mariam Zohra D, Sana Janjua, Randeep Purewall, and myself.

‘Our gratitude to Susan Crean and Jordan Strom for their ongoing support, and, to our peers at Surrey Libraries, Surrey Art Gallery and the City’s Cultural Grants section.’

Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) congratulates all award recipients.


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June 22-2018 Gathering of Surrey Muse

72nd Gathering

June 22, 2018
Author Susan Crean
Poet Ashok Bhargava
Performer Peter Daniels
Open Mic Opener Sana Janjua
Booksigning Author Ibrahim Honjo
Featured Art by Risham Syed
Host Mariam Zohra

5:30 – 8:30 PM
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Surrey Muse Program January-June 2018

‘Pink Rose’ in Rob Zeer’s ‘Street Kids’ series
from the August 2017 poster designed by Mariam Zohra

Session 13
January – June 2018

Jan 26
Author Joy Haskell
Poet Annie Ross
Performer Pervaiz Akhtar
Open Mic Opener Helga Parekh
Host Sana Janjua

Feb 23
Author Lydia Kwa
Poet Raul Gatica
Performer Sherry Duggall
Open Mic Opener Mariam Zohra
Host Sonja Grgar

March 23
Author Shashi Bhatt
Poet Lee Maracle (via Skype)
Performer Cease Wyss
Open Mic Opener Fauzia Rafique
Host Helga Parekh

Apr 27
Author Joan B. Flood
Poet Adèle Barclay
Performer Marcy of TVOD & Western Obsidian (via Skype)
Open Mic Opener Sonja Grgar
Host Alex Macilwain

May 25
Author Susan Crean
Poet Betsy Warland
Performer Arlene Bowman
Open Mic Opener Randeep Purewall
Host Fauzia Rafique

June 22
Author Julie Flett
Poet Ashok Bhargava
Performer Peter Daniels
Open Mic Opener Sana Janjua
Host Mariam Zohra

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Surrey Muse program is put together twice a year, in Nov/Dec for January-June session and in May/June for July-November session. Dates are blind-picked by participants through an invitation. Participants are invited from a recommendations list that stays open throughout the year.

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Searching for Emily Carr by Susan Crean

Surrey Muse Meeting
November 25, 2011

Guest Author Susan Crean presented from her published and unpublished work.

The following excerpt forms the introduction to her award winning title ‘Opposite Contraries, The Unknown Journals of Emily Carr And Other Writings’ (Douglas & McIntyre, Vancovuer, 2003).

Excerpt from Susan’s Introduction to her book
Opposite Contraries
A collection of the unpublished journals and other expurgated writings of Emily Carr

Anyone who has gone looking for information in the public archives knows how seductive they are. How easily the material distracts attention from the task at hand, enticing you off on detours and down dead ends, one thing leading to another while the house slip past in a stream. Like a trip to the Sally Ann, the search is often serendipitous: you go looking for one particular thing and come back with something else entirely, something you perhaps hadn’t known you needed or even wanted. If the search is into a person’s life, it is more like a treasure hunt. Lists aren’t much help; intuition and visual alertness are your best assets, as chance and circumstance have more to do with what is left behind than rational activity on anyone’s part. Of course, the highly ordered conditions in which historical documents are kept – every page catalogued and accounted for – tend to contradict this. Nonetheless, “the record” is a capricious thing, and this is especially true of people who become famous late in life, as Emily Carr did. Lawren Harris, who met her in 1927 and corresponded with her over many years, did not keep her letters. A decade later, Ira Dilworth, who shepherded Carr’s first book, Klee Wyck, into publication diligently kept her correspondence. For her part, Carr preserved the letters from both men.

Archival research, I am suggesting, depends rather more on coincidence than people like to admit. And just as happenstance seems to control what makes its way into climate-controlled safekeeping, so the job ferreting out the details what will tell the whole story years or decades later defies logic. It has as much or more to do with stamina and empathy than with intellectual application, for there is a psychological dimension to the activity; a spiritual relationship, you could almost say. Something like the bond that exists between birds and birders, which explains how it is you can sometime go out into the woods and see nothing and at other times be astonished by the number and brilliance of the winded ones you encounter.

In the archives, there are days when the slog over miles of curvilinear lettering strung across fields of yellowing paper yields mothering more than a sore neck and bleary eyes. And then there are the moments when documents reveal themselves, as the birds do. It took time, but one day I realized I had finally got the gist of Carr’s difficult handwriting and could read whole tracts of it without faltering. I had become familiar with her misspellings and contracted words, and could anticipate her meanings. I was no longer an intruder reading a script; I was present, listening to her speak.
With birds, that same sort of thing happens when proximity between creature and human being becomes an unconscious thing, and the barrier in between disappears. It did the other night when a young barred owl, whose territory I inhabit on Gabriola Island, called to me from a perch in a fir tree high above the cabin porch. “Up here!” he insisted as I tried to find him in the twilight. Once spotted, he drifted down to a bare twig on the adjacent arbutus, closer, more visible, and looked at me through great brown eyes. The ancients thought of owls as prescient and wise. Humans have always warmed to their curiosity, their boldness and their throaty calls, but we are unnerved by their stealth and by the sense that they know something we do not.

So it is with the business of wresting the past from piles of paper; the sense that truth lurks among them, if only we could see it.

Surrey Muse November 25/11 meeting was held at the City Centre branch of Surrey Public Library. Guest Author Susan Crean was followed by Featured Poet Manolis and Featured Playwright Sana Janjua. Ajmer Rode, Valerie B.-Taylor, Yuri and Mariam Zohra-Durrani presented poems on the Open Mic. The event was hosted by Valerie B.-Taylor.
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Surrey Muse – Friday Nov 25-2011


Designed by Mariam Zohra-Durrani

Surrey Muse first meeting
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Room 418
City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Guest Author: Susan Crean
Featured Poet: Manolis
Featured Playwright: Sana Janjua
Host: Valerie B.-Taylor

Open Mic
Refreshments

Free event
Donations welcome

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Next meeting: Friday, January 27, 2012
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