This is the archive of the 2007 Poetry Gabriola Festival.

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Saturday, November 17

- at the Surf Lodge
Let's have dinner together …

To celebrate opening night of the 2007 Festival, Poetry Gabriola would like to invite you to dinner. We're kicking off with a fantastic concert in the Great Room at the Surf Lodge with this year's International Artists: Scottish bard Alasdair Roberts and American underground duo Charalambides.

At only 30, Alasdair Roberts has already emerged as one of Scotland 's greatest contributions to contemporary music. This Glasgow resident's talents are diverse: he's a compelling singer of traditional ballads; a writer of magical songs; and a guitarist whose fingerstyle approach mixes sturdy melodies with sparkling ornamentation. He is currently on tour, celebrating the release of his fourth CD, The Amber Gatherers.

Opening act Charalambides, aka Christina and Tom Carter, take American roots music and psychedelic rock as their starting place. Progenitors of the current freak-folk movement, they seek beauty in fragile vocal melodies, layered guitar tones, and a sense of meditative calm.

Tickets for this groundbreaking fusion of sound and setting are only $20, and Poetry Gabriola is including a voucher for $5 off dinner at the Surf on the night of the concert! The Surf Lodge, our partner in this event, is inventing a special menu - so you get a great meal, a great concert, and a terrific price!

When: Saturday, November 17. Concert at 8:00pm. Dinner by reservation at 247-9231
Where: The Surf Lodge Great Room
Tickets: $20 @ Gabriola Artworks and Nanaimo 's Fascinating Rhythm includes $5 off dinner. Limited seating; advance tickets recommended.

More information can be found at and


November 19-22

Poetry In Film

Monday 7pm: Il Postino (1995) Poetry Gabriola Week starts off it’s Roxy segment with this wonderful Acadamy Award winning comedy. The poetry connection? World famous poet Pablo Neruda moves into our postman’s town and inspires our hero into following his heart (not to mention his loins) in his quest for the love of his life. Ah isn’t love grande! Atsa fo’su!

Tuesday 7pm: Shakespeare in Love (1998)  The immortal bard is portrayed as a fool for love in this multi-award winning film. Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes play our heroes in this witty, sexy and unforgettable comedy – a truly can’t miss motion picture – nice play, Shakespeare.

Wednesday 7pm: Beat Angel (2006) A film about the spirit of Jack Keronac. On the 30th anniversary of his own death, the angelic spirit of our favourite Beat Generation writer returns to Earth in the abandoned body of a street bum. Jack then drops in on a tavern where, to beat era jazz, a poetry slam is being staged in his honour. “Get back jack, do it again world spinning round and round.”

Thursday 7pm: An Angel At My Table (1989) Award winning film maker Jane Campion brings to the screen the harrowing true-life story of Janet Frame, New Zealand’s most distinguished author. Beautifully capturing the colour and power of the New Zealand landscape, the film earned Campion a sweep of her country’s film awards as well as the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. Katherine Gordon where are you? The Roxy could use a dash of Kiwi flair at tonight’s affair.


Friday, November 23

Alphabet Soup

Poetry in the hot tub with Hilary Peach and friends

When: 7:00 pm
Where: The Haven
Tickets: FREE

Words and Music 1

Welcome to WAM I. Swing along with your charming hostess Robin Kelley as fantastic storytellers, poets, spoken word practitioners and songsters shake the main-stage at the Phoenix Auditorium.

Dinah D (Gabriola) The queen of viper jazz, this seductive contralto with the wry sense of humour and the great, big bass has a whole new way of telling a story
Louise Amuir (Gabriola) Putting a positive spin on intemperate word-spouting
RC Weslowski (Vancouver) The clown mouth full of silly balls and x-ray visions attempts to get to the heart of things
Magpie Ulysses (Vancouver) She spits hot fire and is always happy to see you
Janet Marie Rogers (Victoria) Celebrating the recent release of her new book/CD combination, Splitting The Heart
Veda Hille – Creator of songs that are distinct and precise and beautiful; songs about the natural world, human relations, mathematical theory: she turns her eye to the things that amaze her, and the results are interesting, odd, and amazing in turn.

When: 7:30 pm
Where: The Haven – Phoenix Auditorium
Tickets: $10 or buy a festival pass


Blabbermouth Café

With Bill Miner, Andreas Kahre and Alex Varty

A post-modern, irony drenched, rant-fest, with stylized variations on the theme of beat. This alchemic concoction of writers, musicians and performers will channel ontological barbs through beatified bards. Includes an open mic segment with a twist plus a world premiere “Howl-along.”

When: 10.30 pm
Where: The Surf Pub


Saturday, November 24

- at the Roxy
The Nuts and Bolts of Songwriting
(40 minutes)

With Nathan Tinkham

Local legend Nathan Tinkham has been writing songs for over 20 years, songs that have been recorded by Quartette, Cindy Church, Melanie, Bill and Bonnie Hearne and many other well-known artists. In this informal presentation/demonstration, Nathan will discuss the process of songwriting, from the first concept, to the final, finished piece. Nathan will also share some of the many songwriting stories he has collected over two decades of conversations with Ian Tyson, Sylvia Tyson, Tom Russell and other songwriters he has had the pleasure to know and work with.

When: 3:00 pm
Where: The Roxy
Tickets: $5 at the door

Charm, Beauty and Poise: Timeless Tips For Girls Who Have Let Themselves Go

Presented by visual artist and accidental author Sheila Norgate

There are some who say that Gulf Island women – Gabriolans chief among them – may have allowed their beauty standards to slide; they may have let too much nature take its course. If this sounds like you; if putting your best foot forward involves a Birkenstock sandal; if your favorite dance hall bears the word ‘agriculture' somewhere in its name; if your husband thinks allure is something only found in a fishing tackle box, then this presentation may be just the thing to give your glamour battery a road-side boost and just in time for the fast approaching festive season.

When: 4:00 pm
Where: The Roxy
Tickets: $5 at the door, first come first seated. Proceeds will be donated to the PHC women's program.

Note: Tickets to the two afternoon shows at The Roxy, November 24, will be available at the door 30 minutes before each show (not at Artworks). Admission is covered by a festival pass (only $25 for the weekend, available at Artworks), but this venue has a 50-seat capacity, and only the first 50 people to arrive will be seated. So please come early!!


Buskers Galore!

The history of oral/aural tradition often overlooks the street bards, corner orators, roving minstrels, guerrilla poets and wandering songsters. But who among us has never been moved by a lone sidewalk performer? Legislated away by city planners set on sweeping the streets, these characters are one of our most vital and direct links to song and story. These front-line cultural warriors take an all-weather stand against the sterilization of the sidewalk. On Saturday, November 24, Poetry Gabriola and local businesses tip our hats to the buskers.

When: Noon until 4:00 pm
Where: Roving at the Village
Tickets: By donation



Three time Vancouver Poetry Slam Team member Magpie Ulysses and World Cup of Poetry Runner-Up RC Weslowski team up with the YSpace Arts Program at the Gathering Place in an interactive performance poetry workshop. Join Magpie and RC for demos, discussions, and a chance to try it on...

This free workshop is one of a series running every Saturday in November. Workshops are FREE for local youth 13 - 19 yrs. The full workshop line-up includes:
Nov 3rd - Wordplay Writers Workshop with Kelly Price, Nov 10th - Kick a Free: Freestyle Workshop with Shaw Nixon & Stefan Rauch, Nov 17th - Open Mic with hosts Kaley Munroe & Tao Abbey and Nov 24th 11-1pm Writing For Performance w/special guests RC Weslowski and Magpie Ulysess.

When: 11:00 am- 1:00 pm
Where: The Gathering Place
Tickets: Free
Info: Kelly at 247-8020


Alphabet Soup

Poetry in the hot tub with Hilary Peach and friends, in hot water again...

When: 7:00 pm
Where: The Haven
Tickets: FREE

Words and Music 2

Comedienne Leslie Parrott leads you through the twists and turns of WAM 2. Venture along this winding road and visit five distinctly different language destinations. Witness the history of oral tradition in action.

Alison Humphries (Gabriola) - on stories and concertina
Reverend Kedrick James (Vancouver) – Defiantly experimental in form, a notoriously slippery fish
DB Boyko and Christine Duncan (Toronto/Vancouver/Gabriola) – Two thirds of Idiolalla, the extraordinary experimental vocal ensemble, inextricably linked to things Gabriolan.
Rantin' Tim Lander (Nanaimo) – the city's most famous street politician and a classical bard among us
Dennis McNally (San Francisco) – Acclaimed author of the 1979 Jack Kerouac biography Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation, and America, Dennis is also the authorized biographer of The Grateful Dead, having toured with the band for 11 years. He will be reading from Kerouac's On The Road and Mexico City Blues accompanied by madcap piano genius Paul Plimley.
Paul Plimley – Pianist extraordinaire who has been raising eyebrows for years now

When: 7:30 pm
Where: The Haven – Phoenix Auditorium
Tickets: $10 or buy a festival pass

Poets' Martini Night!

We knew it would happen, it was inevitable. Poets and martinis had to be conjoined. Dinah D's Martini Foursome will be swinging through the night, with special ‘surprise' poet guests all evening long. Join them while they kick it up a notch on Saturday, November 24th. Usual martini class, unusual vocal stylings.

When: 9:00 pm
Where: The Surf Pub
Tickets: FREE


Sunday, November 25

3 WORKSHOPS - Word and Brush: A Touch Of Japan

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: TANKA with Sonja Arntzen
2:15 – 3:15 pm: RENGA (linked verse) with Sonja Arntzen
3:30 – 4:30 pm: HAIKU Introduction with Naomi Wakan

When: 1:00 pm
Where: The Haven – Phoenix Auditorium
Tickets: Register by contacting or call 247-0014

PERFORMANCE - Word and Brush: A Touch of Japan

This elegant evening will feature a rare mix of contemporary and classical Japanese literature and music. We are delighted to welcome shakuhachi master Takeo Yamashiro from Vancouver playing some seldom heard early works. Joining Takeo will be Naomi Beth Wakan reading from her Japanese-themed poetry and prose, and international scholar Sonja Arntzen reading from her translation of The Kagero Diary . This poetry and prose text from a 10 th century woman's diary is emblematic of a distinctly prolific time in women's literary history. Naomi Beth Wakan and Sumiko Nishizawa will also read some favorite tanka in English and Japanese. A highlight of the evening will be Sonja, Takeo, and Yasue Carlson collaborating in a large-scale demonstration of Japanese calligraphy as a meditation experience. A rare evening, giving you “A Touch Of Japan”.

Time: 7:00 pm – Early start time!
Place: The Haven – Phoenix Auditorium
Tickets: $10 or buy a festival pass for $25

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