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Authors Julie Paul, left, Susan Braley and Robin Stevenson are the category judges for this year’s Victoria Writer’s Society writing competition. The submission deadline has been extended to June 1.

UPDATE: Deadline extended for annual writing competition

Email entry format makes Victoria Writer’s Society contest perfect for the times

 

Joey Scarfone, the author of Vintage Cars of Victoria and a former record store owner in Fernwood, has written a poem reflecting on the current times we’re living through. Black Press file photo

Retired Victoria record store owner pens a poem for these ‘strange times’

Joey Scarfone offers his creative commentary on the scenario wrought by a pandemic

  • Mar 24, 2020

 

Vic High alumni and coach of the Vic High Slam Poetry team, Neko Smart, is Victoria’s new Youth Poet Laureate. She is passionate about the power of poetry as a way for youth to tell their stories. Photo courtesy City of Victoria

Vic High alumni named Victoria’s new Youth Poet Laureate

Neko Smart, the founder and coach of the Vic High slam poetry team, will serve a one-year term

 

Winners announced for inaugural Victoria Arts Council/Monday poetry contest

Winners announced for inaugural Victoria Arts Council/Monday poetry contest

More than 100 entries received in five categories

  • Jan 17, 2020
Winners announced for inaugural Victoria Arts Council/Monday poetry contest
Victoria Arts Council executive director Kegan McFadden invites experienced and novice poets alike to enter the first-ever Monday Magazine Poetry Contest, presented and administered by the VAC. The deadline is Nov. 30 and entries are being accepted now in five distinct categories. Photo by Cory Aronec

Calling all poets! Monday and the Victoria Arts Council seek your finest verse

Inaugural poetry contest offers prizes and publication for winners, entry deadline Nov. 30

Victoria Arts Council executive director Kegan McFadden invites experienced and novice poets alike to enter the first-ever Monday Magazine Poetry Contest, presented and administered by the VAC. The deadline is Nov. 30 and entries are being accepted now in five distinct categories. Photo by Cory Aronec
Slam and spoken word poet Aziza Moqia Sealey-Qaylow (left) is the current Youth Poet Laureate and her term ends in December 2019. The Victoria Poet Laureate John Barton (right) mentors the youth poets during their term. (Photo courtesy the City of Victoria)

City of Victoria seeks next Youth Poet Laureate

Nominations for the 2020 position close on Oct. 29

Slam and spoken word poet Aziza Moqia Sealey-Qaylow (left) is the current Youth Poet Laureate and her term ends in December 2019. The Victoria Poet Laureate John Barton (right) mentors the youth poets during their term. (Photo courtesy the City of Victoria)
Barbara Smith, left, and Erin Davis will read from their latest books on Persons Day Oct. 18 during the next instalment of the Sidney Literary Festival’s Fall 2019 Reading Series at the Shoal Centre. Photos contributed.

Persons Day to be marked with literary readings in Sidney

Peninsula authors to read from their new books relating to women and courageous journeys, Oct. 18

Barbara Smith, left, and Erin Davis will read from their latest books on Persons Day Oct. 18 during the next instalment of the Sidney Literary Festival’s Fall 2019 Reading Series at the Shoal Centre. Photos contributed.
Saanich resident and orca activist Mark Leiren-Young holds his recently published children’s book, Orcas Everywhere: The Mystery and History of Killer Whales. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich orca activist, roving journalist publishes children’s book

Mark Leiren-Young’s new title gives kids an ‘introduction to the orca-verse’

Saanich resident and orca activist Mark Leiren-Young holds his recently published children’s book, Orcas Everywhere: The Mystery and History of Killer Whales. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Victoria Festival of Authors: celebrating the art of writing

Victoria Festival of Authors: celebrating the art of writing

Five-day event Oct. 2-6 features readings, workshops and more from decorated literary talents

Victoria Festival of Authors: celebrating the art of writing
Indian teacher Anand Kumar who is the inspirational subject of the book Super 30, and author Dr. Biju Mathew of Maple Ridge attended a screening of the hit movie by the same name in Maple Ridge on Friday night. (Neil Corbett/THE NEWS)

Super 30 story inspiring thousands in India

Mathematics teacher Anand Kumar, Dr. Biju Mathew, spoke in Maple Ridge

Indian teacher Anand Kumar who is the inspirational subject of the book Super 30, and author Dr. Biju Mathew of Maple Ridge attended a screening of the hit movie by the same name in Maple Ridge on Friday night. (Neil Corbett/THE NEWS)
Canadian author Graeme Gibson, partner of Margaret Atwood, dies at age 85

Canadian author Graeme Gibson, partner of Margaret Atwood, dies at age 85

Gibson remembered for putting his words into action for both cultural and environmental causes

Canadian author Graeme Gibson, partner of Margaret Atwood, dies at age 85
Learn from the experts: Victoria Festival of Authors assembling stellar guest list

Learn from the experts: Victoria Festival of Authors assembling stellar guest list

Workshops, panels provide story ideas, strategies and insights for all levels of writer, Oct. 2-6

Learn from the experts: Victoria Festival of Authors assembling stellar guest list
Margaret Atwood talks Handmaid’s Tale sequel at UVic

Margaret Atwood talks Handmaid’s Tale sequel at UVic

Sold-out Sept. 27 event illustrates iconic Canadian author’s popularity in literary haven of Victoria

  • Aug 20, 2019
Margaret Atwood talks Handmaid’s Tale sequel at UVic
Bob Kehoe of Portland, Oregon has released a biography about Victoria race driver, Billy Foster. The book touches on motor sport history in B.C. as well. (Photo courtesy of Bob Kehoe)

Racing biography of Victoria’s Billy Foster leads to exploration of local auto racing scene

Portland author Bob Kehoe fascinated with the depth of the city’s high-level racing connections

Bob Kehoe of Portland, Oregon has released a biography about Victoria race driver, Billy Foster. The book touches on motor sport history in B.C. as well. (Photo courtesy of Bob Kehoe)
2019 Pride in the Word participants include (clockwise from top left) Ahmad Danny Ramadan, Ali Blythe, jaye Simpson and Robin Stevenson. (Lahl SarDyke not pictured). The annual Pride Week literary event happens July 6 at the Ambrosia Conference Centre.

Speaking out: Pride in the Word a major part of Pride Week

Billeh Nickerson returns to host an all-new group of writers for popular literary event

  • Jun 22, 2019
2019 Pride in the Word participants include (clockwise from top left) Ahmad Danny Ramadan, Ali Blythe, jaye Simpson and Robin Stevenson. (Lahl SarDyke not pictured). The annual Pride Week literary event happens July 6 at the Ambrosia Conference Centre.
Author and actor Meg Tilly presents her newest book, Cliff’s Edge, in a free event at Bolen Books on June 11. Photo by Don Calame

Award-winning actress presents latest novel in Victoria

Meg Tilly among authors to introduce new books at Bolen’s in June

  • Jun 3, 2019
Author and actor Meg Tilly presents her newest book, Cliff’s Edge, in a free event at Bolen Books on June 11. Photo by Don Calame
Margaret Atwood is stopping in Victoria this fall during a Canada-wide tour promoting The Testaments, the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. The Canadian Press

Hear details about The Handmaid’s Tale sequel – from the source

Margaret Atwood speaks at UVic this fall about The Testaments, 34 years after best-seller’s release

Margaret Atwood is stopping in Victoria this fall during a Canada-wide tour promoting The Testaments, the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. The Canadian Press
Bolen Books owner, Samantha Bolen (right) and daughter, Madeline Holmes hold just some of the titles available in the Hillside Mall store. You can read whatever you like as a participant in the upcoming Summer Readathon fundraiser for literacy on June 1. bolen.bc.ca.

Put your love of reading to good use June 1

Bolen Books hosting Summer Readathon to help the Victoria Literacy Connection

Bolen Books owner, Samantha Bolen (right) and daughter, Madeline Holmes hold just some of the titles available in the Hillside Mall store. You can read whatever you like as a participant in the upcoming Summer Readathon fundraiser for literacy on June 1. bolen.bc.ca.
You’ll want to Rush right out and grab a copy of this book

You’ll want to Rush right out and grab a copy of this book

Bassist and band co-founder Geddy Lee in spotlight during May 22 book signing at Bolen’s

You’ll want to Rush right out and grab a copy of this book
In 1968, Edith Iglauer (second from left) accompanied Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (second from right), his chief aide, Marc Lalonde, Trudeau’s brother, Charles, and three pooled press members—a photographer, a Canadian Press representative and the CBC—on a tour across the Canadian Arctic, the first such journey for a Canadian prime minister in office. (University of Victoria Libraries, Edith Iglauer fonds, SC546)

UVic receives personal and literary archives of renowned journalist

Edith Iglauer was ‘something like a meteor that flew across the sky’

In 1968, Edith Iglauer (second from left) accompanied Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (second from right), his chief aide, Marc Lalonde, Trudeau’s brother, Charles, and three pooled press members—a photographer, a Canadian Press representative and the CBC—on a tour across the Canadian Arctic, the first such journey for a Canadian prime minister in office. (University of Victoria Libraries, Edith Iglauer fonds, SC546)