Purdy Country LitFests (PurdyFests) held in Hastings County are
Canada's first and longest running People's Poetry festivals. Several
other communities across Canada have followed our example and
are now holding their own annual events. On this summer's
August long weekend we'll be celebrating fest #7. This year we'll
be honouring the legacy of seminal People's Poet Dorothy Livesay.
Professor Joyce Wayne will emcee our Saturday Symposium on
Livesay, and Ryerson journalism prof Marsha Barber will present
tapes and a talk on an interview she held with Dorothy Livesay.
This summer's "LivesayFest" will again be held in the Marmora
area, with events beginning with a Friday night (Aug. 2nd)
POTLUCK SUPPER at ZenRiver Gardens retreat in the pioneer
hamlet of Malone. Free rough camping is available at ZenRiver.
Events continue on Saturday with the SYMPOSIUM on Dorothy
Livesay in the William Shannon Room at the Marmora Public
Library. Saturday afternoon ANOTHER DAM POETRY
READING will be held on the islet in the Marmora Dam.
Marmora singer/musician Morley Ellis will kick off the round
robin reading. Everyone is encouraged to bring their poetry and
read at the dam.
On Sunday afternoon events return to ZenRiver. Tai Grove,
President of the Canada-Cuba Literary Alliance and the publisher
of Hidden Brook Press, will emcee two readings by CCLA members
and Hidden Brook Press authors.
For further info on times and locations, please contact Chris Faiers:
Returned last night from doing the Poet in the Schools program and attending the fabulous Spring Pulse Poetry Festival up in Cobalt.
Just to let you know that although people at Ryerson have done their best to boost the quality of the Livesay cassettes, the sound quality is still really poor. So I'll play a couple of minutes just so people can hear Livesay's voice, and then chat about the interview process, what Livesay talked about, and the experience of living with and working for her on Galiano Island in the late seventies. I'll include a couple of poems about that time as well.
Looking forward to LivesayFest.
Congratulations Chris, on your ongoing festival successes!
I'm tied up taking care of my son and very aged parents while
being dragooned into serving as dept. head for a year,
otherwise, I'd be there. But am happy to see you're keeping it going!
Wishing you all the best!
Dr. Karl E. Jirgens, Editor, Rampike Magazine
Dept. of English Language, Literature & Creative Writing
University of Windsor
401 Sunset Avenue
Canada N9B 3P4