September is Pop-Up Poetry Month!

Poetry Gabriola is proud to announce



Online ticket sales have ended! You can purchase tickets at the door for all events listed below. If you ordered tickets online, they will be waiting for you at the door. If you want to register for a workshop, contact Lisa directly.


Monday, September 1—IAN FERRIER and For Body and Light


Saturday, September 20—SUSAN MUSGRAVE and STEPHEN REID

Sunday, September 21—WORKSHOP # 1 with SUSAN MUSGRAVE

Sunday, September 21—WORKSHOP # 2 with STEPHEN REID

Saturday, September 27—JEM ROLLS


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Monday, September 1—From Montreal: IAN FERRIER and For Body and Light

Leap into September with FOR BODY AND LIGHT, a dance and spoken word collaboration from Montreal. This amazing show features dancers Linnea Gwiazda and Allison Burns performing in a show choreographed (and performed) by Stephanie Morin-Robert in collaboration with with poet–musician IAN FERRIER. This is the final performance of a national tour that has gleaned fabulous reviews from New York to Victoria.

There are only 18 seats available for this show because it is in a small, home-based venue. Please email Hilary Peach if you would like to attend.

To learn more about the show read recent reviews here and here.

At Hobo House—please email for reservations | 7:00 pm | Show is 30 minutes | $10 donation suggested.


Friday, September 19—From Toronto: EVALYN PARRY: SPIN with Billeh Nickerson

On Friday, September 19, the innovative and award-winning Toronto artist EVALYN PARRY takes her audience on an uncommon theatrical and musical journey in SPIN, her tour-de-force performance celebrating the bicycle as muse, musical instrument, and agent of social change.

Inspired in part by the incredible true tale of Annie Londonderry – the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1894—Parry spins a web of stories which travel from 19th century women’s emancipation to 21st century consumer culture, peeling back layers of history to ultimately reveal a profoundly contemporary and personal heart to her theme of liberation.

Parry’s co-star is a vintage bicycle: suspended in a mechanic’s stand on stage, and outfitted with electronic pick-ups, the bike is played by percussionist Brad Hart, who conjures an astonishing array of sounds on his “iron horse”, creating a richly textured and utterly unique sonic accompaniment to Parry’s songs and monologues. Learn more about Evalyn and SPIN at .

“Part theatre, part musical gig, part spoken-word poetry and part documentary…whatever it is, it is brilliant.” (Toronto Star)

Opening for SPIN is Vancouver poet and humorist, BILLEH NICKERSON. Author of The Asthmatic Glassblower, McPoems, and Impact: The Titanic Poems and Artificial Cherry, Billeh is a poignant and hilarious performer. He is co-editor of Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay Male Poets, a silver medalist at the Canadian Gay Curling Championships, and chair of the Creative Writing Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Learn about Billeh here.

Gabriola Golf Club, 825 South Rd | 7:00 pm / Doors at 6:30 | Show is 70 minutes | Tickets $15 at the door, or online  or call 247-0117



Saturday, September 20—From Haida Gwaii: SUSAN MUSGRAVE and STEPHEN REID

In this rare event, poet-novelist Susan Musgrave and writer-felon Stephen Reid will be reading together. They will also each be hosting a writing workshop on Sunday (space is limited so sign-up early).

When convicted bank robber Stephen Reid won the $5,000 City of Victoria’s Butler Book Prize in 2013 for A Crowbar In The Buddhist Garden, he told his wife, Susan Musgrave, that it was his “best jury decision ever.”

Stephen Reid wrote his first book, Jackrabbit Parole, during a 21-year prison sentence for bank robbery, and married his writing mentor, Susan Musgrave, in Kent Institution in 1986. Upon his release, he worked in the field of restorative justice and was a celebrated writer and creative writing teacher until 1999, when he was sentenced to a further 18 years in prison for an armed bank robbery in Victoria, after a prolonged bout with heroin and cocaine addiction. He was released on day parole in February 2014 andis currently working on a second play, Heroin Elvis.

Susan Musgrave has published 30 books and been short-listed four times for the Governor General’s Award, most recently for Origami Dove, a collection of poetry published by McClelland and Stewart. Last year she won the Lush Triumphant Award for a series of poems entitled “The Goodness of this World” about her daughter’s heroin addiction.

In 2012 she won the Spirit Bear Award—a tribute that recognizes the significance of a vital and enduring contribution to the poetry of the Pacific Northwest. “Her artistic presence over the past 40 years has helped create who we are,” wrote Patrick Lane. “She is as important to us as Emily Carr.”

Her latest novel is Given, a sequel to the national bestseller, Cargo of Orchids.She lives on Haida Gwaii, where she owns and manages Copper Beech Guest House, and teaches poetry in UBC’s Optional Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. Haida Gwaii: Foraging and Feasting at the Edge of the World will be published in the spring of 2015 by Whitecap.

At the Net Loft. 1960 Murray Road | 7:00 pm | Tickets $15 at the door, or online or call 247-0117



Sunday, September 21: WRITING WORKSHOPS with Stephen Reid and Susan Musgrave


The boundaries between genres are blurred these days. Creative writing must keep leaping genre lines, in its search for new sources of energy and inspiration. Certain skills are generally useful whether your interest lies in poetry, journal writing, plays, novels with plot, character and dialogue, or imaginative personal essays. As we explore what it means to work as a poet, a novelist, a writer of children’s stories or creative non-fiction, you may well discover talents you never knew you had.

Objectives: The exercises and writing practice we do in this workshop, and the constructive feedback you will receive, will make you a better, more creative writer, no matter what kind of writing you do.

10:00 am | $35 | Poetry Yurt at the Commons | Register early!


This workshop is a series of exercises designed to get you writing from experience, not about it, and writing about what matters to you.

2:00 pm | $35 | Poetry Yurt at the Commons | Register early!

To register for the workshops, email or call 247-0117. You can also register HERE!  Space is limited.


Saturday, September 27: JEM ROLLS

Originally from the UK, performance poet Jem Rolls makes a living solely by shouting. He sells nothing – no books, CDs, ideology or merchandise of any kind. A ranter of the highest order, Jem broke out with his hit poetry cabaret at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1996, hit the Canadian fringe circuit a few years later, and now performs more than 60 shows a year. A self-described nomad, Rolls continues to amuse and amaze from coast to coast with his mesmerizing, high-energy presence and powerful wordplay. He explores the human condition in all its perplexing complexity, in language that ranges from euphonious to nerve-jangling. Jem will be performing some of his classic rants as well excerpts from his latest show, Attacks the Silence.

Poetry Yurt at The Commons | 7:00 pm / Doors at 6:30 | Tickets $15 at the door, or online or call 247-0117




Many thanks to the Quebec Writers’ Guild for sponsoring Ian Ferrier’s appearance, and to the League of Canadian Poets for sponsoring Billeh Nickerson’s reading. Also to Brenda Gaertner and the Netloft.

The Pop-Up Poetry Weekend was made possible by local sponsors who contributed to the Poetry Gabriola Fundraising event at the Old Crow on May 3. Poetry Gabriola sincerely thanks everyone who attended and donated to that event, with special thanks to:

The Old Crow

Gulf Islands

Cobb’s Bakery

Alexa Boulton and Somerset Farms

Alex Varty

Erin Ok

Kathleen Miniely

New Society Press

Lipstick Press

Gabriola Dance & Pilates

D’Ance Glassworks

Gabriola Arts Council

Susan Yates

Tuning In Wellness

Tammy Waibel

Mike Richards, Karyokashin Karate

Tim Harrison

Aleks Brozrozwski

The extraordinary CR Avery

… and to all our readers and volunteers (and anyone we may have missed) a very special THANK YOU.


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