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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Vancouver to Scotland

This beautiful Sunday was a poetry double header in Ottawa this afternoon. I don't regret not raking the rest of my lawn to catch these two compelling poets live.

Vancouverite Meredith Quartermain was invited by rob mclennan to appeared at Mother Tongue Books. As announced last month, Meredith is shortlisted this year for the Dorothy Livesay prize for her book, Vancouver Walking (NeWest Press). The Dorothy Livesay prize is sponsored by the BC Teachers’ Federation and is one of eight BC Book Prizes given annually to recognize excellence in British Columbia literature.

Robin Robertson, the Scot, easily charmed the audience as read from his books of poetry at the Manx Pub today. Robin's third collection of poems, Swithering, has been nominated for the 2006 T. S. Eliot Prize. His appearance today brought out many of Ottawa's own poets and artistic community. Kudos to Plan 99 Reading Series for bringing him to Ottawa.


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