On Thursday night I was part of a reading at the Irving West hotel in Gander. It was a quiet evening with a combination of readings and musical performances. The readers consisted of local writers from the Gander Writer’s Group and music by Ken Raymond, Juan O’Quinn and a couple others. Philip Patey, the Central representative for the Writer’s Alliance of NL was also there to lend a reading. I got the opportunity to chat with him briefly at the first intermission before I had to step out. We had a conversation about his experience working with Lorna Crozier in a workshop some years ago. Lorna Crozier is one of my favourite poets and was quite pleased to hear his story.
A friend of mine came along, as did my wife, to show support (the former brought along some of his photography equipment and took a couple of pictures. You can see one of them in my author profile for this blog). Here’s a video of one of the poems from the reading: