Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mary Dalton reading in honour of PK Page Feb 2 St. John's, Newfoundland | |

Mary Dalton reading in honour of PK Page
By Janet Harron

A nationwide campaign designed to honour Canadian poet PK Page will stop at Memorial University on Thursday, Feb. 2,. Established by the League of Canadian Poets, the PK Page Trust Fund is designed to support Canadian poets and poetry.
Poet and Memorial English professor Mary Dalton will read a selection of her own new and recently published work at the reading in support of the trust fund. Professor Dalton will join the other participating poets in the Canadian campaign in donating her reading fee to the trust.
A silent auction of a letterpress print of a poem by PK Page will take place at the event, the proceeds from which will also go to the trust fund.
The event, to be held at 7:30 p.m. in room 1046 of the Arts and Administration building, is sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets (LCP) and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Prof. Dalton is honoured to participate in the event.
“PK Page is one of Canada's greatest poets," she said. "The LCP couldn't have chosen a more accomplished artist to honour with this trust fund which will help out poets who need help and will foster poetry across the country. I'm happy to be contributing to the league's efforts by sharing my new work with an audience here -- and on Feb. 2, the eve of the birthday of our own great poet, E. J. Pratt, as well.”
Born in 1916, PK Page’s artistic and poetic career spanned more than five decades, ending only with her death in 2010.  More information on the trust can be found at
You can download poems by Mary Dalton or order the audio book CD of Merrybegot from Merrybegot is read by Anita Best with music by Patrick Boyle.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Nicola Hawkins at the Rooms Art Gallery Wed. Jan 25

Nicola Hawkins
Presentation by the Artist
Art Gallery, The Rooms, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Wednesday, January 25, 7 pm

Exhibition publication launch, performance and gallery tour by the artist.

Junkosphere, a visual art exhibit by Nicola Hawkins with Andy Perlis is currently on exhibit at the Rooms Art Gallery 

December 17 - April 15, 2012

Nicola Hawkins is an artist based in Admiral's Cove, Newfoundland. She works in whatever medium strikes her fancy. She has even been known to narrate a story by Kathleen Winter for Rattling Books.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sparks Literary Festival, St. John's, Newfoundland January 22, 2012

Once again a great line up of Newfoundland authors can be heard reading their work at the Sparks Festival spearheaded by Mary Dalton at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at the Petro Canada Hall, School of Music. (Map)

This year's schedule below includes links for participating authors with Rattling Books recordings  

to their respective pages on

10 a.m. - Opening remarks:
Dr. Lisa Rankin, Dean of Arts
Mary Dalton, Director, SPARKS
10:10 – 11:40 a.m. - Session 1
Chair: Joan Clark
Readers: Edward Riche, Stephanie Trevorrow, Marjorie Doyle, Mark Callanan
11:40 a.m. – 12 p.m. - Mingling with authors and exhibitors
12 – 1 p.m. - Lunch break in the Hutton Choral Room (MU-1032)
1 – 2:20 p.m. - Session 2
Chair: Ramona Dearing
Readers: Danielle Devereaux, Lesleyanne Ryan, Patrick Warner, Joel Hynes
2:20 – 2:30 p.m. – Coffee Break
2:30 – 4 p.m. – Session 3
Chair: Stan Dragland
Readers: Agnes Walsh, John Ennis, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Leslie Vryenhoek
4 – 4:20 p.m. – Coffee Break in MU-1032
4:20 – 6 p.m. – Session 4
Chair: Rob Finley
Readers: Russell Wangersky, Shoshanna Wingate, Frank Barry
Haiku competition announcement
Cox & Palmer SPARKS Creative Writing Award announcement
Closing remarks: Mary Dalton
6 p.m. – Reception in Hutton Choral Room (MU-1032)
Authors are available to sign books after their reading sessions.
The festival is open to all. Free parking is available in Lot 15B, next to (and east of) the School of Music.
For more about the Sparks Festival visit their website.