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PHILIP SALOM

Poet and Novelist

 

The Slow Canoe Readings

Good news for readers, listeners and writers who do not want to be bored shitless by long live reading events!

In 2011 a new monthly reading was initiated by Melissa Howard and Oliver Driscoll and held at the Schoolhouse Studios in Abbotsford. The readings immediately attracted a good following and published writers were contacting Melissa and Oliver asking to be on the reading list. That's success.

The idea was novel: four or five guest readers allocated approximately 10 - 12 mins each and no dreaded open section! For 2012 the organisers have announced a new season but have changed the name to The Slow Canoe Readings. The poster is a very Jeanswest in look, and maybe even Deliverance, but the writers are all real people reading their freshest prose, and not a hillbilly in sight.

This line-up includes a new feature - a reading from a writer much admired by the organisers (this week it's Oliver's choice, Aleksandar Hemon).