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World Poetry Vancouver and New Westminster, BC ongoing events.

World Poetry Celebrates Alnoor Gova & Anushka Azadi !

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts, Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon with Super Engineer Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer, Sharon Rowe, welcomed  Alnoor Gova & Anushka Azadi  to the studio, CFRO, 100.5 FM. Also featured was poet Kevin Morris from England who was not able to call in due to a phone problem. He will be trying again on Jan. 26th at 1:40 pm PST.

To hear this special show CLICK HERE!


*Note: all of the above people in the photos have given their permission to be in this poster.
Alnoor Gova’s research focuses on the present Canadian political scene, largely in the areas of Citizenship, Multiculturalism, Immigration, National Security and Law; with a particular focus on anti-Muslim racism aka Islamophobia. PhD Research: “Responses to and interpretation of anti-Muslim racism in Canada : a community perspective” (2015), Available at: Community Research: The Impact of Racial Profiling (2008) co-authored with Rahat Kurd, Available at: 

An Essay titled: “Reading Khadr: Making Sense of Canada’s Reluctance to Do the Right Thing” co-authored with Robert Diab in Ed. Williamson’ Omar Khadr, Oh Canada’ (2012). Alnoor is a producer/co-host with a collective that broadcasts three weekly legacy public affairs shows “Bulland Awaaz”, “the Rational” and “Wednesday Democracy North” on CFRO Vancouver CoopRadio, member owned and operated broadcasting since 1975. Alnoor is passionate and opinionated speaker and has presented at conferences and panel discussions as well as organized and facilitated public forums on a variety of social justice issues for well over a decade. A Co-founder of the Siraat Collective and has worked with a variety of organizations including the Asian Heritage Month Festivals in Metro Toronto and Vancouver. A long Standing board member Neworld Theatre, and Nahid Siqququi Dance Company and recently Vancouver CoopRadio

Anushka Azadi and Alnoor Gova also produce and co-host weekly public affairs shows on CFRO Vancouver, and recently produced a a series of discussions with leading Canadian experts sharing their analysis on C-51/AntiTerrorism Act 2015 titled “Unpacking Anti-Terrorism”, these discussions started in 2014 are continuing and will be uploaded regularly – they are help Canadians better inform themselves about the Anti Terror Laws and can be found here:

Anushka is a queer Indian-Muslim writer, performer and anarchist revolutionary with burning buildings in her dreams and the weapons of love and chaos in her hands. You can find her on the road and in the streets, traveling between the front lines and the city. Look for her first all-poetry chapbook to be published this year amidst the ruins of the old empires.

World Poetry Celebrates Evelyn Sangster Benson !

Ariadne’s Notes: Ariadne’s Notes: On December , 15, 1:00 pm. PST, CFRO 100.5 FM, Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon with super engineer, Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed the talented teacher , storyteller and historian for an informative show full of tips on writing your own family stories and illustrating the tips with great stories of her own. Featured e-poet:  Author Dimitris P. Kraniotis from Greece.  Christmas Music by Tone Proust. (Sharon’s favorite teacher) 






Born at New Westminster B.C. in 1934, Evelyn Sangster Benson is the youngest daughter of former Mayor J. Lewis Sangster. The Sangster family has deep roots in the Royal City reaching back to 1894.   Evelyn’s husband of 62 years, Don Benson, is New Westminster’s Poet Laureate Emeritus.

                Evelyn’s first book is a Best-seller in New Westminster:  “A CENTURY IN A SMALL TOWN – One Family’s Stories”.  Evelyn has been gathering oral history most of her life and her remarkable memory allows her to retell stories told TO her in her childhood years by her grandparents, parents and other kin.  As a high school teacher, she realized how interested her students were as she related stories from “the olden days”.  Urged by her students to “write a book”, Evelyn put it off until she realized her 80th birthday was on the horizon.

                Now, at speaking engagements, Evelyn urges others to put their family’s stories and anecdotes down in written or recorded form for the generations to come.  Her enthusiasm is an inspiration to her family and to other Seniors. Her book won the “Best book of 2013 Award” from the Genealogical Society of British Columbia.

   Evelyn tells me her new book  “A CENTURY IN A SMALL TOWN – More Family Stories” is available on and at Black Bond Bookstores. A great gift for Christmas!

World Poetry Celebrates Ruth Kozak!

Ariadne’s Notes: On November 24TH, 1:00 pm. PST, CFRO 100.5 FM, Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon with super engineer, Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed the incomparable  Ruth Kozak, historical novelist, travel writer and poems (when they poems come to her)  to the World Poetry Café Radio Show. Ruth read from her upcoming book, volume two and related a story about a vision she had of her lead in the two volume books, seeing Alexander the Great walking with a friend down a path at Delphi. E-poems by John Rice, Canada and Dr. Sendoo Hadaa from Mongolia. Music by Leadbelly and Duane Prousk.




RUTH KOZAK is a Canadian historical fiction writer and travel journalist with a strong interest in history and archaeology. She publishes regularly in print and on-line travel magazines and wrote an e-book guide “Athens and Beyond” available on Kindle. A frequent traveler she has lived several years in Greece and visits there regularly. She recently retired as president of the BC Association of Travel Writers and edits and publishes a travel e-zine TRAVEL THRU HISTORY Ruth teaches creative writing and instructs writer’s group as well as conducting workshops on travel and novel writing.

Her first historical fiction novel, “SHADOW OF THE LION” about the fall of Alexander the Great’s dynasty, was extensively researched in Greece and Asia Minor with the support of Classical scholars, the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Society of Macedonian Studies (Thessaloniki), the Finnish Institute in Athens, the Norwegian Institute of Athens and with further research undertaken in the Gennadius Library and the British Library in Athens.

SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON is Volume One of an epic story set in the aftermath of the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC and the bloody Wars of Succession which follows. Complete with all the ingredients of a Greek tragedy, SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON’s remarkable story, driven by blood, lust, fierce loyalty, blind ambition and power, not only happens to be true, but possesses the hallmarks of being hailed as a literary classic of its genre!

Published in UK by Media Aria- CDM Publishers in 2014, the novel will appear in two volumes, Volume 1 “SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON”  now available on and bookstores.  Her successful book launch in January 2015 was held at the Hellenic Centre, Vancouver and sponsored by the Greek Consul.

Volume 2 subtitled “SHADOW OF THE LION: THE FIELDS OF HADES” will be out by late November 2016.

Ruth recently finished a successful book promo tour to Greece where she read at the Canadian Institute, and for two grade nine classes at the Athens Community School. Previously she was invited to the World Poetry Conference in Larissa to present her book and read at the Athens Centre. Ruth was award an “empowered writer’ award at the World Poetry Peace Poetathon in 2014.

Ruth is currently working on an e-book on “Exploring the Greek Islands” for Hunter Publisher USA and a work-in-progress novel “Dragons in the Sky”, a story that links the Celts and Greeks and is written partly in Bardic verse.

See MediaAria-CDM for publicity for the novel: