Category Archives: World Poetry New Westminster

World Poetry New Westminster meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month except (July and August) at 6:30 pm at the New Westminster Public Library,New Westminster Public Library.
716-6th Avenue
(Auditorium Room)
New Westminster, BC
Poetry, book launches, free raffle, open mike, features. Free. All welcome.

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 Special Events and Radio Guests April 27 & 29 and May 5th!

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Here are the upcoming events and the World Poetry Café Radio Show guests! Radio shows: Thursdays, April 28, CFRO 100.5 FM . Guests: Carla Evans and  Raoul Fernandez. 1-2 pm. Phone  poem from India Vani Pradeep for National Poetry Month. CLICK HERE!

May 5, guests:  Dr. Ajay Garg, poet in Hindi and English, author and Ehud Asherie,  jazz pianist on tour.

World Poetry New Westminster Celebrates National Poetry Month and Spring!, April 27th, 6:30-8:30 pm. New Westminster Public Library







April 29the Media Lab,  Richmond  Cultural Centre. Richmond, BC.


Rapping Afghan: an intimate evening of film, poetry and music”Friday April 29th    7:30 pm – 9:00pm, Richmond Media Lab,7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond BC Canada.Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Ying Wang.
First event of Cinevolution’s year around Media Cafe series and part of the national Asian Heritage Month activities, Rapping Afghan brings films, poetry and music together to highlight the Afghan art and culture.  Come with your art to this intimate evening of sharing and celebration.

Poetry by Wida Tausif and others. Need  musicians,  artists, readers in Farsi , poets in other languages. Please register:

The Street Wolves
Special Afghan Films: Rahmat Haidari’s film Street Wolves,  and  RAP Under the Skin of Afghanistan , a brand new film by Sharif Saedi

Event Partners: Cinevolution,
World Poetry, VAHMS ,,  Richmond Media Lab



World Poetry Celebrates Jade White, a Rising Star!

Ariadne’s Notes: On March 31st, 2016 the World Poetry Café with host and producer Ariadne Sawyer , co-host Neall Ryon and sound engineer Victor Schwartzman welcome an amazing rising star from LA, 18 year old Jade White in her first radio interview, brought to us by  Osiris Munir and Ankh Entertainment 

To hear this wonderful youth singer CLICK HERE!



Jade White:

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, 18-year-old indie-pop artist, Jade White has grown up with a deep love for music. Always “singing and writing in her head, “White turned to music to overcome significant life challenges, to speak her mind and to articulate her unique energy through her voice.

With a passion for musical theater, White has been acting and singing since she was a child, starring in stage productions in and around Southern California. Yearning to move beyond the stage, White teamed with producers, Tom & Jenn Korbee to craft her debut single, “Someone to Call My Own.”

“Someone to Call My Own” which debuts on August 4th is a reflection of experiences that reveal, in brutal honesty, a desire to connect with others in a much deeper manner. White’s vocals generate an authentic calmness combined with melodic irresistibility, a cross between the vocal styling’s of Hayley Williams and Norah Jones.

Jade will be performing throughout Southern California  over the coming months as she prepares to release her new EP, also titled, “Someone to Call My Own.”