Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe radio show had exceptional guests today! January 11, 1-2 PM . First up was Kevin Morris, a blind poet who was launching his new audio book and reading poems from London, England. Then, we had the dynamic duo of Digs Lewis and Paul Bolotin , film music composers from LA who spoke about their work and gave tips for young music film composers just starting out. We also had a brand new Big Bessie story from Sharon Rowe and a proclamation from Alaha Ahrar, back by popular request and a e-peace poem from Egypt from the talented Mahinour Tawfik. also by popular request. Music by Andy Vine and Kendra Shank.
Much of Kevin’s poetry is inspired by the environment. He lives close to an historic park in the Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace area (a suburb of London).Upper Norwood derives it’s name from the Great North Wood and remains one of the greenest parts of greater London.
Being visually impaired Kevin uses Job Access with Speech or JAWS software which converts text into speech and braille enabling him to use a standard Windows computer or laptop.
Ariadne’s Notes: World Poetry Café went live for the first time ever to New Westminster, BC, Canada to celebrate our yearly program In Loving Memory with Ariadne Sawyer and Anita Aguirre Nieveras along with super tech Victor Schwartzman at the controls in Vancouver!
Each year World Poetry features a tribute to our World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award winners who have passed on but are with us in spirit.
*If anyone has a picture of Shulamit , please send it to me and I will post it.
Featured on the In Loving Memory show: World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Shulamit Joffre.
Shulamit was a valued member of our World Poetry family. She was a mystical poet with a deep and abiding attraction to all things spiritual, believed that writing poetry was a condition of her birth. Born in Montreal, she lived and wrote in Vancouver, British Columbia. She shared her life with her husband Ray, their dog and cat. She also spent as much time as she could with her daughter Jessica and her grandson Nathaniel. Shulamit was a World Poetry Lifetime Achievement award winner and the organizer and host of the successful reading series, First Tuesday Assembly of Poets held at Chapters in downtown Vancouver. Syllables of Creation was her fourth book of poetry.
In Loving Memory: World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and Crusader for Justice Dugald Christie. or a special program about the life and work of World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner poet and lawyer Dugald Christie. Christie often wrote poems about the justice system and presented them to lawyers and judges. One of his published books, A Journey into Justice described his cycling trip to Ottawa, Ontario to burn his robes in protest. It also contains many poems.
In loving Memory Tribute to Vera Manuel , First Nations Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, mentor to many. Vancouver-based Secwepemc-Ktunaxa playwright, poet, and storyteller. Vera was the eldest daughter of Grand Chief George Manuel, the first president of the National Indian Brotherhood.
Her play, Strength of Indian Women was staged through-out North American and published as in the anthology Two Plays about Residential Schools (along with Larry Loyie). Her work was honoured with inclusion at the Native American Women Playwrights Program, housed at Maima University, in Oxford, Ohio. Her poetry has appeared in various publications, most recently in ROCKSALT: An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry. Vera was one of the inspirations along with Elder Gabriel Bartelman, MA lay faculty member for Ariadne for her thesis and mentor for an upcoming book, Love Poems for the World.
In Loving Memory tribute to World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Madge Kimball of Salt Spring Island. An amazing pianist and beloved piano teacher as well as a poet, writer and mentor to many. Beloved mother of Ariadne Sawyer and her brother . Cherished wife and the inspiration of Hudson Kimball, Poet and writer. She moved 35 times in her lifetime, in various countries and was well loved by her students. Her Poems appeared in The World Poetry Anthology and other publications.
I want to thank all the World Poetry Participants , publishers, the World Poetry Canada International closed groups Peaceathon, World Poetry Youth Team and, media partners in print and digital poetry association partners and film partners. In 2017, the film partners reached numbered 7 and we are grateful for their wonderful films and the opportunity to promote them. We hope to expand into other media as well.
The World Poetry Café radio show has been on the air continually since 1991 and the current team will be adding a couple of guest hosts in January and February. We just received a certificate from the station which I hope to post.
The show how has now reached 101 countries and the book launches have also been very popular with a wait list for a variety of guests from LA and New York , USA, as well as the world.
The World Poetry Peace Celebration still has poems to be read on the show and certificates to be sent out. 700 peace poems were received and are being read on the show with more coming in.
I want to thank all of your who have sent messages, phoned and contacted me in appreciation of what World Poetry has done for them, opened the doors for contacts and positive exposure and in bringing the poets, musicians, artists, writers together worldwide as a family in support of respect, love and peace. As one media person put it! “They love your positive and respectful show!’’
A big thank you to are directors and advisors!
This is a volunteer position for me and I hope to do the best job possible promoting all of you.
In the new year, we hope to expand with a FB Media Page, podcasts and World Poetry Media reporters searching out and reporting on positive news with the goals of respect, unity, love and peace.