26 May 2010

Ashes, Paper & Beans: 25 mai 2010

CHSR logoAshes, Paper & Beans: Fredericton’s Writing & Arts Show
Producer–Host: Joe Blades
Sunday rebroadcast, 1–2 PM
CHSR 97.9 FM, www.chsrfm.ca
Fredericton, NB, Canada

From the 2010 International Literature Manifestation—Sarajevo Poetry Days, Sarajevo, BiH
11 May, 20:30 h. International Poetry Evening:
Moderator: Adisa Bašic.
Participants: Hanane Aad (Lebanon),
Chingiz Alioglu (Azerbaijan),
Sead Begovic (Croatia),
Joe Blades (Canada),
Colin Carberry (Canada),
Petar Gudelj (Croatia),
Vera Horvat (Serbia),
Nora Iuga (Romania),
Risto Jacev (Macedonia),
Boris Kastel (Montenegro),
Vjaceslav Kuprijanov (Russia),
Arian Leka (Albania),
Milovan Marcetic (Serbia),
Mohammad Ali Migdady (Jordan)

Fredericton Readings News: Trafesty Café; Triny Finlay book launch

ce 21: Sarajevo Poetry Days

A few photos from and around the 11-16 May 2010 49th International Literature Manifestation—Sarajevo Poetry Days festival . . .

Newpaper coverage of the Festival's opening.

Moderna kanadska poezija. Sudjeluju: Ken Babstock, Joe Blades, Colin Carberry, Karen Mulhallen, Fraser Sutherland. O pjesnicima govore: Goran Simić i Višnja Brčić [+ an actor/reader at far left]. Stihove kanadskih pjesnika govori: Snežana Marković. Bošnjački institut - 19,00 sati. Ulica Mula Mustafe Bašeskije 21, Sarajevo.

At one of the lunches in the Writers' Club, Sarajevo. L-R: Karen Mulhallen, Nataša Nuhanović, Goran Simić, Colin Carberry and Risto Jačev.

ce 20: found photo du jour

Found at 16:52 h, 12 May 2010, on the sidewalk outside Unitic Business Center on Fra Audela Zuizdovica street, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Likely from a school grades record book.

15 May 2010

ce 19: Motrista journal

Mostrista journal in Mostar that I and all or most all the Sarajevo Poetry Days participating poets have a poem in (in Bosnian original or translation).

We arrived in Mostar midafternoon, in time of a roast calf lunch. It's been day of torrential thunder and lightning storm/showers since before dawn in Sarajevo.

Does "bus of poets" = "ship of fools"?

12 May 2010

ce 18: Banja Luka to Sarajevo

One of those days: Space Invaders Against Racism.

Locals in their garden patch just outside of town.

Steel works in the valley about 40 north of Sarajevo.

Next will likely be photos from Sarajevo Poetry Days. Article on yesterday´s opening was in today´s Oslobadenja newspaper (not online)
Petar Gudelj, pjesnik article

10 May 2010

ce 17: Restoran Kazamat

Entrance to the restaurant in the casemates in the Fortress Kastel's stone walls.

Inside the Kazamat.

View of part of Fortress Kastel and the river from the outside dining terrace.

09 May 2010

ce 16: Victory Day

Mr Black cafe quiet, mid morning I heard noises and looked out to discover prep for something in the square beside Hotel Bosna.

Sign on the podium. I'm guessing it might have something in common with the 65th anniversary of the Soviet Russian defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII on 9 May 1945 ... the one big speech I heard repeatedly named Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and other countries ...

and, yes, Republika Srpska celebrates Victory Day or Victory over Fascism Day on 9 Maja. In other parts of Europe, 8 May is the VE-Day celebration.

Old flag and soldiers.

Monument with the hammer and sickle carved into the star.

Choir singing songs including what's likely Republika Srpska's national anthem.

The ceremoney ended with trad musicians and dancers in the square.

One last view, from my balcony, of the dancers in the square forming a V for victory.

08 May 2010

2010 05 28 Arts Researchers and Teachers Preconference

Arts Researchers and Teachers Preconference
Friday May 28, 2010
Room H627, Concordia University, Montreal

(No fee or registration required. ARTS members & friends welcome. Please RSVP to diane.conrad@ualberta.ca.)

9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Workshop: Inquiry, Meaning-making & Representation in/through Arts
Facilitated by Lynn Fels and Kathryn Rickets.
A place for all of us to inquire, make-meaning and talk about what inquiry, meaning-making, and representation are, in the arts.

12:00 – 1:00 pm. Lunch on your own.

1:00 – 4:00 pm.
Discussion: Key issues in Arts-based Research
Chaired by Diane Conrad.
A time for ARTS members and friends to engage in open conversation about key issues for arts-based research – key issues as identified by members.

4:00 – 5:00 pm. ARTS Graduate Award Winner Presentations

2010 ARTS Graduate Award winner: Kedrick James, University of British Columbia, Writing Post-Person: and Sustainability in the Age of Disposable Information.

Honourable Mention: Ann Wessels, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Interplay and Overlay: Devising and Intercultural Pedagogy.

5:00 – 6:00 pm. ARTS Annual General Meeting

6:00 pm. ARTS Dinner at a local restaurant to be confirmed: Magdala Resto Lounge (Ethiopian fare) 1222 Rue Bishop.

27 mai 2010 Hispanic-Canadian Women Writers conference

There will be a one-day Spanish literary conference on Hispanic-Canadian Women Writers at Concordia University with the support of the Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics Department, and the Canadian Literary Association of Women Latin American Writers, CCLEH.

If you know of others people interested in participating in the conference, please let me know as soon as possible.

1. To hold the second annual meeting of Hispanic-Canadian Women Writers, critics and editors and to present books and publications relevant to the theme.
2. To invite the Latin American Consulates and members of the Spanish communities in Montreal, and increase awareness of the literary work of women writers through reading poetry, short stories and fiction in Spanish.
3. To create a National Association of Women Writers.

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2010
Place: Henry F. Hall Building, Room 1013
1455 Boulevard de Maisonneuve West (Metro Guy-Concordia)
Montreal, QC
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Registration $30.00

Yolanda Duque Vidal, Gabriela Etcheverry, Jorge Etcheverry, Anita Junge-Hammersely, Nela Rio, Lady Rojas Benavente, Cora Siré, & Luis Alberto Ambroggio

Lady Rojas Benavente, Cora Siré & Yolanda Duque Vidal

07 May 2010

ce 15: article in Glas srpske

Џо Блејдс: Пјесников ум никад није зао /
Džo Blejds: Pjesnikov um nikad nije zao
in Glas Srpske daily newspaper, Banja Luka.

ce 14: more Banja Luka

University of Banja Luka plaque.

Joe Blades, wearing a RCMP T-shirt, reading poetry at UBL on 4 May 2010.

View of the neaby hills.

Part of the riverside cafe Castra where I met with Tatjana Bijelic to discuss a book translation in the works.

Entrance to the riverside Fortress KASTEL, containing the Restoran Kazamat.

Some of the other troubadours travelling in the Balkans and Central Europe this spring: Megadeath, Massive Attack, Deep Purple, Elton John, Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood, Leonard Cohen, Bob ... and not in this picture---Blood, Sweat & Tears, Fatboy Slim, Lady Gaga, Kiss, Metallica, Paul Anka ...

04 May 2010

ce 13: on the road to Banja Luka

The reka Dunav / Danube river at Novi Sad, Srbjia, from the bus crossing one of the bridges.

Local wicker goods in a roadside market.

Barbies and toy guns in the same roadside market.

View of Banja Luka, Republik Srpska (BiH), from my 4th floor room balcony (on the hotel's 6th floor).

Blurred quick snap of the photographer and interviewer/journalist Tanja Stupar last evening in Mr Black cafe. Tanja is also a poet performing in the Sarajevo Poetry Days festival next week---though not in the same reading(s) as me. When the interview gets printed and posted online I hope to be able to link it to the blog or somewhere ... even though it will all be in Serbian (poet Tatjana Bijelic was translating Tanya's questions and my replies).

Night view of the church located between City Hall and the Casa de Cultura just across the street from Hotel Bosna.

01 May 2010

Write Out Loud - Trippin' - The Poet's Corner of Canada: Fredericton, New Brunswick

May Day 2010!

Back in January I was asked to write an article on the poetry scene in Fredericton for an ezine in England. I was so busy that it wasn't until I got to Srbjia two weeks ago that I found some breathing space to write it. I love the photos/illustrations that they added to it (I supplied my photo at the article's beginning and the Fredericton Green-verte launch photo).

Write Out Loud - Trippin'

My next article I intend to be on the 49th Sarajevo Poetry Days festival once, or after, I trip there and participoet again.