Episode Three: How to Escape
When jail or a retirement home is your only option, sometimes you need to burn your past to the ground and start again. And sometimes you need to take a moment to reflect on everything you have, because freedom takes many forms.
Ulrike Narwani, poet, Wild Strawberries
Ulrike Narwani’s debut volume of poetry, Collecting Silence, was published by Ronsdale Press in 2017. Patrick Lane said of her work: “A clear, precise voice; Narwani’s intimacy with images is impeccable. She is a fine poet, her grasp of structure and tone informs the heart.” Yvonne Blomer added: “Here, prayer wheels are set spinning, a lake is “god’s protean eye lined with kohl,” and an ordinary day is linked to a sinking ferry, a fire, an ice shelf cracking.”
Ulrike’s lyric poetry has appeared most recently in The Antigonish Review, Island Writer, and Canadian Literature, in the anthologies Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds, Voicing Suicide, and Hologram for P.K. Page, her haiku in Last Train Home (2021) and The Wanderer Brush, a book of haiga. Poems have won FreeFall’s contest and traveled on BC Transit. A haiku won the 2020 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational top award for BC.
Ulrike moved to Sidney, BC in 2003 after living in the U.S., England, India and Thailand for many years. She and her husband have co-written a memoir, Above the Beaten Path, about their around-the-world flying adventures (frequently accompanied by one or another of their three children) in a single-engine Cessna 182.
Performed by Elizabeth Hall
Elizabeth is a poet, writer, dreamer, artist, photographer and martial artist.
Mother and wife, she lives, plays and works within Greater Victoria, BC on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish, Lekwungen/Songhees and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, where she has been since 1994 when fate took a weekend visit with a friend and turned it into a permanent relocation.
Elizabeth has been writing as long as she has been able to hold a writing tool and make words appear on the page - predominantly a poet, she shares her innermost thoughts, observations and experiences, including her ongoing battle with her own mental and physical health.
Along with writing, Elizabeth is a voracious reader with a minor book hoarding problem - that she does not consider a problem at all - the only problem, according to her, is deciding what to read next. She loves to go exploring, learning and seeing things through the eyes, minds and words of others.
With a passion for learning and continued self improvement, Elizabeth also enjoys looking for unique or different ways to explore and experience her passions from all angles and perspectives. In a "just say yes" leap of faith moment, and as part of her desire to break out of her comfort zone once in a while, she performed on stage for the 2018 inaugural event of "The Connection Project", a mental health awareness event in Sidney, BC created by the amazing Emily Olsen.
Through her "PewterPics and ThePewterPen", Elizabeth shares her poetry, ponderings, art and photos on Facebook and her poetry and ponderings on YouTube.
Facebook: PewterPics and ThePewterPen
Performed by Afarin Mirzadeh
Born in Iran, Afarin Mirzadeh moved to Canada with her family when she was only 5 years old, and is now residing in British Columbia with an educational background in Broadcasting and Communication. For the last 3 years, she’s been working as a radio host in Prince George, BC, and has most recently moved to Kamloops for new opportunities with her partner Bryce. Besides art, her biggest side passion is her topical podcast, Sexy Kabob, which she records with her boyfriend. She is a passionate dog mother to her first born dog-child, Eden, and wants to be a good role model to her by continuing to grow and be successful in the field of broadcasting.
Podcast: Sexy Kabob
Jude Morton, author, Borders
Jude Morton was born in Saskatchewan, of Ukrainian and Irish ancestry. After a collection of early jobs - file clerk, bookbinder, freelance journalist, and computer programmer – she has spent her adult life travelling the world as a business analyst in the container shipping industry. The product of an unconventional education, she has written poetry, fiction and essays since she learned how to hold a pen. She self-published a chapbook of poems, Labyrinth, in 1972, and a book of essays, Travels in the Bone House, in 2012. She is a bibliophile who enjoys eclectic interests - as an independent scholar, she researches and speaks at conferences on the phenomena of Black Madonnas, and studies early Greek papyri. She is the winner of the Creative Non-Fiction category of the 2020 Victoria Writers’ Society contest, and has been short-listed for the Creative Non-Fiction category of the tenth annual BriarPatch Magazine Writing in the Margins contest. She lives in Victoria, BC.
Amazon: Jude Morton
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Sharon McInnes, author, Various Functions of Fire
Sharon McInnes is the author of Across a Narrow Strait (2018), a novel, and Up Close & Personal: Confessions of a Backyard Birder (2012). She has served on the boards of the Federation of BC Writers and the North Shore Writers Association and is currently a member of the Comox Valley Writers Society. Her articles and columns have been published in magazines and newspapers, and she was a monthly contributor to Bird Canada for seven years. In 2012, her personal essay, Formative Years, was published in Living Artfully: Reflections From the Far Left Coast. In 2020, she began focusing on writing short stories. That year, The David and Goliath was published in Island Writer magazine, A Symphony of Sparrows took second prize for fiction in Askew’s Word on the Lake Contest, and Various Functions of Fire took first place for fiction in the Victoria Writers Society competition. Also, The Neighbour was shortlisted for the FBCW BC & Yukon Short Fiction Contest, then won second prize for fiction in the Melody Richardson Memorial Contest. Sharon lives in Cumberland, where she’s working on a book of personal essays about the time she spent looking after her mom, who had dementia, and writing stories.
Performed by Sally Campbell
Sally Campbell is a cub reporter and activist who lives with her husband on Hornby Island. She began acting as a child, performing on CBC radio and TV dramas. That morphed over the years into community theatre and she has had a wonderful time performing juicy roles in such plays as “Top Girls”, “Memory of Water”, “Rapture, Blister, Burn” as well as a sold out series of sketch comedy shows with Hornby’s erstwhile Muddy Sundries. A retired mediator and conflict specialist, Sally now puts her energy to World Beyond War and efforts to divert spending from militarism to climate crisis, as well as Palestinian solidarity. She plays with her grandchildren whenever possible.