Protecting our pollinators

Always a pleasure to learn more about bees and the environment—here’s Royal Roads University President Philip Steenkamp on protecting pollinators:

Appreciate the mention for Listening to the Bees, which I co-authored with the wonderful Mark Winston!

This work, a wonderful combination of science and art, recounts the lessons learnt from a life spent living among the bees. It is a delight to read, like dipping into a jar of honey. (This book and Winston’s Lessons from the Hive are both available in the RRU Library.)”

‘The Summons’ face masks created as fundraiser for Surrey Art Gallery Association

From the Surrey News Leader:

Surrey Art Gallery Association’s online gift shop is the place to buy “The Summons,” a poetry- and art-covered face mask that “honours the cycles of change and transformation that people are individually and collectively going through.”

The mask was co-created by Surrey-based artist Debbie Westergaard Tuepah and poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar, who was Surrey’s first Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2018.”

Masks are available for purchase at the Surrey Art Gallery Association.

Lunch Poems Online with Daniela Elza and Danielle LaFrance

Lunch Poems is a unique opportunity to celebrate poetry and is held now online on the third Wednesday of every month, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. This month’s reading features poets Daniela Elza & Danielle LaFrance.

The raison d’être of Lunch Poems is to invite and welcome everyone to enjoy poetry in a relaxed and casual atmosphere: whether you are new to poetry or have had a long romance with it. We invite you to join us to lunch on words and feed your soul.

Register Online for Free Here

Surrey International Writers Conference: Currently Underway!

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As a board member I get to work with amazing folks, and each year brings new ways to learn and engage with writing and professional development. This year due to our pandemic, the team at SiWC created an online version that has grown bigger than ever:

With attendees, volunteers, staff, and presenters, we’re close to 750 (registrants),” conference co-ordinator Kathy Chung told the Now-Leader.

“It’s bigger than the regular conference, which is no doubt in part due to the fact that we consistently sell out the available space in the hotel very quickly. We had a bit more flexibility with virtual space and so were able to accommodate more people.”

Modelling the conference’s “This Day We Write” typewriter dress, available via

It will be lovely to connect with writers familiar and new:

Mary Robinette Kowal, Susanna Kearsley and Diana Gabaldon are among the returning presenters, along with Sonali Dev, Erin Roberts, Daniel Heath Justice, Tetsuro Shigematsu, Helaine Becker, and Mahtab Narsimhan.”

Anyone interested can also follow along with the hashtags #thisdaywewrite and #SiWC20.

Full conference schedule here