Events and readings

Sept 14 & 15: Remembering Air India Book Launch

New from University of Alberta Press, Remembering Air India:

On June 23, 1985, the bombing of Air India Flight 182 killed 329 people, most of them Canadians. Today this pivotal event in Canada’s history is hazily remembered, yet certain interests have shaped how the tragedy is woven into public memory, and even exploited to advance a strategic national narrative. Remembering Air India insists that we “remember Air India otherwise.” This collection investigates the Air India bombing and its implications for current debates about racism, terrorism, and citizenship. Drawing together academic analysis, testimony, visual arts, and creative writing, this innovative volume tenders a new public record of the bombing, one that shows how important creative responses are for deepening our understanding of the event and its aftermath.”

Book launch details in Toronto and Hamilton:

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Events and readings

air india [redacted]: silence & longing 30 years since flight 182

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Based on the award-winning book of poetry “children of air india” by Vancouver writer, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, this is an international project with music by Irish composer Jürgen Simpson. air india [redacted] is a multi-layered work featuring Turning Point Ensemble, soprano Zorana Sadiq, baritone Alexander Dobson, countertenor Daniel Cabena and moving images. The result is an innovative theatrical experience of music, voice, poetry and projections that will address multiple issues related to the Air India bombing.”

Showtimes: November 6, 7, 10, and 11th at 8:00 pm, Doors at 7:30 pm
Matinee performance: November 8 at 2:00 pm, Doors at 1:30 pm

Location: Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver

about doing the work, children of air india

Air India 182: The 30th Anniversary

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Ahakista Memorial of the Air India 182 Bombing. Image by Pam Brophy.

This past month, I was honoured to be invited to do a reading from children of air india at the West Cork Arts Centre. Below, a summary of the Irish news coverage regarding the 30th anniversary of the bombing of Air India Flight 182:

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The bombing of Air India Flight 182: A Canada/Ireland connection

Guest reading in Skibbereen, Ireland on June 22 titled History, Grief, Remembrance: the bombing of Air India Flight 182, June 23, 1985, a Canada/Ireland connection.

West Cork Art Centre
Image from the West Cork Art Centre

“This event at Uillinn will probe in these various ways “the central proposition that violence emits a continuing sonar, an echolocation that finds us, as citizens/individuals/people, and as a community/nation/gathering.”

Date: Monday 22 June, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Uillinn – West Cork Arts Centre
Free Event, Booking required
All welcome

I’ll also visit the Air India Memorial in Ahakista, Ireland to attend the 30th Anniversary memorial: there is a garden on the shores of the Sheep’s Head peninsula, a long stone wall carved with the names of the dead and a sundial sculpture… each year local Cork families and school children join returning Air India family members in a short service. One of my first Air India poems imagined this experience: “Flying across Canada to Ireland” and it is now embedded across the length of the book, children of air india.