The Phoenix News: The World of Renee Saklikar

renee-saklikar-poet

Thank you to Paula Tran, the arts editor of The Phoenix News, for publishing this lovely piece. An excerpt from our exchange:

How would you describe yourself in one sentence?” I ask her.

Renee pauses and thinks for a minute. “I am passionate about connecting people through poetry.”

Read the article here

 

 

 

SiWC 2016: Exploring Personal and Cultural Trauma in Poetry

siwc-2016

Pleased to be leading a workshop at this year’s Surrey International Writers’ Conference. Here’s the official description:

“Award-winning author Renée Sarojini Saklikar leads this session with conversation and writing prompts to help participants explore personal and cultural trauma. Renée will share her personal journey in writing poetry: “children of air india”, un/authorized exhibits and interjections, particularly her approach to invention strategies for telling difficult and painful personal and historical stories. There will be plenty of time for questions and for writing, and maybe a little time for participants to read briefly from their work, should they choose.”

Date: October 20
Time: 3:45pm
Location: The Sheraton Guildford, 15269 104th Avenue

I’ll also be hosting a fun and supportive open mic poetry session on the Saturday, at 3:45pm. Looking forward to connect with the writing community!

Click here for details

 

Absence/Longing: writing towards silence and longing

Looking forward to hosting this writing workshop TODAY at the Anvil Centre:

Renee Saklikar, author of children of air india
Photo by A.Tsabari

“Award-winning author Renée Sarojini Saklikar hosts an afternoon reading, with conversation and writing prompts to help participants explore personal and cultural trauma. Renée will share her personal journey in writing poetry “children of air india”, un/authorized exhibits and interjections,  particularly her approach to invention strategies for telling difficult and painful personal and historical stories. There will be plenty of time for questions and for writing, with an opportunity for participants to read briefly from their work, should they choose.

Present for the discussion will be artists from Turning Point Ensemble, with whom Renee is collaborating on an adaptation of her book for music and voice. Learn about  how artistic collaborations can forge new ways of approaching events in our lives that can haunt us as we seek to confront, question, and heal. FREE, but reservations are required.”

Date & Time: Sept 12th, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Studio 411 at the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., New West
Registration: Call 604-515-3837 or email jeremy(at)turningpointensemble.ca

Click for More Details

Air India 182: The 30th Anniversary

Ahakista_Memorial_of_the_Air_India_Crash
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:

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.