Play about wartime nurses returns to Museum of Surrey

Ishbel Newstead (left) and Renee Sarojini Saklikar will perform the poem-play “Canadian Nurses In Wartime” after the Remembrance Day ceremony concludes in Veterans’ Square in Cloverdale. (Photo: Surrey Now Leader)

“A play about war-era nurses is returning to the Museum of Surrey.

Canadian Nurses in Wartime will run at approximately 11:45 a.m. in the museum’s theatre—right after Remembrance Day services end at the Cloverdale Cenotaph Nov. 11.

Written by Renee Sarojini Saklikar and researched by Ishbel Newstead, the poem-play will feature both women playing different roles.

‘A poem-play is a seated reading that incorporates historical research into the narrative,’ said Saklikar. ‘We take documentary work and we merge it with imagination.’ She added she uses poetic license for dialogue, but not history.”

Read The Whole Article Here

Nov 16: Museum of Surrey Guided Writing Reflections

Join me in experiencing a wonderfully rich exhibit and then creating a word-quilt:

Gather, write, share and create with multiple artforms inspired by the feature exhibit.

Join Surrey’s former poet laureate, Renee Sarojini Saklikar, as she leads a guided writing reflection on the latest exhibit, Being: Punjabi – Unfolding the Surrey Story. After an inspired session of writing, attendees will choose a quote to write on a square of sari fabric. The squares will later be sewn into a quilt which will be displayed at the museum. 

The event is on Saturday Nov. 16, 2-3:30pm at the Museum of Surrey. Free but please register HERE:

Guided Writing Reflections Museum of Surrey

Click Here for More Details

Sept 29: Museum of Surrey Grand Reopening

Grand Opening Museum of Surrey

Here’s an excerpt from an great Interview the Surrey Now-Leader did with Museum of Surrey Manager Lynn Saffery on the grand reopening (I’ll be attending!):

Q: What do you anticipate the museum will add to Surrey, and the historic Cloverdale town centre?

A: The Museum of Surrey tells the stories of people beginning with the Coast Salish nations who have lived here from time immemorial, to the contemporary international people who immigrated to Canada and chose to make Surrey their home. Surrey is proudly diverse, inclusive and unique.

I’m excited for Cloverdale and it’s amazing residents. The museum, Fraser Valley Heritage Railway, Surrey Archives, Cloverdale Library, and much more, strengthen this vibrant walkable town centre.

All these unique initiatives are supported by experts and volunteers passionate about their work. Cloverdale is now a heritage and cultural destination for tourists and residents. It has unlimited potential.

Click Here for the Full Q&A