Events Schedule

Home and Away: Writing Our Lands

University of Alberta Botanic Garden 51227 AB-60, Spruce Grove

In this workshop, participants will explore how the lands we carry with us can be both places of belonging and epicentres of disconnection. Drawing from Robert Macfarlane’s lyrical book of essays, Landmarks, participants look at creating their own word-hoards for the places they live and the landscapes we carry within them in the form of personal or familial memories. Writers of all genres and all levels are most welcome. Please come prepared with notebook and pen/pencil, and some sturdy shoes for walking in the Garden. This is a workshop event. Admission to this event is not included in a festival pass. U of A Botanic Garden

Poetic Offerings at the Japanese Garden

University of Alberta Botanic Garden 51227 AB-60, Spruce Grove

Join Jan Zwicky for a three-hour workshop focussing on the musical aspects of poetic language. The workshop aims to heighten awareness of rhythm and sound through close readings of sample poems by established authors and through exercises that participants can take home. It will occur in the Ozawa Pavilion, an authentic Japanese Tea House. Jan Zwicky has published eleven collections of poetry, most recently The Long Walk. Her books of philosophy include Wisdom & Metaphor, Lyric Philosophy, and Alkibiades’ Love. Her collection, Songs for Relinquishing the Earth, won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Register online at the ticket link below or call 780-987-3054 × 2227. Directions will follow registration. This event is sold out!  

Prayer and Poetry – A Workshop with Richard Harrison

University of Alberta Botanic Garden 51227 AB-60, Spruce Grove

Gathered in the Devonian Gardens, participants in this workshop will explore poetry and prayer where poetry is a kind of answer, however uncertain. And prayer is a kind of request. These two seem opposite, yet in the garden they may be joined in that neither can be true unless we are open to how vulnerable we are to beauty. Pre-purchased tickets are required. Buy tickets at the link below or call 780-987-3054 × 2227. Directions will follow registration.