3rd Open Mic at Haviland Club, 10 December 2013

Host Dianne Hicks Morrow, PEI poet laureate, invites readers and listeners to the 3rd Open Mic event at the Haviland Club, 7 – 9 p.m. Tuesday, December 10. Readers can sign up at 7 p.m. to read anywhere from three to seven minutes.

The featured reader that night will be Orysia Dawydiak. She writes about family, immigrants, nature, rural life, and about confused people with identity crises—like whether or not they are human. She has won two L.M. Montgomery Island Literary Awards for children’s literature, and the Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Award for best canine reference book published in 1990 with her husband, David Sims. Orysia and David live on a small PEI farm surrounded by a flock of colourful, lively sheep and huge white dogs.

Over the years Orysia has published several short stories, both fiction and non fiction, but one of her favourites is a 400 word anecdote called Pig Tales in The Great Canadian Anecdote Contest which includes celebrity authors like Margaret Atwood and Timothy Findley. In 2009 Acorn Press published her first novel, House of Bears. Her second novel, Kira’s Secret, set in Atlantic Canada, was just released in November 2013, the first of a planned trilogy for young readers.

Well-known singer-songwriter Margie Carmichael will share a few of her tunes.

Admission is free or by donation. Please contact Dianne at peipoetlaureate@gmail.com with any questions.

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