Laurel Smyth Featured Reader at Poet Laureate's Open Mic Sept. 8

The monthly Open Mics at the Haviland Club hosted by Dianne Hicks Morrow, PEI poet laureate, will resume on Monday, September 8, from 7-9 pm. Please note this change from last season’s Tuesday nights. Dianne invites readers and listeners to bring their writing to share with a very friendly audience.

The September 8 featured reader will be Laurel Smyth, a writer of many genres.

Known mostly on the Island as an actor and director, Laurel Smyth had an early career in children’s theatre, which helped to develop her skills as a writer of plays, poetry, television scripts and short fiction. Her work has been published in several anthologies and magazines, performed on stage and CBC Radio, and produced by children’s television networks.

Laurel has been the grateful recipient of grants from the PEI Council of the Arts in support of her work in writing and theatre. She has also been honoured with prizes from the Island Literary Awards, the Theatre PEI Playwriting Competition and the PEI Theatre Festival. During her time of study at UPEI, she received the Reshard Gool Award for Creative Writing.

Laurel has served our community over the years by producing scripts to promote understanding and social action on issues such as multiculturalism and racism, family violence, bullying and disability. For this purpose, she developed a method of interviewing persons affected by these conditions in order to put their own words in the mouths of actors, thus lending verity to each piece. The resultant short plays have toured Island schools and been presented at conferences as an educational and entertaining method of raising awareness.

Now, having reached the age of retirement, Laurel can concentrate on completing her collection of short stories, as well as two stage plays she is developing based on the lives of now-dead Canadian visual artists.

Everyone is welcome. Readers can sign up at 7 p.m. to read their own poetry or prose, anywhere from three to five minutes.

Admission is free or by donation. Please contact Dianne at with any questions.

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