Poet social Sept. 24-25

Aspiring poets and writers from throughout the Fraser Valley will be gathering later this month to share ideas on book-making, writing  and self-publishing.

The Art Matters Society and the Abbotsford Arts Council are co-producing a free event called A Human Made Affair, a workshop and poet’s social, on Sept. 24 and 25 at the Kariton Art Gallery.

A Human Made Affair features workshops on “human-made” items that relate to books, such as steampunk books, altered books, and bookmarks.

Here is the planned itinerary for the two days.

Saturday, Sept. 24:

10 a.m.: The art gallery opens for displays.

1 p.m.: Workshop on making bookmarks.

2 p.m.: Altered books, with hand-outs and free demonstration.

3 p.m.: Steampunk art and books with Debra Blades.

4 p.m.: Self-publishing handouts from Penny-a-Line Promotions. Also, discussion with self-published authors Theresa Chevalier and Gwynne Hunt.

6:30 p.m.: Poetry and fiction readings from Gwynne Hunt, Shelley Haggard (a self-published author from Mission), Bob Martens, Dave Hunt, Theresa Chevalier, Judith Reeves, Jay Lowe, Kathi Wehag, Gemma Tamas and several others. There will be tea and coffee and a chance to talk to the writers at the end of the reading.


Sunday, Sept. 25.

Noon: Altered books

1 p.m.: Steampunk books

2 p.m.:    Making bookmarks

3 p.m.: Self-publishing

Organizer Gwynne Hunt said the purpose of the event is to encourage writers who might be afraid to self-publish.

The Kariton Art Gallery is located in Mill Lake Park, 2387 Ware St. in Abbotsford.

For more information contact Gwynne Hunt at gwynne1@telus.net.