Fat Oyster Reading Series

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Join us for two exciting events March 23 and 24!

March 23 – we are hosting another Fat Oyster Reading Series.

Our opening reader will be Pat Herzog. He was was raised in Green Bay, WI, and earned a B.Sc. from the University of WI-Stevens Point and a M.Sc. from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. His career of forty-five years in wildlife conservation has included research and teaching with Ducks Unlimited (Canada), the School of Environmental Studies at Lethbridge College, The National University of Costa Rica, and the Department of the Environment, Water Resource Division, with the Government of Alberta. He is the father of three daughters and lives in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia. This is his first book.




Yvonne Blomer is an award winning writer and the Poet Laureate of Victoria, British Columbia. Born in Zimbabwe, she has lived in Japan and England and has cycled in Southeast Asia, Japan, Mexico, Canada, France and the UK. Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur (Palimpsest Press, 2017) is her most recent book about her three month journey by bicycle. She has also published three poetry collections, most recently As if a Raven (Palimpsest Press, 2014). In the fall of 2017 Refugium: Poems for the Pacific, edited by Yvonne will be released with Caitlin Press. Deeply concerned for the environment, Yvonne tries to consider her impact on the planet in every action and decision.



Ron Smith is the author and editor of several books, including the first anthology of Vancouver Island fiction, Rainshadow: Stories from Vancouver Island(1982 In 1974 he founded the publishing company Oolichan Books in Lantzville, which he owned and ran until 2009, , The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke, which was recentlylong-listed for the George Ryga Prize and won the 2017 IPPY Gold Medal in the States for autobiography/memoir.




March 24 – Fat Oyster Annual Writers Workhops.

Saturday, March 24th 9-5 pm


Yvonne Blomer is Victoria, BC’s Poet Laureate. In 2017 she released a travel memoir: Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur and her most recent book of poems is As if a Raven both with Palimpsest Press. In the fall of 2017 Refugium: Poems for the Pacific. Yvonne will be running a workshop from 9-11 am entitled “Poetry and Ecology Finding New Metaphors for a Changing World”. She writes,“In the pre-Romantic era, mountains were not considered beautiful, rather they were seen as wasted space. The Romantic poets changed how we view the natural world. What are we, in the 21stCentury, seeing and not seeing? How can poetry lead us to look and see and report in language and metaphor our changing world?

Fanny Bay’s own, Judy LeBlanc founded Fat Oyster Reading Series and was it’s Artistic Director for five years. She teaches Creative Writing at North Island College, and recently released her first collection of fiction, The Promise of Water. Judy will run a workshop from 12:30 – 2:30 pm on short fiction entitled , “Exiting the Short Story: to Plot or not to Plot, Structure and Endings”.

Ron Smith has been writing, editing and publishing books for over 40 years. He is the founder of the publishing house, Oolichan Books, author and editor of several books, and has taught in universities all over the world. Ron’s latest book, The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke , is a memoir of his recovery and dedication to writing. Ron will run a workshop from 3 – 5 pm entitled “Our Need To Tell a Story. A workshop on Creative Non-Fiction and Memoir”. It addresses the questions “Why do we feel compelled to tell stories?”, “How do we discover these stories? It will focus on crafting, structuring and polishing, from notes, to a rough draft.

Each Session is 2 hours and costs $25. Participants can sign up for the entire day for $60.

To book your seat:  Fat.Oyster.Fanny.Bay@gmail.com

 Payment will be cash or cheque, payable on Friday or Saturday



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Other Sites of interest:

FatOysterReading on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fatoysterreading

Write Here http://www.nic.bc.ca/about_us/events/reading_series.aspx

WordStorm http://www.wordstorm.ca/

Denman Island Writers and Readers Festival  http://denmanislandwritersfestival.com/

Elevate the Arts  http://www.elevatethearts.com/

Words on the Water  http://www.wordsonthewater.ca/

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