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Vicki McLeod will be presenting her pictures of “wild swimming” at an online women’s Zoom event, YakFest, on April 5. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

‘Wild swimming’ offers a cure for the COVID-19 blues

Nanaimo author Vicki McLeod shares her wild swimming experience

 

Vicki McLeod and David Aston will be the featured readers at Electric Mermaid on March 19. (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)

Non-fiction writers take a turn at Electric Mermaid in Port Alberni

Live reading event from Char’s Landing is scheduled for Friday, March 19

 

Cowichan Valley writer Jennifer Manuel will headlining YakFest on March 1. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Cowichan Valley writer to headline next YakFest on March 1

YakFest is a B.C.-based monthly women’s event held online via Zoom

 

Sylvia McNicoll is the author of more than 25 novels for young people. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Sylvia McNicoll is the author of more than 25 novels for young people. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Jacqueline Carmichael started YakFest in December 2020 in an effort to provide an outlet for women to connect and have fun. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Online event features Vancouver Island writers, panelists and ‘laughter yoga’

YakFest bills itself as “part book club, part girls’ night out, all awesome.”

Jacqueline Carmichael started YakFest in December 2020 in an effort to provide an outlet for women to connect and have fun. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Tragic Fools will be released on Jan. 7. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni author pens comic romp through the afterlife

Port Alberni author Kim Cormack releasing her newest sci-fi and fantasy novel on Jan. 7

Tragic Fools will be released on Jan. 7. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Bruce Hornidge and Janet Miller will be the featured readers at Electric Mermaid: Live Reads at Char’s Landing on Nov. 20. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

New literary event makes virtual debut in Port Alberni

Bruce Hornidge and Janet Miller will be featured readers at Electric Mermaid

Bruce Hornidge and Janet Miller will be the featured readers at Electric Mermaid: Live Reads at Char’s Landing on Nov. 20. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni author Diane Dobson has put together a collection of childhood memories, with proceeds going towards the Ty Watson House. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni writer looks through the eyes of a child

Book raises funds for the Alberni Valley Hospice Society

Port Alberni author Diane Dobson has put together a collection of childhood memories, with proceeds going towards the Ty Watson House. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Andrea Monticue and Herb Bruce will be the featured readers at Alberni Valley Words on Fire on Oct. 28. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Alberni Valley Words on Fire goes international

Spoken word event will take place on Fridays instead of Wednesdays starting next month

Andrea Monticue and Herb Bruce will be the featured readers at Alberni Valley Words on Fire on Oct. 28. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Poet Lozan Yamolky will take the stage at Alberni Valley Words on Fire on Oct. 14. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Two writers featured at virtual Alberni Valley Words on Fire

Next open mic and spoken word event takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 14

Poet Lozan Yamolky will take the stage at Alberni Valley Words on Fire on Oct. 14. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni writer Vicki Drybrough will be the next featured reader at Alberni Valley Words on Fire on Sept. 30. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni writer featured at Alberni Valley Words on Fire

Vicki Drybrough’s poetry and short stories have been published in anthologies and literary journals

Port Alberni writer Vicki Drybrough will be the next featured reader at Alberni Valley Words on Fire on Sept. 30. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Jule Briese of Qualicum Beach will be one of the featured readers at Alberni Valley Words on Fire open mic spoken word event on Wednesday Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Jule Briese of Qualicum Beach will be one of the featured readers at Alberni Valley Words on Fire open mic spoken word event on Wednesday Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Stephenie Meyer says more ‘Twilight’ books are planned

Stephenie Meyer says more ‘Twilight’ books are planned

Author’s long-awaited “Midnight Sun” sold more than 1 million copies in its first week

Stephenie Meyer says more ‘Twilight’ books are planned
Shelley Penner is a Port Alberni artist and writer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni artist pens dystopian novel

Haven Hold by Shelley Penner is set to debut on August 25

Shelley Penner is a Port Alberni artist and writer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Victoria poet Daniel Scott will be the featured reader at Alberni Valley Words on Fire on July 29. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Two Island poets take the mic at Alberni Valley Words on Fire

The spoken word open mic event happens live via Zoom teleconferencing on Wednesday, July 29

Victoria poet Daniel Scott will be the featured reader at Alberni Valley Words on Fire on July 29. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni’s Jacqueline Carmichael has been named the new board president of the Federation of BC Writers. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni’s Jacqueline Carmichael named board president for FBCW

Port Alberni writer has been on the Federation of BC Writers board for two years

Port Alberni’s Jacqueline Carmichael has been named the new board president of the Federation of BC Writers. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Christina Myers will be the featured reader at a virtual Alberni Valley Words on Fire on Wednesday, May 13. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Alberni Valley Words on Fire goes digital

Spoken word event will feature the editor of a provincial best-seller

Christina Myers will be the featured reader at a virtual Alberni Valley Words on Fire on Wednesday, May 13. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni author Jacqueline Carmichael has written a new children’s book called “Social Distancing and the Big Slowdown.” (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Veteran Vancouver Island journalist pens pandemic tale for children

An animal cast helps children make sense of coronavirus and why they must stay at home

Port Alberni author Jacqueline Carmichael has written a new children’s book called “Social Distancing and the Big Slowdown.” (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Author Laura Sturgeon, with an armload of books written by Alberni Valley-based authors—is launching a writers’ expo to promote the literary talent in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Alberni Valley author organizes writers’ expo

A dearth of venues to sell self-published books led author to create her own

Author Laura Sturgeon, with an armload of books written by Alberni Valley-based authors—is launching a writers’ expo to promote the literary talent in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Jennifer Schell moves from verbs to vines

Jennifer Schell moves from verbs to vines

Okanagan cookbook author now creates wine at Schell Wines

  • Apr 5, 2019
Jennifer Schell moves from verbs to vines