UBC Okanagan’s cabin in the woods is the setting for a summer of readings, writing, and creative moments as the Woodhaven Eco Culture gets set for a busy summer of activities. The Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre is a former residence — converted into a three-suite apartment house for lodging visiting artists and graduate students — in a park-like site adjacent to the Woodhaven Nature Conservancy Regional Park in the southern Mission neighbourhood of Kelowna.
The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus hosts a series of summer events as part of the Woodshed Reading Series, sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts. Activities include a full line up of readings, talks, music, workshops, and visits from notable authors throughout the summer.
“There are few things more delightful than a summer evening of poetry and storytelling in the lovely woods of Woodhaven with a cluster of amazing Canadian authors,” says Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Associate Professor Nancy Holmes. “This year, we are offering cold refreshments and snacks so people can linger, talk to the authors, and watch the stars come out. It’s a special event, always.”
The Woodshed Readings are free and open to the public and start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Friday, June 19: The Woodshed Reading Series hosts poet Jeff Latosik, author of Tiny, Frantic, Stronger. Latosik’s award-winning poems have appeared in magazines and journals across the country. He won the P.K. Page Founders Award from The Malahat Review in 2007, placed first in THIS Magazine’s Great Literary Hunt in 2008, and was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for 2008. He teaches at Humber College in Toronto. Live music is presented by Natalie Ingram.
Saturday, June 20: Local eco artist Lori Mairs hosts a workshop called One Square Foot, at Woodhaven. One Square Foot aims to help us “cultivate and enrich the senses, to focus closely on what is in plain sight and ‘see’ the invisible world in the forest.” There is a $40 entrance fee for this all-day event. For more information contact Lori Mairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.