WORDS On a WIRE is a new, fast-moving and innovative event, celebrating poetry, music, video and performance art by Critical Mass and visiting Toronto slam poet Dane Swan.

Other distinguished visiting writers, K .D. Miller and Allan Briesmaster will read, as well as Cobourg’s Poet Laureate Jessica Outram.

Blog Photo - FOTA Jessica Outram2
Poet Laureate Jessica Outram

All this begins Saturday October 26th at 2.00 pm in the beautiful Chapel at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, in downtown Cobourg.

Blog photo - FOTA Allan Briesmaster
Poet Allan Briesmaster

The programme kicks off with Marie-Lynn Hammond’s performance of her original song about Leonard Cohen.

Next, Susanna Moodie, after an absence of over 180 years, will make a brief appearance with her own pungent views of travelling down the St Lawrence to Cobourg, taken from her Canadian classic, Roughing it in the Bush.

Blog Photo - FOTA Town Crier Mandy Robinson

Poems will be read by many of Spirit of the Hills poets including Cobourg Poet Laureate Jessica Outram, Cobourg Poet Laureate Emeritus Ted Amsden, Kim Aubrey, Anne-Marie Burrus, Antony Di Nardo, Tai Grove, Marg Kropf, Linda Hutsell Manning, Felicity Sidnell Reid, Gwynn Scheltema, Rene Schmidt, Michael Topa, and Donna Wootton.

Blog Photo - FOTA Felicity Sidnell-Reid
Poet Felicity Sidnell Reid
Poet Kim Aubrey
Blog Photo - FOTA Ted Amsden
Poet laureate emeritus Ted Amsden

Dane Swan is well known for his dynamic performances. He is an accomplished slam poet and touring spoken-word performer, placing second at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, third at the Rust Belt Regional Slam and touring the US Midwest and West Coast regions.

Blog Photo - FOTA Dan Swan credit Brockton Writers Series
Poet Dane Swan

Dane has graced numerous festival stages, including: IFOA, Hillside, Lab Cab, Parkdale Arts, Junction Arts, and Pitter Patter festivals.

Blog Photo - FOTA SOTH Poets Practice Unsafe Text

Wally Keeler presents three videos, ‘Textual Assault Placards’, ‘Sunrise Sensuality’ and one introducing Critical Mass, Port Hope’s performance art cooperative. Some of the group will then give a sample of their work

The programme will draw to a close with six poets performing a choral chant while Ted Amsden reads a Spirit of the Hills poem written for the occasion by Wally Keeler. The afternoon concludes with Marie–Lynn Hammond’s popular tribute to Northumberland County.

Tickets for this exciting event are $10 and can be purchased online here, or at spiritofthehills.org or spiritofthehills.wordpress.com

Tickets are also available at Let’s Talk Books, 25 King Street E, Cobourg. (289) 252-2214




3 Comments Add yours

  1. 1899mom says:

    what is the moment that allows you to put pen to paper above all else in your day

    Liked by 1 person

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