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Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver presents:

Peter Midgley and Gudrun Dreher

"Speaking In-between: Place & Parlance"

15 November 2010

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Fairleigh Dickinson University

842 Cambie Street

(Room 130)

Both poets will read from bilingual works that negotiate the boundaries between cultures, nations, and languages while attending to the spirit of place. Moving between locations in the Canadian prairies, Haida Gwaii, and South Africa, the poetry shifts between English, Xaat Kíl, Afrikaans, and isiXhosa.

The reading is open to the public. Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

About the readers:

Peter Midgley's poetry has appeared in Canadian and South African journals, and his bilingual volume of poems, perhaps i should / miskien moet ek was published by Kalamalka Press in 2010. His award-winning children's books have been translated into 28 languages. He is also the author of two plays, Archetypes and Namlish, which was voted Namibian Viewers' Choice for 1990. In September 2010, he was the Mackie Lake House writer-in-residence at Okanagan College. Peter is currently working on a translation of the Afrikaans children's classic, Huppelkind, and a book-length creative non-fiction project, A Truce Stranger than Fiction.

Gudrun Dreher completed her PhD in English at the University of British Columbia in 2003 with a dissertation on Skaay of the Qquuna Qiighawaay, one of the classical mythtellers from Haida Gwaii. During her first research trip to Haida Gwaii, Gudrun fell in love with the place where Skaay’s stories were born and lived there for almost 7 years. She is an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Sessional Lecturer in English at the University of British Columbia.

Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Edited by Makulumama

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