For the past 26 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming and our next festival promises to offer the best so far. See the line-up of incredible Canadian literary talent at The Word On The Street Saskatoon Sunday, September 24, 2017.
Decoys by Bill Robertson celebrates the joys of a simple life and all manner of wild things. Robertson breathes vitality and wonder into a love of chickadees, canoeing, and teaching grandchildren to fish. His poems explore how his roles as father and grandfather allow him to share his love of the natural world.
The Fabric of Day: New and Selected Poems is the latest collection by Anne Campbell. Kristjana Gunnars has wondrously written of Anne’s work, “Like the poems of Emily Dickinson…Campbell writes in an epistolary style the belies the depth of thinking that is engaged. The poems vibrate between human breath and earthly spirit. Nothing is insignificant.”
William Robertson writes with a quiet, unpretentious gait. He leads us through the beauty he finds within the simplicity of an honest life. His poems explore how his roles as father and grandfather allow him to share his love of the natural world, and his passions ignite especially when he writes about his love of birds. He asks if it would be possible for us all to be lovers of birds with the ardour of St. Frances of Assisi. “In the creek, birds I’ll probably never name explain their desire.” He writes as if quiet devotion just might release their thoughts.
William Robertson is a poet, university English instructor, freelance writer, reviewer, and broadcaster. He has published four previous collections of poems and the biography, k.d. lang: Carrying the Torch (1993). He was on the editorial board of the NeWest Review for ten years. He has also reviewed plays, books, and musical events for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, to which he has contributed since 1979, and he reviewed plays and concerts for CBC Saskatchewan for fifteen years. He was also a regular panelist on the national CBC’s Talking Books program for all of its eleven-year tenure.
Throughout the years, Anne Campbell’s work has remained consistently engaging, her tone steady and trustworthy and her control of imagery precise. There are subtle changes in her presentation of the natural world and slight shifts in the metaphysical approach to space, time, and possibility. But in this retrospective there is no doubt that her strength lies in her ability to capture the transcendence that occurs when nature informs the mind and the commonplace rises to philosophical insight.
Anne Campbell is an award-winning author of five collections of poetry and of popular non-fiction. Readings of her work, workshops, and musical compositions with Tom Schudel have taken her across Canada, the USA, and Britain. Her many awards include the City of Regina Writing Award, the Mayor’s Arts Award, and the Mayor’s Heritage Award. In her work at the Regina Public Library, Campbell administered Canada’s first public Writer-in-Residence program. As a long-time Saskatchewan arts and heritage activist, she served on the boards of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Writers Development Trust, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, and, presently, the Heritage Committee of the Wascana Centre Authority.
Poetry: (Regina, SK), Fabric of Day