Monday, August 6, 2007

The Wolves at Evelyn wins George Ryga Award

Ken Smedley, Director of the George Ryga Centre, and Harold, in the Greenroom of the Powerhouse Theatre.

On the evening of July 27, in Vernon’s Powerhouse Theatre, on the anniversary of George Ryga’s 75th Birthday, I received the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness In B.C. Writing and Publishing for my memoir The Wolves At Evelyn – Journey Through A Dark Century. The final Judge for this year’s Award determination was Professor Sharon Josephson of Okanagan College.

The George Ryga Award is sponsored by Okanagan College, BC Bookworld, CBC Radio Kelowna and The George Ryga Centre.

The physical Award – entitled The Censor’s Golden Rope is recreated annually by it’s creator, North Okanagan sculptor (and beekeeper — always a good thing!) Reg Kienast.

Reg Kienast and Harold, with "George".

Ryga, internationally renowned author of THE ECSTASY OF RITA JOE, passed away in 1987, of stomach cancer. He was 55. His former home, where he created his vast body of work, is a national heritage/cultural landmark (The George Ryga Centre) that continues to independently function in commemoration of his legacy to Canadian culture and society.

July 27, 2007

Malahat Review Long Poem Prize 2007

My poem "The Bone Yard" has won the 2007 Malahat Review Long Poem Prize. It’s the tale of my dog Winston, as Winston Churchill, and sets a world of love against chilling contemporary echoes of the Second World War. Winston also has a starring role in Winging Home: A Palette of Birds, so he’s becoming quite the literary dog!

Given that my "Abandon" won the previous prize, in 2005, I'm well, thrilled!

July 15, 2007