“Setting the streets on fire”

Pop up poem 1“Knowing Lesley-Anne is out there, setting the streets on fire with her well-crafted words, just makes me… happy…”

On her The Good (New) Life blog, Deborah Lampitt-McConnachie describes her personal experience with finding Pop-Up-Poetry on her way home from work:

Scene: finishing work and heading to the parking lot past the Bean Scene Coffee Shop on Dickson Ave. Out of the corner of my eye I catch sight of a piece of paper fluttering in the breeze.  Closer examination shows said piece of paper clipped onto the waving decorative grasses planted alongside the sidewalk. Even closer examination reveals… a poem. A good poem.

You can read the full article HERE on The Good (New) Life, wherein Deborah enquires, “Can someone in Kelowna, BC find the ultra-urban life they’ve been accustomed to, 7415 kilometers from London, UK?” It appears Deborah Lampitt-McConnachie thinks they can! Deborah is living proof!

Deborah describes her enviable life story this way,

Deborah was a fashion and lifestyle journalist in London, UK, for over 15 years.

Her career highlight is a toss up between interviewing Cate Blanchett backstage after the Nicole Farhi show in London, or Karl Lagerfeld at the Chanel haute couture presentation in Paris. Meeting Debbie Harry was pretty cool too.

Deborah recently relocated to Kelowna, BC, with her husband, whoodle and cat, where she is a fashion and advertising consultant for Icon magazine. She LOVES the Okanagan, and thinks you should too.

It appears that Pop-Up-Poetry is contributing to ultra-urban life experiences of some very hip and talented people here in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (more about PUP HERE)

Welcome, Deborah Lampitt-McConnachie, welcome.

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Found, a poem

I’m excited to share a new poem, the outcome of a creative audience interaction at Pulp Fiction Coffee House on Saturday night. It’s uncanny how the words of strangers pull together into the feel and intent of this poem.

The event, one of 60 Artists in 60 Spaces celebrating ARTSCO’s 60th anniversary, was well attended and lively. Poetry readings, conversation, and a beautiful atmosphere created by musician Dörte Meyer, made for a memorable evening.

Here then is the poem, aptly titled Anfänger schrumplig, Du bist schön ~ wrinkly beginner, you are beautiful.

Thanks again to ARTSCO and Westbank First Nation for the creative support and opportunity, ARTSCO President Cheryl Miller for a kind introduction, Pulp Fiction for hosting in their unique literary space, Dörte Meyer for calming presence, and everyone who came out and participated.

Interactive poem, coming soon.

Last night, a group of friendly folk gathered at the Pulp Fiction Coffee House in Kelowna, for an ARTSCO 60 Artists in 60 Spaces event, featuring poet Lesley-Anne Evans and the calming atmospheric instrumental and vocals of musician Dorte Meyer.

As the evening progressed, conversations and poems and songs were shared, and the audience were asked to bravely contribute their own words to a found poem interactive exercise. Enthusiasm was strong, and Lesley-Anne gathered up an outpouring of words from the willing audience. She then moved to a quiet space and melded the found words into a new poem which she shared as the final presentation piece of the evening.

The poem will be published here this week. Stay tuned.

Thank you to Max Sloan of Pulp Fiction for your hospitality, to ARTSCO for the honour of participating in your anniversary event, and to the welcoming and enthusiastic audience.

Poetry is taking life by the throat (Robert Frost). And so we did.

Save the date… September 28, 2013!

Inspired word reading_2An evening of engaging poetry readings and interactive poetry, with poet Lesley-Anne Evans, and musical guest, Dörte Meyer.

Lesley-Anne will be showcased by The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan as one of 60 Artists in 60 Spaces, celebrating 60 years of ARTSCO’s enrichment and support of the Okanagan arts community. Free events are by donation, and are scheduled across the Central Okanagan, including, Lake Country, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Westbank, and Peachland. A full list of artists and venues is available HERE.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

7 – 9:00 pm

Hosted by: Pulp Fiction Coffee House*

Arrive early to ensure a good seat!

Refreshments, including really great coffee, will be available for purchase.