Be the light

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Lesley-Anne Evans will soon be leaving gifts of words and light around Kelowna, B.C.. In her ongoing practice of randomly installing illumination into long winter’s nights, Lesley-Anne creates handmade luminaires, and places them alongside tea lights and poems meant to be taken home and enjoyed at leisure. In 2013, installations were placed at Orchard Park Mall, H2O, in parks and neighbourhoods, in addition to a month long installation in the Mission Branch of the ORL.

You can follow these installations at Pop-Up-Poetry and like Pop-Up-Poetry on Facebook, HERE.

Write Out Loud ~ from Page to Podium

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Local writers will share the podium next Thursday at the Okanagan Institute Express. Lesley-Anne Evans will talk about the elusive nature of living a writers life and will read some recent works.

» Thursday 9 October 2014, 5 pm
» Bohemian Café, 524 Bernard Ave, Kelowna
» $2 at the door. Refreshments are available.
» Space is limited. Reserve your seat HERE

At this signature event we will hear from poet Lesley-Anne Evans; novelist Linda Grant; medical memorialist Sterling Haynes; teacher and author Alix Hawley; and teacher, writer, comedian, filmmaker, artist and occasional clown Michael Smith. SEE SPEAKER DETAILS HERE.

When Alice Munro won the 2004 Giller Prize, her victory speech recalled rejections from the beginning of her career: there she was on TV 73 years old, utterly triumphant as a writer. kvetching about 40-year-old-slights. “I never read Canadian authors,” she recalled being told. “I never read fiction – I can’t get what it’s about.” These petty little tortures are true for every writer of every time and every place.

Writers of all genres, be it fiction, crime, comedy, life experience, poetry or history often toil in silence, craving the opportunity to share their work.

Recognizing the need to provide such opportunity, the Okanagan Institute invited five local literary personalities to provide a varied range of voices and creative works.

One date, two events…

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DAYTIME 

Lesley-Anne Evans will be presenting her poetry with a collective of creatives including dancers, drummers, visual artists, musicians, and those promoting a healthy creative life at the Creative Aging Awareness Day, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna.

You will find Lesley-Anne and wordsmiths presenting at times TBA in the Paint/Draw Room at RCA. Installation(s) of Pop-Up-Poetry will be located along the Rotary Centre linear walkway and park.

The event is free of charge.

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SOPA Fine Arts will feature poet Lesley-Anne Evans among four featured poets at a gallery event on June 20th. Featured readers, an open mic, and ‘cover poems’ will be part of this fun and wordy evening called Speak EASY.

Invited guests will be asked to BYOB and seating cushion along with their entry password for this prohibition style gathering of shared words in a beautiful space.

SOPA Gallery is located at 2934 Pandosy St, Kelowna, BC.

Tickets are by invitation only.

 

 

Flash Poetry ~ word collaborations

images-5Always hunting down new ways to grab people’s interest and collaborate creatively, Lesley-Anne Evans began experimenting with Flash Poetry on Facebook in January, 2014. Flash Poetry is Lesley-Anne’s name for a new way of spontaneous creative activity, like yarn bombing, or flash mobs! But with words.

With an open call out to her Facebook friends, Lesley-Anne invited them to post word bits for a set time period. Lesley-Anne harvested said words, allowed a theme to emerge, and dissected, molded, and wrote more words and phrases into a new poetic context within a fast turnaround time. The completed poems were posted back on Facebook with appropriate credit given.

Flash Poems now number at seven, with the eighth call in progress until midnight tonight. Drop by and like the Flash Poem Facebook Page HERE. Follow the flash. Read the poems. Participate in the Flash Poem #8 Event HERE. But only until midnight today! Flash! Bam! Pow!

“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.

Living Creatively.

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Lesley-Anne Evans, Kelowna poet, street artist, blogger, passionate creative, wife and mother, knows the delight of creative expression. She seeks ways to inspire joy and community through written and spoken word. In her delicious pairings of poetry and visual images, Lesley-Anne will share her story of creative engagement. Lesley-Anne will encourage listeners to know themselves, discover deeper meaning, and begin to live as one made for passion and fullness.

Purple Vine Club: Business Creativity

Monday, January 27

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

heART School – #5 – 375 Bernard Ave

Tickets – $27.00  Members  &  $37.00 Non-Members

Don’t miss out. Register @ the Purple Vine Club website today.