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Ridley takes top: 4th Annual Battle of the Bards

News announced:

TORONTO, March 29, 2012 — After much deliberation Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) names Sandra Ridley, author of Post-Apothecary, as the winner of the 4th annual Battle of the Bards. For the fourth year in a row, AUTHORS, in partnership with NOW Magazine, welcomed 20 upcoming and established poets to the stage Wednesday evening (March 28). A jury comprising the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award winner for poetry Phil Hall, Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor and Artistic Associate Jen Tindall selected Ridley following her engaging performance. As the winner, Ridley receives an invitation to read at the 33rd annual International Festival of Authors (October 18 to 28, 2012) and an ad for her book in NOW Magazine.

Battle of the Bards happened March 28th. Each poet read for 5 minutes for a crowd of a couple hundred people.

2012 Participants:
Jonathan Bennett, Linda Besner, Mark Callanan, Ayesha Chatterjee, John Donlan, Catherine Graham, Elizabeth Greene, Alyxandra Harvey, Laurence Hutchman, Maureen Hynes, Steve Luxton, John B. Lee, Anthony M. Pignataro, Sandra Ridley, Jenny Sampirisi, Jennifer Still, Fraser Sutherland, Eva Tihanyi, Daniel Scott Tysdal, and Calvin Wharton.

You can take a workshop with her at the Ottawa Public Library on April 28th if you register and send your poems at least a week before.

The Poetry Garage

A two-hour session on fine-tuning the mechanics and dynamics of your poems. Your work will be read and discussed in a supportive small-group environment, facilitated by Sandra Ridley (winner of the 2009 Alfred G. Bailey Prize and 2010 Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing, a finalist for the 2011 Ottawa Book Award, and sessional instructor of poetry at Carleton University). Participants will be encouraged to provide constructive feedback. Once registered, submit up to five pages of poems, in advance, to be workshopped. Material can be emailed to sandraridley -at- bell.net or can be dropped off c/o Paul Tyler at the Carlingwood Branch by April 21st.

Also watch The Book Room with John Degan (at his blog or on itunes) for an interview with her soon. P.S. It’s now up here.

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