Linda Diver – Book signing on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018

Book signing at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2018!

The Irish AffairLinda Diver will be at Laughing Oyster Books in downtown Courtenay to sign copies of her book, The Irish Affair. This story is set in Ireland at a time when the terrifying and seemingly inevitable war between Britain, France and Germany was looming like ominous storm clouds on the horizon, where MI5, Irish Neutrality and the IRA ensnare a divergent cast of characters.

Upcoming Poetry Event Sept. 6-9, 2018

The Deep in Cascadia Poetry Retreat is coming up soon! It is being held in Cumberland at the Masonic Hall from Thursday, September 6th to Sunday, September 9th.

Cascadia Poetics Lab 2018

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There will be two evening readings by participants on Friday and Saturday which be take the form of poetry bashes…meaning more readers on stage for a shorter time. Libations will be available so it should be fun.

A wonderful group of poets will be reading. some of them quite well-known. There will also be a presentation on Saturday afternoon by a climate scientist, Dominick DellaSala. He is the current President of the Geos Institute.

Admission is by donation.


The Cascadia Poetics Lab is also looking for any volunteers who would be willing to help out at this event. For more information about the retreat or to volunteer, contact them through their website:


Upcoming Event – May 25, 2018

Prose and Poetry Open Mic – hosted by the Comox Valley Writers Society

Date: Friday, May 25, 2018
Time: 12 – 2 p.m.
Place: Event Room at Courtenay Regional Library – 300  6th Street
Cost: Free

Come to listen or read. Everyone is welcome.

We will be taking a summer break in July and August. Please join us when our sessions start up again on Friday, September 28, 2018.

Upcoming event – May 6, 2018

Open House and Garden Gala – McLoughlin Gardens Society

Date: Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Place: Brian & Sarah McLoughlin Regional Park
814 Tasman Rd (off Williams Beach Rd)
Merville, BC

Highlights of the afternoon:

  • 2 p.m. – Six writers will read from their work: Bernice Friesen, Cornelia Hooglan, Harold Macy, Judy LeBlanc, Marlet Ashley, and Natalie Nickerson
  • Music performed by Patrick Desjardins (shakuhachi), Margo McLoughlin (hang drum), & Kel Kelly (guitar & vocals)

Refreshments provided by the Comox Valley Writers Society

Everyone welcome.


North Island Writers Conference program poster for Jan 27, 2018

The program poster for the North Island Writers Conference later this month has been released. Please distribute and please register early!
Special note: Three workshops in Session 3 are marked with an asterisk (*). These three are scheduled three hours long and will run from 1:30 – 4:30 pm.


Poster as PDF (2.2MB)

The Poster for the Friday evening session with Bev Sellars is here.