Open Word: Readings and Ideas: Louise Bernice Halfe

Tania Craan
Open Word: Readings and Ideas: Louise Bernice Halfe
Friday, September 23, 2016, 7:30 pm to Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 7:30 pm

Giving a haunting picture of Canada’s residential school legacy, poet Louise Bernice Halfe will read from her collection, Burning in this Midnight Dream, at Open Space, the University of Victoria, and the Victoria Festival of Authors. Released in spring of 2016, Burning in this Midnight Dream was written as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission unfolded. Halfe’s sometimes fierce, sometimes tender voice opens a window through which we can see ways colonial violence moves through families, communities, and lives.
Open Space welcomes Halfe as a part of its Open Word: Readings and Ideas literary series, in partnership with the University of Victoria Department of Writing. This visit is also sponsored by the Victoria Festival of Authors. Halfe will read at the Victoria Festival of Authors on Friday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Victoria City Hall (1 Centennial Square). She will then present a master class on Saturday, September 24 from 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone Avenue). On Monday, September 26, she will read from Burning in this Midnight Dream at the University of Victoria Fine Arts Building in Room 203 at 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. At Open Space on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m., Halfe will participate in an interview with Janet Rodgers and present a reading.

“Louise Bernice Halfe’s new poetry collection reminds me of a famous quote from Emily Dickinson. She wrote a letter to a friend: ‘if I read a book, and it makes my body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that it is poetry.’ Louise Bernice Halfe’s new book is titled, Burning in this Midnight Dream, and I know it’s poetry. It packs a punch. It packs a wallop.” 
- Shelagh Rogers, CBC Radio Host of The Next Chapter


READING 1 (A part of the Victoria Festival of Authors):
Venue: Ambrosia Event Centre (638 Fisgard Street)
Date: Friday, September 23
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $15
MASTERCLASS (A part of the Victoria Festival of Authors):
Venue: Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone Avenue- Studio B)
Date: Saturday, September 24
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Admission: $60
Venue: University of Victoria, Fine Arts Building, Room 203
Date: Monday, September 26
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Admission: By donation
Venue: Open Space
Date: Tuesday, September 27
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: By donation
For the two Victoria Festival of Authors events, students will receive a 20% discount when they use the promotional code: Student.