Category Archives: Reading / performance

Calling Creative Writers

Two chances to find an aCelebrating_Writing cropudience and win applause and prizes:

Submit something for the second annual Speakeasy — a reading of original student work work. Deadline March 8th.

The fifth annual Creative Writing Contest, sponsored by the Writing Initiatives Committee of the University, with prizes donated by the University Librarian. Deadline March 20th.


Tales of Mirth and Morality: Readings from Medieval Literature

Hailey Stapleton as the Wife of Bath

Hailey Stapleton as the Wife of Bath

The Studies in Medieval Literature class (ENGL 3376) recently held an evening of recitations from the Canterbury Tales and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. This “Tales of Mirth and Morality” assignment allows students to practice their oral presentation skills while showcasing their abilities to read Middle English expressively – and what better way to appreciate the sounds of medieval poetry than by hearing it spoken aloud.

Joseph Legere as the drunken MIller

Joseph Legere as the drunken Miller

Students selected and rehearsed up to a five-minute passage, some reciting alone and some in pairs. This year, tales of mirth definitely predominated, with the Wife of Bath, the Pardoner, the Miller, and the Merchant the focus of multiple readings, but Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the absurd lovers in the Knight’s Tale also got their share of attention.

Andrew Potter as the Pardoner and Grace Shaw as a "riotour"

Andrew Potter as the Pardoner and Grace Shaw as a “riotour”

The evening ended with the Pardoner’s attempt to sell us insurance for our journey along with the Host’s and Knight’s responses, spoken by Colton Sherman in the voices of William Shatner, Matthew McConaughey, and Sean Connery  – apparently for no other reason than general mirth and joy in storytelling, an apt conclusion to the event.

For those of you who know the Miller’s Tale, we leave you with highlights from the window scene:

Scenes from the Miller's Tale. Thomas Jared Whitman

Scenes from the Miller’s Tale. Thomas Jared Whitman

— Anna Smol

Terms of Engagement: Teaching & Learning in the English Department

Poets: the next generation

Two writers will read for you in the MacDonald Room, Tuesday, October 7. 7:30 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

Shannon Webb-Campbell, winner of Egale Canada’s Out in Print Award, is critic-in-residence for Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. Still No Word (Breakwater Books, 2015) will be her first book of poetry. She is earning her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia and lives in Halifax.

Jaime Forsythe is the author of Sympathy Loophole (Mansfield Press, 2012). She edited the Invisible Publishing anthology Transits: Stories from In-Between. Her work has appeared in publications such as Lemon Hound, This Magazine, Geist, The Puritan, and The New Quarterly. She lives in Halifax.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014
7:30 p.m.
MacDonald Room, Main Floor
Mount Saint Vincent University Library

Free. Open to the public. All welcome.

MacDonald Rm Readings Oct 7 2014 poster [pdf]

Campus map and directions

Award-winning playwright Catherine Banks to visit the Mount

Nova Scotian playwright Catherine Banks, winner of two Governor General’s awards, will be talking about her latest play, It Is Solved by Walking, at the Mount on September 30. This play is being produced by White Rooster Theatre and Home First Productions at Neptune Studio, October 2 – 5. Inspired by the poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by Wallace Stevens, the play is described as “full of passion, wit, grace, and sensuality.”

All are welcome to the Mount event:

Tuesday 30 September
12:00 – 1:15
Seton Academic Centre
Auditorium D (4th floor)

Catherine Banks It Is Solved by WalkingMount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Highway

Catherine Banks poster [pdf]

It Is Solved by Walking: Neptune Theatre tickets (Oct. 2-5)

This is the first in a series of Celebrating Writing at the Mount events this year.

Celebrating Writing at the Mount event logo

El Jones Performance Lecture March 4

El Jones Visits The Mount

Presenting the Performance Lecture:

“Angry Black Woman”:
Spoken Word, Politics and Identity

Tuesday, March 4
Don McNeil Room
Rosaria Centre 401
Mount Saint Vincent University
4:30 p.m.

All are welcome.

El Jones March 4 poster [pdf]

El Jones, HRM Poet Laureate, 2013-2015

Co-Sponsored by Canadian Studies, Cultural Studies, English, Women’s Studies, and Girls Conference 2014.

MacDonald Room Reading Series Feb. 10

Valentine’s Week:  Love in all its Facets: Dark & Bright

Carole Glasser Langille
Nolan Natasha Pike

All you need is… poems! Join us for a Valentine’s week reading with award-winning established writer Carole Glasser Langille and exciting emerging talent Nolan Natasha Pike. Monday, February 10th at 7:30 p.m. in The MacDonald Room, Mount Library (main floor). Here is love in all its facets, dark and bright. Open to the public.  All are welcome.

Carol Glasser Langille

Carole Glasser Langille‘s fourth book of poetry, Church of the Exquisite Panic: The Ophelia Poems was nominated for The Atlantic Poetry Prize in 2013. She was awarded The Established Artist Recognition Award in 2013. The author of a collection of short stories and two children’s books, she has given readings and workshops in South Africa, India, and Kaui. Currently she teaches Creative Writing: Poetry at Dalhousie University.

Nolan Natasha Pike

Nolan Natasha Pike is an artist and writer from Toronto who has settled on the east coast. The recipient of multiple university creative writing awards as well as film and writing mentorships, his batting practice was released by Paisley Chapbook Press in 2013; he writes poems in between trips to the beach and episodes of Roseanne.  Currently in the WFNS’s mentorship program, Nolan is working towards the completion of his first novel.

The MacDonald Room Reading Series pairs established and exciting emerging talent and acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the League of Canadian Poets, as well as co-sponsors the Alexa McDonough Institute, the Mount Library, the Mount Writing Centre, and the Department of English.

Feb 10 2014 MacDonald Rm Reading poster


Chapbook release Saturday Nov. 16

Mount English Honours student Nolan Pike will be one of the local writers reading at the Paisley Press Chapbook release this Saturday November 16th, 9 p.m. at the Khyber. Nolan will join Lauren Bell in reading from their new chapbooks.  An open mic will follow so feel free to bring some of your own work to read.

If you are interested in poetry, self-publishing, or chapbook making, you should come out  this Saturday. Come have a drink and celebrate the work of local poets and the amazing efforts of the Paisley Press gang!

batting practice nolan pike. art by helah cooper

batting practice
nolan pike
art by helah cooper

Khyber Centre for the Arts, 1588 Barrington St., Halifax

Paisley Press Chapbook poster 2013 [pdf]

Poetry reading Nov. 5

Poetry reading: Kate Cayley & Chantelle Rideout

The MacDonald Room Reading Series
Tuesday, November 5
7:30 p.m.
MacDonald Room, MSVU Library, Main Floor

All are welcome  —  free  —  open to the public

Kate CayleyKate Cayley‘s first collection of poetry, When This World Comes to an End, is published by Brick Books. She is the artistic director of Stranger Theatre and has co-created, directed and written eight plays with the company. She is a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre, and her first short story collection, How You Were Born, is forthcoming from Pedlar Press.

Chantelle Rideout We are pleased to welcome back to the Mount Chantelle Rideout, who earned her Honours English degree here before completing her Master’s in English and Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick. Her first poetry collection, Sotto Voce, was published in February of this year with Frog Hollow Press, and her poetry has appeared in various literary journals including The Malahat Review and Room Magazine. She lives, writes, and teaches in Halifax.

MacDonald Rm. Reading Series Nov. 5 poster [pdf]

sponsors: Canada Council for the Arts; The League of Canadian Poets; Alexa McDonough Institute; MSVU Library; MSVU English Department

Poetry Reading: Jan Conn & Catherine Greenwood

Poetry Reading Jan Conn and Catherine Greenwood

The MacDonald Room Reading Series 2013
Monday, October 7
7:30 p.m.
MSVU Library, Main Floor
Open to the public – all welcome –  free


Jan ConnJan Conn

Jan Conn was raised in Asbestos, Quebec and lives now in Massachusetts, where she is a professor of Biomedical Sciences researching the genetics and ecology of mosquitoes. She has published eight books of poetry, most recently Edge Effects (2012); Whisk, written with Yoko’s Dogs, was published in 2013 by Pedlar Press.

Catherine GreenwoodCatherine Greenwood

Catherine Greenwood’s poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies; her first book, The Pearl King and Other Poems (2004), was a Kiriyama Prize notable book: her new book, The Lost Letters, is published September 2013. She works for British Columbia’s Ministry of Justice in Victoria.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the League of Canadian Poets, and co-sponsors, the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender, and Social Justice, the Mount Saint Vincent University Library and the English Department.


MacDonald Rm Readings Oct 7 poster [pdf]

One Book Nova Scotia: A Reading by Alissa York

One Book Nova ScotiaJoin One Book Nova Scotia author Alissa York on October 3rd, from 1-2 pm in the MacDonald Room at the Mount Library. Alissa will be reading selections from her novel, Fauna, and answering questions. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. We also have a special door prize to win!

One Book Nova Scotia is a province-wide reading program for adults, with the goals of encouraging reading, building community, and supporting life-long learning. Each year, a book by a living Canadian author is chosen. Fauna, which is set in Toronto, explores the complex relationships that humans share with animals. It is available to borrow at the Mount Library.

For more information on One Book Nova Scotia and Alissa York, please visit

(from the MSVU Library homepage)