Calling all Poets! We gotta’ Jam baby!

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Dylan Thomas. God fearin teetotaler. Was a pretty good poet I hear? Wait. Never mind. Photo by Woody Guthrie.

A fundraising event for Artists in the Schools, an Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands project.

The First Annual 20 hours for Art Marathon of poetry and song is on!

Get you game face on. It’s slap down, phi slamma jamma, knockin’ boot, history making poetry jamming.

It happens on Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21 at the Dominion Hotel, Minden.

Game time? Six am Wednesday to 2 am Thursday. WTF? Two am?

Okay so it’s not for pikers. But it does hearken back to the old days of poesy when you know Dylan Thomas and the boyz used to gather round a barroopm table and you know, schmooze, write and jostle words.

What? Dylan Thomas died how? Okay so maybe have two beers and then switch to orange juice. What? Hemingway too. Jeez.

I’m startin it off with my own award winning screed.


One day in Ireland

Scarred and torn by war

I passed a single flower

beside a barred up door

The windows metal-shuttered

gleamed grey against the sun

and groups of schoolgirls passed

in rows





Michael Fay says: “Join local and international poets as they read non-stop for 20 hours at the Dominion Hotel — the oldest operating hotel in Haliburton County, and one of the oldest operating hotels in Ontario.”

This event is being presented as a partnership between the Haliburton Highlands Writers’ and Editors’ Network (HHWEN), the Dominion Hotel, the Conjurers of County Town and TheRightEyedDeer Press, with the generous assistance of Arts Alive Minden.

Broadcast live over the internet, Live and Dead poets will read local, famous and soon-to-be-famous poetry throughout the day and night. Drop by to listen.

Take the stage and read one of your favourite poems and snag some free food. Door prizes and surprises galore. SCORE! is also looking to appoint the first-ever Minden Poet Laureate.

Details of the competition, open to poets from around the world, are available on the SCORE! web site.

All donations received will go to support the Artists in the Schools project. The Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands began the Artists in the Schools Program in 2004 and has been providing opportunities for children in elementary schools to learn from artists who live in their community.

Sessions are offered by ceramic artists, puppeteers, actors, musicians, dancers, painters, sculptors, print-markers, percussionists, jewellery artists, storytellers, writers of prose and poetry, artist blacksmiths, glass blowers, and fabric artists.

The Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands strives to provide a strong voice for the arts in Haliburton County; to serve as a catalyst for community economic development through the arts; and, through the facilitation of collaborative relationships among artists, organizations, businesses and government, contribute to the vibrancy of the arts and community life.

For more information, please call Donna Gagnon at 705-457-8033 or email

To vote for Gav as resident poet?

Simply fill in the petition that will be there at the door?


July 21 is Gav’s Birthday!

His belly button birthday. His other is March 20.