"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Sunday, June 23, 2013


The Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia launched Echoes of Elizabeth Bishop on Saturday afternoon, 22 June 2013, at the Great Village Legion. Since "a picture is worth a thousand words," this post will be a little photo essay of the festivities. The EBSNS thanks all those who attended, especially the contributors who could be present, some of whom came some distance. Anyone interested in purchasing a copy of Echoes of Elizabeth Bishop can do so at the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia website (www.elizabethbishopns.org). The EBSNS would like to thank the book artists at Gaspereau Press in Kentville, N.S., for their stellar work on this book. The contents are eloquent and the book itself is elegant.

The Venue: Great Village Legion, Great Village, N.S.
The EBSNS AGM in progress (Photo by Susan Kerslake).

(Photo by Patti Sharpe)

The contributors (left to right): Ryan Spencer, Maria Duynisveld, Monika Wright, Anne Pollett, Elizabeth Schofield, Mary Verna Feehan (Photo by Susan Kerslake).

The bountiful feast provided by the Great Village Fire Brigade Auxiliary (Photo by Patti Sharpe)

The post-launch mingling (Photo by Patti Sharpe).

Thanks to everyone who worked on this Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Legacy project, and all those who contributed to the book and those who attended the launch.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Elizabeth Bishop's Places in New York City and Great Village

Check out a wonderful recent article, 18 June 2013, in the online Paris Review by Laura C. Mallonee, about the Elizabeth Bishop sites in New York City, "Some Realms I Owned: Elizabeth Bishop in Manhatten." The Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia has a lovely walking tour booklet, Elizabeth Bishop's Great Village: A Self-Guide Tour, which does the same thing for her Nova Scotian childhood home. You can purchase a copy of it on the EBSNS website publications page. Tomorrow the EBSNS will launch Echoes of Elizabeth Bishop: The Elizabeth Bishop Centenary (2011) Writing Competition, at 2:00 p.m. in Great Village, Nova Scotia. The first place winner in the adult category, Australian poet Moya Pacey, is unable to attend, but she has written about her participation in this collection, "The book calls to mind the many wonderful memories I have of my time at the [Arts] Festival in Great Village in 2011. I was honoured to have my story, "My baby brother is born tonight," chosen. I was touched that a childhood memory of mine, that was potent and precious to me, had affected the judges so that they singled it out among the many exceptional stories that were submitted. The days I spent in Great Village, Nova Scotia, during the Festival engaged in the many activities and enjoying the hospitality, generosity and friendliness of the people there...are all engraved on my memory. Fine and perfect like this beautiful book." I will post some photos and an update about the launch next week.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Launch of Echoes of Elizabeth Bishop: Elizabeth Bishop Centenary (2011) Writing Competition

As part of the year-long celebration marking Elizabeth Bishop’s 100th birthday in 2011, the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia sponsored a writing competition (with financial assistance from Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage) for writers of all ages. Submissions came in five categories (Grades Primary to Six, Grades Seven to Nine, Grades Ten to Twelve, Post-Secondary and Adult). The competition received 106 entries and 15 writers were awarded prizes. Many of these writers are from Nova Scotia, but there are also writers from other parts of Canada, the United States and as far away as Australia. Winners received their awards at the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Arts Festival in Great Village, 19-21 August 2011.

The EBSNS is thrilled to announce the publication and launch of Echoes of Elizabeth: Elizabeth Bishop Centenary (2011) Writing Competition at it Annual General Meeting in Great Village, N.S., on 22 June 2013.

This book was designed and printed by the award-winning Gaspereau Press in Kentville, N.S. The book contains the winning entries of the competition, as well as six colour images: photographs and paintings, which were part of two Elizabeth Bishop Centenary visual art exhibitions: Truro Art Society’s “Paint Great Village” exhibition held in Truro and Great Village, July–August 2011; and ViewPoint Gallery’s “One Art” photographic exhibition held in Halifax, September 2011.

Echoes of Elizabeth Bishop can be purchased online at the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia website:

Copies will also be for sale at Bookmark, Halifax, N.S., wonderful independent bookstore, and at the launch.
Echoes of Elizabeth Bishop is an
Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Legacy project.