Where Fact and Fiction Overlap

Review of The Private Journal of Captain G.H. Richards: The Vancouver Island Survey (1860-1862), mentions an overlap with The Chief Factor’s Daughter, in the character of Lieutenant R.C. Mayne.
Captain Richards’ journal offers additional historical insights through supplemented journal excerpts from another junior officer, John Gowlland.

Winner in the Burnaby Writers’ Society 2014 Poetry Contest

My poem, Madrona sheds her skin, won an Honourable Mention in the Burnaby Writers’ Society competition, with the theme of “Wood”. This year’s judge was Calvin Wharton, Chair of Creative Writing at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC. Winners and finalists are invited to read their entries at the society’s Awards Night on October 21st.


Tango Performance at the University of Victoria

This week, it was a pleasure to dance with Roland Grittani at the celebration for Dr. Oscar Casiro, retiring Dean of the Island Medical Program. The event was blessed with a sunny evening on the beautiful grounds of UVic’s campus, and we especially appreciated the warm response from the audience. Following our dances, Dr. Casiro (M.D., University of Buenos Aires), in his native Spanish, asked Roland where he was from — assuming Argentina. We were glad to participate in such a tribute.

Tango Workshop in Crofton, May 18th

I am pleased to be offering another tango workshop at the Crofton Community Centre.  The focus will be musicality (the essence of dance!), and techniques to express it.  Although a ‘led’ dance, tango is most dynamic when both partners connect to the music together.  I will be joined by Roland Grittani in exploring the styles of several band leaders.

Sunday, May 18th, 3:30 – 4:30, $10/person.  Followed by the ‘Meet-in-the-Middle’ Milonga at 5 pm.  http://www.islandtango.ca/


Tea & Tango, in Cowichan Valley

I will be performing tango at the TeaFarm in Cowichan Valley, April 26th, with Roland Grittani, who will also play accordion.  Guests will get a taste of tango at this beautiful, rustic setting, where they grow their own tea!  Now sold out.


And a short clip of the event…