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Tartan Turban Secret Readings #13

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Toronto, ON M4E 1R3

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You are invited to the 13th session of The Tartan Turban Secret Readings curated by Jessica Westhead at Barrett and Welsh on Thursday, October 18th, 2018, from 7 pm to about 10 pm, featuring Anna Woo, JF Garrard, Sadi Muktadir, Sonal Champsee and Anubha Mehta.

Jessica Westhead’s fiction has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards, selected for the Journey Prize anthology, and nominated for a National Magazine Award. She is the author of the novel Pulpy & Midge (Coach House Books) and the critically acclaimed short-story collections And Also Sharks and Things Not to Do (Cormorant Books). And Also Sharks was a Globe & Mail Top 100 Book, one of Kobo’s Best Ebooks of 2011, and a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Short Fiction Prize.

Anna Woo is a Toronto-based writer and registered psychotherapist. She was first published in 1993 in a collection of short stories called Sharing our Experience by the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women. She began writing fiction after taking a short-story-writing course at the University of Toronto and then completed the Creative Writing program through The Humber School for Writers in 2002. Her first fictional novel, Her Mother’s Voice, was self-published in 2013. Anna continues to write and do therapy work. In 2017, she became a certified mindfulness-based cognitive-therapy facilitator and is continuing to move into the field of group work, teaching mindfulness skills.

Sadi Muktadir is a writer who’s currently squandering his twenties working in an office downtown. He’s a Toronto native who’s been writing about issues related to a specific Toronto upbringing. As a second-generation Canadian, he was raised with a unique blend of competing values, some Western and some worldly. His stories are inspired by these experiences, focusing on issues surrounding identity, violence, and the dark side of immigration. He has a weakness for food, and when not writing, can be found gorging his way across the city on weekends, celebrating some of Toronto’s lesser-known restaurants on his food website. He’s been published in The Humber Literary Review, Ricepaper Magazine, the 2018 Hart House Winter Supplement, and other places. You can follow him on Instagram at instagram.com/6thirst

JF Garrard is the founder of Dark Helix Press, Marketing Strategist for Ricepaper Magazine, and an Assistant Editor for Amazing Stories Magazine. In 2018, her short story “The Metamorphosis of Nova” was published in the Blood Is Thicker anthology by Iguana Books. In late 2018/19, another short story, “The Perfect Husband” will be published in the We Shall Be Monsters Frankenstein Anthology by Renaissance Press. Her background is in Nuclear Medicine and she has a MBA in Marketing and Strategy. Currently she is pursuing a Creative Writing certificate from Ryerson University. jfgarrard.com

Sonal Champsee’s short fiction and essays have been published in anthologies and magazines such as The New Quarterly, Ricepaper Magazine, and Literary Mama. She was a finalist for the Writer’s Union of Canada’s 2017 Emerging Writers Short Prose contest, and her play, Everything But the Paper, was produced by Prathidwani Drama Wing in Seattle. She was a volunteer adult-literacy tutor for ten years, served on the PRISM International Editorial Board for five years, and has been a creative writing instructor for Sarah Selecky’s Writing School since its inception. Sonal lives in Toronto, holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, and is finishing up a novel. Sonal blogs about writing at sonalchampsee.com

Anubha Mehta’s debut novel Peacock in the Snow transcends the boundaries of time and country to give a fresh perspective on patriarchy, migration, and courage and was a Most Anticipated Book on 49th Shelf. Anubha’s writing has been widely published in Canada and abroad.
With a doctorate in Political Science and over two decades of Canadian public-service experience, Anubha has been a classical dancer, theatre-actor, painter, and poet. She led a singular portfolio of Diversity Officer at the Regional Government of Peel and was acclaimed for her work with diverse Canadian communities. On her interactive blog
TELL-TALE, Anubha invites natives and immigrants to share their stories. In A WRITERS BLOG, Anubha shares her transition from writer to author with lessons learned, tips, tools, and traps. anubhamehta.com

For updated information and for author headshots, follow us on our Facebook group.

We hope you will come, read, share and listen, but if life/the evening/your acrobatic gerbil has other plans for you, we completely understand.

We encourage you to support our featured writers by buying signed copies of their works at the reading or making a donation to their Indigogo page. (Cash only please).

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Open mic sessions:
Anyone attending is welcome to read or perform (if you are a musician) in our open mic sessions.

If you are a writer or musician who would like to perform in the open mic session, we ask that you listen in to at least one session to get the flavour of the evening and join in on your next visit.
To participate in TTSR #13 please contact Jessica Westhead — the evening's curator — beforehand as this will allow her to line up the readers and manage the evening efficiently.

Open mic readers are given 4 minutes in total — you may read a work of creative writing (fiction/poetry/drama/screenplay) - or a work of reportage or creative non-fiction. This is not a lecture or motivational speaking series, so no academic or self-help works, please. It doesn’t matter if it’s not in English or French - one of our open mic readers read a stunning series of poems in Spanish based on interviews with jailed murderers in Mexico. Simply accompany your readings with an explanation of the context and a brief translation in English.

If you are reading at an open mic please read no more than:
4 pages of poetry or,
2 single pages of double-spaced prose, or
3 pages of a screenplay or play,
- up to a 4 minute maximum for any creative material, including a brief introduction to yourself and your work.
At the end of 4 minutes, there will be a simple buzzer to let you know your time is up, to save any reader the embarrassment of being stopped by a curator.

Don't let yourself be intimidated by these guidelines. They are designed to make sure the evening is enjoyable for all. The ambience at our readings is intimate, extremely informal and very supportive.

If you have published works that you would like to offer for sale, feel free to mention it when you finish your reading.

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About The Tartan Turban Secret Readings:
Barrett and Welsh hosts a (not so) “secret" reading series on its rather lovely open-air office rooftop deck while it's warm, and in its large open concept studio space in cooler weather.

The Tartan Turban Secret Readings feature poetry, drama and prose readings that celebrate Canadian multicultural writing created by multicultural, minority and BIPOC writers. The idea is to provide a platform for minority writers who have very few such platforms while welcoming all writers who want to celebrate Canada’s multiculturalism, diversity and indigenous heritage, and have talent to share.

Curators change from reading to reading. If you would like to read or curate, contact Gavin Barrett or Mayank Bhatt who are co-curators for the series.

Readings ideally take place every 3rd or 4th Thursday or Friday, but this varies depending on what is convenient for featured readers and curators.
The series has moved indoors for winter.

The hope is to also intersperse the readings with musical performances from multicultural/minority/BIPOC musicians eventually. Maybe a tabla or bongo player may pop in to accompany the readers or to play between readings. Maybe one of you will invite a Metis fiddle maestro.

Please feel free to bring any of your friends of every minority whether "visible" or otherwise – non-minorities are warmly welcomed too. Feel free to suggest others you think might be ideal as curators, participants or happy listeners.

The sessions may be photographed, filmed and possibly streamed on FB/YouTube live. (if we can arrange for a production partner to organise this.)

Readings may be collected for a book for publication at the end of the year, so ideally everyone will be reading unpublished work.
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Seating: For those wishing to attend, please note that our indoor space can comfortably accommodate no more than 35 people, including our features for the evening.

Refreshments: Refreshments: Barrett and Welsh does provide complimentary refreshments and light snacks, but in keeping with the community-centric spirit of the series, we encourage attendees to bring and/or share their own beverages and snacks (and to carry their own drinking cups/glasses as we avoid the use of disposables unless they are biodegradable. Filtered water is available to all.

Entry: We’ll have someone posted at street level until 7 pm to get people in. (Ground level entrance is auto-locked by security after that.) Please arrive before 7 and encourage your guests to do same. if they arrive later, they’ll need to text one of us to let them in and we’ll swing by in 10 min intervals (sorry!)

Accessibility: Barrett and Welsh’s offices are at the top of an office building that was once a large townhouse, so there are a couple of steep flights of stairs to get in. If you (or any guests) have mobility challenges, please be aware that you may need a helping hand up the stairs, as there is no elevator. Please let us know if we can be of assistance.

Want to receive updates on the next reading? Simply follow our FB group for updates on the next session and the link to the Eventbrite registration page for each reading. (we do ask that you register if you plan to attend). You can also sign up for our email list here.

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About Barrett and Welsh: Barrett and Welsh is a minority-led, creativity-powered, change-making ad agency that puts ideas first to make ideas last. A certified B-Corp, it has speciality practices in inclusion communications (mainly multicultural/minority and persons with disabilities) and urban sustainable development (mainly transit).

About the series co-curators: Mayank Bhatt's first novel Belief was published late last year by MG Vassanji’s Mawenzi House press. The novel explores youth radicalisation and alienation, and the impact of terrorism on a family in the context of the failure of immigration and settlement framework in Canada.

Mayank Bhatt immigrated to Toronto in 2008 from Mumbai (Bombay), where he worked as a journalist. His short stories have been published in TOK 5: Writing the New Toronto and Canadian Voices II. In Canada, he has worked as a security guard, as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce and as an organizer for the Festive of South Asian Literature and Art. He lives in Toronto with his family.

Mayank co-curates the Tartan Turban Secret Readings with Gavin Barrett. (see organizer description below for more about Gavin).

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