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Tartan Turban Secret Readings #14

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You are invited to the 14th session of The Tartan Turban Secret Readings curated by Lisa de Nikolits at Barrett and Welsh on Friday, November 23rd, 2018, from 7 pm to about 10 pm, featuring Wubit Zewdu, Myna Wallin, Aparna Kaji Shah and Tehmina Khan. The theme: From around the world we have come, to Canada, to find a home.

Lisa de Nikolits is originally from South Africa, and has lived in Canada since 2000. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy and has lived in the U.S.A., Australia and Britain. Her seventh novel, No Fury Like That will be published in Italian, under the title Una furia dell'altro mondo, in 2019. Previous works include The Hungry Mirror, West of Wawa, A Glittering Chaos, Witchdoctor’s Bones; Between The Cracks She Fell and The Nearly Girl. Lisa lives and writes in Toronto and her very new book, Rotten Peaches is hot off the press to reader and literary acclaim. Lisa a member of the Sisters in Crime, Toronto Chapter, Sisters in Crime, Mesdames of Mayhem, The International Thriller Writers.

Aparna Kaji Shah’s debut collection, The Scent of Mogra and Other Stories, was published this September by Inanna Publications and her work was accepted by IFOA’s Toronto Lit Up. Her fiction and poetry have been published in anthologies. Before Aparna came to Canada from Mumbai in 1985, she was a professor of English at the University of Bombay. In Toronto, she has taught at George Brown College. She was one of the founders and editors of an Indian arts magazine called KALA which was published in Toronto. Aparna has written book reviews for The Straits Times in Singapore. At present, she is working on a novel about the impact of dislocation on people’s lives, and at the bottom of her drawer she has a manuscript about a young woman who runs away with the gypsies, which she ponders over from time to time. Aparna has lived in London (UK), Singapore, Toronto and Mumbai and has travelled widely.

Myna Wallin is a poet, prose writer, and editor. She's had three books published: a collection of poetry, A Thousand Profane Pieces (Tightrope Books, 2006), a novel, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar (Tightrope Books, 2010), and her latest, a second collection of poetry, Anatomy of an Injury (Inanna Publications, 2018). Her work has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, and her poetry hung at the AGO in an exhibit, "Why (Not) Paintings of Poets?" Myna has been invited to read in Leeds, England this coming International Women's Day.

Tehmina Khan was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and holds degrees from Kinnaird College, Lahore, and Faculté des Sciences Humaines et Sociales de Tunis. She has her home in Toronto, where she lives with her husband, two children, and their puppy. She is currently working on retelling seven stories from One Thousand and One Nights. Mawenzi House published her collection of short stories, Things She Could Never Have, in the fall of 2017.

Wubit Zewdu is a full-time student, worker and writer. She has a bachelor’s degree in Folklore and Journalism from the University of Addis Ababa. Tekur Ena Nech (Black and White), her book of poems in Amharic, was published in 2017 in Toronto. Wubit began writing as a child and it is her greatest passion. Her future plans include translating her book from Amharic and writing in English.


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

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 readers:
The open mic lineup for TTSR 14 is already full. Our open mic readers are:
Stedmond Pardy, Mayank Bhatt, Evadne Macedo, Michael Fraser and Gavin Barrett

If you are a writer or musician who would like to perform in future 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.

The ambience at our readings is intimate, extremely informal and very supportive. Readers are given 4 minutes in total including a brief introduction to themselves and their work which may be any form of creative writing (fiction/poetry/drama/screenplay) – or a work of reportage or creative non-fiction.

Open mic readers who have published works they would like to offer for sale, are free to mention it on finishing their readings.

There are detailed open mic guidelines posted in our FB group.

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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 may eventually be collected in an anthology, so ideally everyone reads some unpublished work.

The sessions are often photographed, filmed or streamed on FB/YouTube live. Please be aware that by attending this event, you agree to be photographed and/or filmed and give permission to use your likeness in promotional and/or marketing materials.

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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: 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: Please arrive before 7 and encourage your guests to do the same. if they arrive later, they may need to text one of us (contact info will be posted on the door) 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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