Tartan Turban Secret Readings #20

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Barrett and Welsh

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Toronto, ON M4E 1R3

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You are invited to the 20th session of The Tartan Turban Secret Readings curated by author Arif Anwar at Barrett and Welsh on Friday, August 23rd, 2019, from 7 pm to about 10 pm, featuring Arif himself, Uzma Jalaluddin, Anar Ali, Kateri Lanthier, Siobhan Jamison, Kirby and Justine Mazin.

Arif Anwar, our curator, is an author and public policy professional. He was born in Bangladesh and has worked for BRAC and UNICEF Myanmar on public health issues. After moving to Toronto, he completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree in education from the University of Toronto. Arif’s first novel, The Storm, was published in 2018 by HarperCollins, was translated into multiple languages and received immediate international acclaim. Praised for an ambitious narrative that plays out over several decades, it tells the story of the impact of one major storm on five different love stories. Visit arifanwar.com to learn more about Arif and his work.

Anar Ali’s short story collection, Baby Khaki's Wings, was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, the Trillium Book Award, and the Danuta Gleed Literary Prize. She is a screenwriter and works in film and television, most recently, for a new medical drama from CTV/NBCUniversal. Ali lives in Toronto. Her novel Night of Power (Penguin Canada, 2019) launches August 19th and is a heart-wrenching story of a family in crisis. Gripping and unforgettable, this debut novel vividly illuminates the injustices of displacement and the nuances of identity—of losing a home and coming home again.

Uzma Jalaluddin writes a culture and parenting column for The Toronto Star. Her debut novel, Ayesha At Last (HarperCollins 2018) has earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal and Kirkus, was named a Globe and Mail Favourite Book of 2018, and voted the Cosmopolitan UK Book of the Year. It was also longlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal and the Toronto Book Awards and optioned for film by Pascal Pictures. Uzma lives in the GTA with her husband and two sons. You can follow her on twitter @UzmaWrites or Instagram @UzmaJalaluddin

Siobhan Jamison is the author of Maternity and Other Corsets — a novel inspired by 10 years in Europe with a French painter and the daughter she must later raise on her own. In 2017, she was longlisted for the CBC poetry prize. She was born in Manchester but lives in Toronto where she teaches at Seneca College and is writing her follow-up, Frozen Meat on Hooks.

Kirby’s earlier chapbooks include Simple Enough, Cock & Soul, Bob’s boy, The world is fucked and sometimes beautiful, and SHE'S HAVING A DORIS DAY (knife | fork | book, 2017). They appear in Matrix Magazine, Dusie, Canthius, Carousel, Burning House, The Rusty Toque (Pushcart Nominee) and can be heard on bandcamp. A collection of essays, Poetry Is Queer, from Kirby’s ongoing class/ workshop is forthcoming, along with their new chapbook, She Ascended Into Heaven (Anstruther Press, 2020). Their full-length debut, THIS IS WHERE I GET OFF is out now from Permanent Sleep Press. Kirby is the owner/publisher of knife | fork | book, Toronto.

Kateri Lanthier’s poems have been published in many journals, including The Fiddlehead, Event, Hazlitt, Green Mountains Review, Arc, Best Canadian Poetry 2014, Halibut Haiku, The Walrus, and the Literary Review of Canada. She won the 2013 Walrus Poetry Prize. She is an Adjunct Professor, MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing, University of Toronto. Her books are Reporting from Night (Iguana, 2011) and Siren (Signal Editions, Véhicule Press, 2017), which was longlisted for the 2018 Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her first creative non-fiction essay is forthcoming in the anthology Against Death (Anvil Press, 2019). Poems from Siren have been included in four print anthologies.

Justine Mazin is a writer and screenwriter from Toronto. Her short story, Packing Snow, was a finalist for the 2016 CBC Short Story Prize. She has completed a novel which is currently being considered by publishers and is working on a TV series, a dramedy, set in Toronto. Whenever she has an idea she can’t shake she turns it into short fiction; one day she hopes to publish a collection of her stories.

For updated information and for author headshots, follow our Facebook group and Facebook event page.

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Open mic:

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 #20 please contact Arif Anwar the evening's curator (or series curators Gavin or Mayank) — beforehand as this will allow him to line up readers and manage the evening efficiently.

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. This is not a lecture or motivational speaking series, so no academic or self-help works, please.

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

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

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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).

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 Corporation, it has specialty practices in inclusion communications (mainly multicultural/visible minority and persons with disabilities) and urban sustainable development (mainly transit).

About the series co-curators: Mayank Bhatt's first novel Belief was published in 2016 by MG Vassanji’s Mawenzi House press. The novel explores youth radicalization 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. Gavin’s poetry has been published in Ranjit Hoskote’s anthology of 14 contemporary Indian poets, Reasons for Belonging (Viking/Penguin India); the journal of Pen India; The Folio; The Independent; The Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad; and Poeisis – the journal of the Bombay Poetry Circle of which he was a founding member. He is the founder, host and series co-curator of the Tartan Turban Secret Readings, a Toronto reading series that focuses on giving emerging visible minority writers a stage. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Canadian Authors Association – Toronto and is an associate member of The League of Canadian Poets. You can read more about Gavin in the organizer note below.

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