Picton Branch to host A-Frame Pastiche July 18

Picton Branch of the Prince Edward County Public Library. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

At the County of Prince Edward Public Library, we are proud to count the Al Purdy A- Frame group as one of our community partners.

The Writer in Residence program at the A-Frame brings poets and writers from all over to the County. As noted on the website alpurdy.ca, “Even while the A-frame was being built, it became a meeting place – for poets, for poetry lovers, for those aspiring to be poets.”

Building on this tradition the program asks writers who stay in residence at the A-Frame are to take on a community project, often held at the public library. This gives Prince Edward County residents and visitors a peek into the creative work that is happening at the A-Frame and helps the writers develop their understanding of the County and engage in conversations with other writers. Hannah Rahimi’s recent project, a poetry station at the Ameliasburgh Branch Library, which asked participants to add one line to a poem, was a big success.

Her creative nand open-ended prompts such as “I remember…” helped get people thinking about poetry in a very welcoming way.

The next resident, Charmaine Cadeau, is bringing her community project to the Picton Branch Library. Entitled “Pressing Matters”, this workshop invites you to come learn about letterpress printing and make a copy of a small broadside featuring one of Al Purdy’s poems.

Drop in on Tuesday, June 28 at 11 a.m. to meet Charmaine and experiment with letterpress. Check out https://charmainecadeau.com/ for more about Charmaine.

On Monday, July 18, come to the Picton Branch Library for A-Frame Pastiches: Writing in Tribute to Al Purdy. Al Purdy, as one of Canada’s most beloved poets, has inspired several generations of writers. Pastiche involves writing in the style of another poet to understand how their poems work. Over a three-hour workshop led by John Barton, a 2022 Al Purdy A-Frame Fellow, participants will learn about pastiche and other forms of. literary tribute, including the cento, glosa, and remix, write a poem in the style of or in tribute to Al Purdy. The emphasis will be on writing a good draft to take home for further work. Participants should bring their favourite poems and books by Al Purdy with them as well as their preferred writing tools. Registration is limited to 10. Reserve your spot at peclibrary.org or call (613) 476-5962.

The library is closed on Mondays which will allow participants to spread out and work in a quiet environment.

Check out the A-Frame website at alpurdy.ca or drop into any branch of the library for more information or for any of Purdy’s books.

-Liz Zylstra