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You’re Invited to a Poetry Slam

You're Invited to a Poetry Slam

Come out to cheer on the CWC’s Barb Day, and/or read your own writings during the open mic portion.

Congratulations Elizabeth!

20130723-215735.jpgCongratulations to Elizabeth McCallister on the launch of her first poetry collection.

Notes From Suburbia is available from the author, and through the publisher, Craighleigh Press


Member News

Monica George, a fifth year composition student at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio set April Bulmer’s poem “The Waist of the Moon” to women’s choir music. It was performed two weeks ago at their Spring Concert.

Thought you might want to have a listen, as it is quite haunting.

Congratulations April and Monica!

You’re Invited to a Poetry Slam

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FRIDAY, SEPT.  14TH         


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Featuring the Guelph Poetry Slam Team

Come out & perform or sit back & enjoy an

entertaining evening of spoken word!

Member News

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Four members of the CWC will be published in Ascent Aspirations’ latest anthology As One Cradles Pain: An Anthology on Issues Exploring Disorders.

Poetry Prizes
“The Great Illusion” by S. J. White received Ascent Aspirations Second Prize for Poetry.

April Bulmer – “Ward Paint”, “Perennials”, “Petting the Black Dog”
Barbara Lefcourt – “Good Housekeeping”
Diane Attwell Palfrey – “Birthing the Hexenhammer”, “Teratoma”
S. J. White – “The Great Illusion” (2nd Prize), “Mr. Whittaker”

Congratulations to all!

Mixing It Up: Artistic Interpretations

by Bill Ashwell

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I received an email back in February from Brenda Turnour, an award winning local acrylic/watercolour artist with an invitation to participate in an intriguing creative concept. She and Cambridge photographic artist Judee Richardson Schofield had come up with an idea for a collaborative project showcasing the diversity of art interpretation. They’re calling it “Mixing It Up: Artistic Interpretations”.

As I type this, there are approximately 20 local artistes of all stripes, including yours truly, teamed up across the city creating and collaborating in their respective milieux. At a point in my creative life when I thought, through my various artistic networking efforts, that I knew or was acquainted with most of the artists in this city (they/we are a rather tight-knit bunch) I found myself teamed with a complete stranger, a wonderful Preston-area artist by the name of Heidi Hirschmann. Heidi and I were tasked to create work of art combining her talents as an artist and mine as a writer. Much like the 5-Minute Writing Exercise and the Homework Assignment at CWC meetings, Heidi and I were given the topic “Babbling Brook”, and then given carte blanche to come up with something unique and original. I’m not going to spoil the surprise and share with you what we jointly created. You’ll have to wait and see.

The project will be unveiled at the Cambridge City Hall Thursday, May 31 at the Cambridge Fall Fair, and some pairings may be included at the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts and Cambridge Arts Festival.

Gee, I can hardly wait myself. See you on May 31. You won’t be disappointed.

A Cambridge native, Bill Ashwell has been a CWC member since 1995.

In 2007 Bill was awarded the City of Cambridge’s prestigious Bernice Adams Memorial Award for Communication and Literary Arts. His poetry and prose have been published in several editions of the Writers Undercover Anthologies, The Cambridge Wartime Scrapbook, and most recently, for the Cambridge Libraries’ 2011 Poem-A-Day Contest. In 2001 Bill published Moments of Clarity, a collection of his poetry.

Bill also volunteers for many community Arts organizations, including the Cambridge Arts Festival.

Now Accepting New Members

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Fantastic news for writers looking for in-person critiquing help in Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge and surrounding area! Today, in response to the record number of area participants in NaNoWriMo, and the library’s Poem-A-Day contest, CWC President Barb Day announced that she is opening up membership to allow for the addition of a few new members to our roster.

For more information, email us at cambridge_writers (at)

Summer Posting Schedule

Happy Summer everyone!

Like many others, the CWC membership plans to slow down a bit for the summer to give ourselves time to rejuvenate and be inspired by all the season has to offer.

Through July and August, we will post scheduled updates to this blog monthly, on the first Sunday.  Weekly posting will resume in September.

We hope you take this opportunity to stop and smell the roses as well.

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In Memory of Stuart Summerhayes (CWC founding member)

by Jill Summerhayes

Stuart Summerhayes completed his last race, crossing the final finish line sooner than he wished, in a time of 76 years, 8months. There was no gold medal at the end of this race, but with a quiet smile and positive outlook he allowed himself to rest on November 7th, 2010.

His quiet manner, sense of humour and leadership skills will be missed by many, particularly his three sons, David (Kelly) grandchildren Zach, Lukas, Kassie, of Waterloo; Graham (Sharon) grandchildren Claire and Charlotte, of Stouffville; and Andrew (grandchild Holly) of South River. He was a loving step father to Jill’s children, Alison Turner(Brad Crombie,) grandchildren Turner and Gibson of Highgate, London UK; Helen Turner-Fisher (Mark) children Addison and Garrett of Cambridge; and Michael Turner (Rena) of Toronto. They will all miss his wise counsel, but none more so than his wife Jill to whom he gave the precious gift  of a deep and abiding love.

Inducted into the Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame in 2007- as a National and World champion race walker, he held 25 Canadian records in the Masters division, at the time of his death. Inducted into the Ontario Masters Hall of Fame for athletic excellence on Oct. 30th 2010, Stuart was known for far more than his dedication to the sport of race walking. At 73years old, looking for a new challenge, he joined the Cambridge Rowing Club and took the Learn to Row programme, spending many happy hours on the river.  Stuart was passionate about his causes, which, combined with a strong sense of social justice, led to working toward the equality of women.  Among his many accomplishments were the co-founding the Cambridge Social Planning Council;  he was instrumental in securing the Community Heritage Fund which led to the purchase of McDougal Cottage, now a regional heritage site and museum. In support of his wife Jill’s love of the arts he enjoyed writing, particularly rhyming poetry and short stories; he dabbled with some success in watercolour painting, took on several roles with the Galt Little Theatre and worked diligently to promote the arts in this community.

As Chair of the Cambridge Arts Guild he initiated the Artist in Residence programme at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts and was an active leader on numerous city committees, during his 32 years in the city he loved.

Prior to moving to Cambridge from Toronto, Stuart worked as an ordained minister with the Anglican Church for fifteen years. He went into the private sector after the breakdown of his first marriage. Retiring at 68 years he worked as a civil servant for Health Canada for twenty years.

Special thanks to the loving friends who formed a palliative care team, “Stuart’s Pals” to nurse him at home; Para Med nurses particularly Pat Bolender and Joanne  Resendes and the medical day care staff at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, especially Maureen Quinn. To Dr. Louise Sims, thank you so much for your care .

Once notified of his impending induction in to the Ontario Masters Sports Hall of Fame , for excellence in athletics(racewalking) he was determined to attend the event and struggled valiantly in spite of being almost immobile to attend the ceremony in Toronto, held on Oct 30th which he managed to achieve with support from his family and medical personnel.

A Tribute to Stuart and Celebration of his life will be held in the Toyota Room, at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts (next to City Hall, 60 Dickson Street) on Sunday November 28th, 2010 at 3.00 p.m. Cremation has taken place.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cambridge Community Orchestra would be most appreciated. ( or to 56- 169 Bismark Drive, Cambridge N1S 5B9).

“Your legacy will continue long after you have left us, your loving ways and well lived life will be both honoured and remembered.”

Arrangements by Coutts Funeral Home.