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Tea & Tales August 13th 2019

Tea & Tales Chevrolets and Tapioca - Stories and Poems with Linda K. Thompson

Tomorrow's Tea & Tales program features Linda K. Thompson, a writer and poet inspired by Pemberton (among other places). 

This is the sixth in a series of seven presentations that will feature speakers from Birken, Mt. Currie, Pemberton, and Squamish.  Our theme this year is Local Art: Past & Present.

So what is Art?  Art is defined as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, and includes the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.

Why is Art is important?  Art reflects and informs the culture from which it emerges.  Art created reflects a time and a place and the values and beliefs of that place.  Art can be considered a mirror that is held up to inspire reflection on what is…,and what was.  Art can communicate thoughts and ideas across generations.

Linda K. Thompson grew up in the Pemberton Valley and has lived for many years in the shadow of the Beaufort Range on Vancouver Island.  She tends to pin her poem’s puny, homesick characters against both these walloping landscapes. 

Her poem Botany for Beginners was shortlisted for the Malahat Review Far Horizons prize and she received Honourable Mention from the Troubadour International Poetry Prize out of London, England for her poem Gloria.

Linda has a chapbook “Four Small People in Sturdy Shoes” and her full-length manuscript “Black Bears in the Carrot Field” is making the rounds of publishers.

A poet friend says of Linda’s writing: Her poems manage to combine the twang of the hurtin’ song with something dark and lyrical.”

You can see more about Linda and her art on her website