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Reading by Ian Stephen and Bernadette Wagner
(hosted by Bruce Rice)

When: Saturday, April 12 | 2:00 p.m.
Where: SWG Regina Office | Suite 100, 1150-8th Avenue

Join us on a Saturday afternoon at the reading by Scottish poet Ian Stephen and Regina poet Bernadette Wagner, who will be presenting their recent works.

    Photo by Mats Rehnman

Ian Stephen is a writer, artist  and sailor from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. He studied English, Drama and Education at Aberdeen University where he graduated in 1980 with a B Ed. (with distinction) and Hons in English. After 15 years in the coastguard service, he resigned in 1995, to work full-time in the arts.

Since the late 70s his wide-ranging work has been published in numerous UK journals, as well as internationally, in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Switzerland and the USA.

Ian was the inaugural winner of the Christian Salvesen/Robert Louis Stevenson award and he was the first artist in residence at StAnza, Scotland's annual poetry festival. The practice of navigating through the geography of stories has been a key element of his work across the arts since a Creative Scotland Award in 2002.  

    Photo by Shelley Banks

Bernadette Wagner currently serves as Chair of the 2014 Cathedral Village Arts Festival, a week-long celebration of the Arts that takes place each May in Regina's Cathedral Village. She is also the inaugural writer-in-residence for the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre in Regina Beach where she's editing a multi-genre collection of work by local writers. An excerpt from her unpublished manuscript for children won a Saskatchewan Writers' Guild Short Manuscript Award and her collection of poetry, This hot place (Thistledown, 2010), was nominated for the Brenda Macdonald Riches First Book Award.

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