Kate Braid

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April 20, 2024: Reading at People’s Co-op Bookstore, Vancouver

When: Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 7pm
Where: People’s Co-Op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC
Cost: Free

Kate will be reading at a launch of a new poetry anthology, Cascadia Zen

Other readers will be the book’s editors, Paul Nelson, Jason Wirth and Adelia MacWilliam, along with Daphne Marlatt and Jami Macarty.

Come enjoy Saturday evening with some poetry and good company!

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August 18, 2023: Panel with Women Working as a Boilermaker and a White Water Rafting Guide (Sunshine Coast Written Arts Festival)

When: Friday, August 18, 2023, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Where: Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, Rockwood Centre, Sechelt, BC
Cost: See festival website.

Kate will be a moderator of a panel that features Hilary Peach (Thick Skin: Field Notes from a Sister in the Brotherhood) and Tamar Glouberman (Chasing Rivers: A Whitewater Life), who will delve into issues of women working in “non-traditional” fields.

Additional information about this session is available on the festival website.

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September 16, 2023: Reading with Hilary Peach at Robson Square, Vancouver

When: Saturday, September 16, 2023, 4:00 PM – 5:00  PM
Where: Vancouver Word on the Street, UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC
Cost: Free

Kate and Hilary Peach will read from their books about life in the trades. There might also be some poetry.

Hilary will read from Thick Skin and Kate from Hammer & Nail: Notes of a Journeywoman and Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World.


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October 14, 2023: Annual Forest Poet-Tree Walk at Victoria Festival of Authors

When: Saturday, October 14, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, and again from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Where: Victoria Festival of Authors, Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Mill Stream Road, Victoria, BC
Cost: See below

Along with Beth Kope, Kate will co-host the Annual Forest Poet-Tree Walk. The forest poet tree walk is literally a walk through the beautiful Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary with the featured poets.  We’ll stop at various predetermined places where the poets will read. 

Guest poets will be Robert Bringhurst, Wanda John Kehewin, Samantha Nock and Russell Thornton.

Please note that this is not an accessible venue; come prepared to walk through forest.  It’s not difficult walking: all quite flat and over well-used trails.

Participants need to register for the walk. Tickets go on sale (on their website) one month before the Festival, with prices adjusted for low income and unwaged people.  Nature sanctuary events are the only Festival events without a free option or livestreaming.

Additional information about the festival is available on the festival website.

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February 17, 2023: Readings from Kate’s Trades Books (Victoria)

Readings from Kate’s Trades Books

When: Friday February 17, 2023, 7:00 PM
Where: Herald Street Brewworks, 506 Herald Street, Victoria BC
Cost: Free

Kate reads from her trades books including Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World, at the launch of Hilary Peach’s new book, Thick Skin: Field Notes from a Sister in the Brotherhood.

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Sept 20, 2022: Poets Return – Annual Poetry Night at Kogawa House 

Poets Return: Annual Poetry Night at Kogawa House 

When: Tue, 20 September 2022, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
Where: Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6P 2N4
Cost: $10 or free for members

Poets return this September with an evening of readings by local poets:

  • Kate Braid
  • Megan Fennya Jones
  • Shauna Paull
  • Danny Peart
  • Aislinn Hunter
  • Ellie Sawatzky
  • Tariq Malik
  • R C Weslowski
  • Kevin Spenst

Many of these poets are launching new collections. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Please join us for this in-person event. Prosecco and chocolates will be served.

Email info@kogawahouse.com if you would like to join on Zoom.

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April 30, 2022: In Person Reading, Nanaimo Harbourfront Library

Kate’s first live reading since Covid shut readings down, will take place from 2:30 – 3:30p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, as part of National Poetry Month.  She’ll be reading with Victoria poet, Wendy Donawa, and Port Alberni poet Linda K. Thompson.   It will be hosted by the Nanaimo Poet Laureate, Kamal Parmar.  No admission fee and all are welcome.

Date: Saturday April 30, 2022

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Location: Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial Street, Nanaimo


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