Kate Braid

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March 8, 2021: Panel, BCIT International Women’s Day Event

Panel with writers Tessa Jordan and Geraldine Eliot

Date: Monday, March 8, 2021

Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm PST


International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated to recognize the achievements of women and bring attention to gender parity and women’s rights.

BCIT’s 2021 IWD celebration will feature two Zoom events on March 8, 2021.

The second event will take place from 11:30 am–12:30 pm PST (19:00–20:30 GMT) and will showcase women authors at BCIT, including Kate Braid, Tessa Jordan and Geraldine Eliot.

(The first event is a panel of women from around the world, who will discuss issues affecting women and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s lives. This panel will take place on Zoom on March 8, 2021, 8:30 am–10:00 am PST (16:30–18:00 GMT).

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March 10, 2021: Celebration of SFU Authors

Annual Celebration of SFU Authors

Date: Wednesday, March 10,  2021

Time: 1:00 pm – 2 pm PST


The Annual Celebration of SFU Authors is a university-wide event that publicly acknowledges and honours SFU faculty, students, staff, alumni and retired university community members who have authored or co-authored a publication, or its equivalent, within the past year. 

This year’s event, celebrating authors with works published in 2020, will be held virtually on March 10, 2021.

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April 2, 2021: Virtual Poetry Workshop from Gabriola Island

Poetry Workshop:  “Trans/Forming:  Old Forms to Sing a New Song”

Date: Friday, April 2, 2021

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EST


Part of the Isle of the Arts Festival. Sponsored by Gabriola Arts Council.

Kate will be presenting a poetry workshop at 3pm. This event will be online, held by Zoom.

The ancient tradition of writing poetry in given form such as sonnet, glosa, haiku and sestina is creating new excitement among Canadian writers.  Even those used to writing prose may find that playing with words within strict guidelines can work magic on mundane language, partly through form’s emphasis on sound – repetition, rhythm and rhyme – and partly through its promise of utter freedom within constraints.  Writing in forms can give writing a lyric jolt that takes you places you never knew you could go.

Registration for the workshop is not yet open. Check the More Information link below in early March for details and to register.

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April 3, 2021: Virtual Poetry Reading from Gabriola Island

Poetry Reading with Arleen Paré

Date: Saturday, April 3, 2021

Time: 7:00pm EST


Kate will be giving a virtual poetry reading (by Zoom) with Arleen Paré. The event is hosted by Poetry Gabriola.  

Part of the Isle of the Arts Festival. Sponsored by Gabriola Arts Council.

Details for how to attend this online event are not yet available. Check the More Information link below in early March for details.

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Hammer & Nail: Notes of a Journeywoman

Kate’s new book of essays and stories, Hammer & Nail: Notes of a Journeywoman, published by Caitlin Press, is available in Canadian bookstores, on-line and directly from the publisher now.  It will be available in the US in spring 2021.

In the long-awaited follow-up to her 2012 memoir, Journeywoman, Kate Braid returns with an honest and thought-provoking collection of essays, stories and notes reflecting on her career in a male-dominated profession and on the changes female tradespeople have witnessed.

In 1977, Kate Braid began work as one of the first women to stumble (literally) into construction. Since then, feminism, the #MeToo movement, pay equity legislation and other efforts have led to more women in a wider variety of careers. Yet, the number of women in blue-collar trades has barely shifted—from three percent to a mere four.

In Journeywoman, Braid told a personal story of working almost exclusively with all-male construction crews. In Hammer & Nail: Notes of a Journeywoman, Braid returns to the trades with courage, compassion, and humour. Connecting her lifetime of experiences as a construction worker, as well as an educator and writer, Braid reflects on the culture of labour and recalls the thrill of realizing her own skill and capabilities.

Through stories, articles and speeches, Hammer & Nail sheds new light on our ideas of traditional gender roles—and how those ideas change in small but profound moments of gentleness, strength, humility and clarity on the job. Hammer & Nail is a thought-provoking collection of the highs and lows, the laughs, the heartaches and some of the lessons of Braid’s journey.


Hammer and Nail reads like sports reporter Alison Gordon’s baseball memoir Foul Ball! in its often humorous and always pointed examination of a traditionally male sphere resistant to female intrusion. In essayistic chapters, Braid offers insider information about things we’d never know as laypeople. […] framing her years of working as a journeywoman through the more current lenses of the pandemic, #MeToo, and the struggle for diversity in the workplace.”
Quill & Quire

“Through a series of micro-essays she provides details of her working life, practical advice for women in trades, and feminist readings of male spaces. … Braid deftly threads herself throughout the narrative as a constant guide through rough yet rewarding terrain. Woven throughout the whole text is a beautiful love story where the reader gets hints and samples of Braid’s passion for her craft.”
The Ormsby Review

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