Kate Braid

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May 29, 2018: Reading in Surrey

What: Kate reading from Elemental, with Cornelia Hoogland and Mercedes Eng.  Hosted by Surrey Poet Laureate Renee Sarojini Saklikar

When: 6:30 pm, Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Where:  Surrey City Centre Public Library, Room 120 (ground floor)

Cost: Free admission.    

For further information, contact Monica Miller, Coordinator, at 604.684.0228.


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June 6, 2018: Book Launch in Vancouver

What: Official launches of Elemental and of Gypsy Fugue, by Marlene Schiwy

When: 6:30 pm, Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Where:  Massy Books, 229 E Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z6

Cost:  Free admission.

For further information, call 604.721.4405.


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July 6, 2018: Reading in Victoria

What: Kate will be reading from her new book, Elemental, along with John Terpstra, from Hamilton, reading from his new book, Mischief

When: 7pm, Friday, July 6, 2018

Where: Planet Earth Poetry Series, Hillside Coffee and Tea House, 1633 Hillside Avenue (across from Bolen Books)

Cost: Free admission

For further information, contact the host Daniel Scott at pepoetry2@gmail.com

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July 8, 2016: Reading on Pender Island

What: Kate will be reading from her new book, Elemental, along with John Terpstra, from Hamilton, reading from his new book, Mischief

When:  1pm, Sunday, July 8, 2018

Where:  Talisman Bookstore,  #4 – 4605 Bedwell Harbour Road (Driftwood Shopping Centre)

Cost: Free admission

For further information, contact Melanie at 250.629.6944

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Kate’s Newest Book of Poetry: Elemental


It is night.  Outside

a light across the blind

and the wet rubber sound

of a car passing.

Bamboo sings a long song

to the wind

and the house sighs.

Rain drops like a shawl.


Usually, we take for granted or plain ignore the Earth we walk on, Sky above us, Water we drink and bathe and swim in or that falls as rain, the Fire we assume for heat, and the Wood that’s our landscape and our building material. But over fifteen years as a construction carpenter, Kate Braid began to pay more attention to the elemental materials she worked with and depended upon. Out of these she has crafted an intimate picture not only of what it is like to be wholly engaged with the building materials of the earth, but of living in and upon it every day.

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March 1, 2018: Reading and Launch of New Poetry Book “Elemental”

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Time: 7pm

Event: Open Poetry Mic, with Featured Poet Kate Braid

Location:  Salt Spring Island Public Library, 129 McPhillips Avenue, Salt Spring Island, BC 

Signup for open poetry mic starts at 6:45. Open mic starts at 7:00. Kate reads at 7:30.

For further information contact the library or Karen Hudson, khudson@saltspringlibrary.com.

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October 22: Reading

Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Time: 2pm

Event: “That 70s Show”  (Poetic Justice Poetry Reading Series) 

Location: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street downstairs

The series is relocating from New Westminster to downtown Vancouver with a celebratory event, “That 70s Show”

Kate Braid reading with poets Heidi Greco, Tom Konyves, Hannah Main-van der Kamp, and Susan McCaslin, all born in 1947 and turning 70 this year.

Sponsored by Poetic Justice.

For more information see www.poeticjustice.ca.

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