About this event

What: Book launch and musical performance
When: Sunday, September 19, 4PM
Where: The back garden at Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue
Cost: $20 (includes refreshments and signed copy of the book)

Inspired by contemporary English language haiku, poet Jude Neale explores ordinary objects through both poetry and photography in her new collection, Inside the Pearl.

These photos and haiku-like poems capture moments and memories — recording and archiving, the history and treasures of Historic Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver. The images range from colourful household items to grainy, black and white snapshots of times past, reminders of a most difficult period in Japanese Canadian history that still resonate today.

With Thomas Beckman on viola.

Please join us!

About the Poet

Jude Neale is a Canadian poet, vocalist, spoken word performer, and mentor who publishes frequently in journals, anthologies, and e-zines. She has been shortlisted, highly commended, and a finalist for many national and international competitions, and has written ten books. Her book A Quiet Coming of Light, A Poetic Memoir (Leaf Press) was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, which recognizes exemplary Canadian female poets.

Splendid in Its Silence, was a SPM Prize winner, and was published in the UK. A poem from this book was chosen by Britain’s Poet Laureate to ride around the Channel Islands on public transit for a year, and Jude was a featured reader at the Guernsey International Literary festival. Selected poems from this volume can be heard on Jude’s EP project Places Beyond, with violist/ composer Thomas R.L. Beckman.

Jude and Bonnie Nish started an online collaboration which led them to co-write Cantata in Two Voices in 50 challenging days. A Blooming , We Sing Ourselves Back, and Impromptu (all Ekstasis Editions) followed over the next 2 years.

The River Answers (Ekstasis Editions) was published in early 2021, and Inside the Pearl (Guernica Editions) was written at Historic Joy Kogawa House and will be launched at this public event.

About the Violist

Canadian Music Centre associate composer and violist, Thomas Beckman serves as in-house composer for the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, Festival composer for the Artists for Conservation, and as principal violist of the Prince George Symphony.

His projects have varied widely from one to another, composing film scores for independent shorts and documentaries to composing concert music for well known groups within the province, such as the Borealis String Quartet, the Vancouver Youth Choir, the Prince George Symphony, the Postmodern Camerata, the Vancouver Symphony and the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.

His St Roch Suite for orchestra and choir premiered earlier this year with the PGSO, and his latest album Life in the Universe commissioned by the H.R. MacMillan Centre was released by Redshift Records in 2019.

About the Photographer

Paul Hooson is a professional stage, street, and therapeutic clown, former student of Marcel Marceau and Etienne Decroux, and was a member of the influential “Palais des Merveilles” street theatre company in Paris in 1971/1972.

Paul created silent clown “Alexander” in 1975, cofounded ground-breaking bilingual clown theatre company “Cirque Alexander” with Anita Couvrette (Officer O’Sneeley) in 1977, and formed the “Mirth Unit” Therapeutic Clown Program at BC Children’s Hospital in 1994, becoming Canada’s first Therapeutic Clown Doctor.

Paul is also a professional puppeteer, and has an extensive resumé in film and television, including Stargate SG1/Atlantis, The Santa Claus 2, Scary Movie 3, Alien vs. Predator Requiem, and i,Robot.

He was honoured to be key puppeteer and artistic collaborator for Fred Penner’s stage show “The Cat Came Back,” which toured nationally in 2012 and 2013.

While Paul is used to collaborating, Inside the Pearl is his first photographic and poetry book. He delved deeply into the treasure trove that is Historic Joy Kogawa House and was honoured to inspire Jude Neale to write the poems. 

About the Poet

Jude Neale is a Canadian poet, vocalist, spoken word performer, and mentor who publishes frequently in journals, anthologies, and e-zines. She has been shortlisted, highly commended, and a finalist for many national and international competitions, and has written ten books. Her book A Quiet Coming of Light, A Poetic Memoir (Leaf Press) was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, which recognizes exemplary Canadian female poets.

Splendid in Its Silence, was a SPM Prize winner, and was published in the UK. A poem from this book was chosen by Britain’s Poet Laureate to ride around the Channel Islands on public transit for a year, and Jude was a featured reader at the Guernsey International Literary festival. Selected poems from this volume can be heard on Jude’s EP project Places Beyond, with violist/ composer Thomas R.L. Beckman.

Jude and Bonnie Nish started an online collaboration which led them to co-write Cantata in Two Voices in 50 challenging days. A Blooming , We Sing Ourselves Back, and Impromptu (all Ekstasis Editions) followed over the next 2 years.

The River Answers (Ekstasis Editions) was published in early 2021, and Inside the Pearl (Guernica Editions) was written at Historic Joy Kogawa House and will be launched at this public event.

About the Violist

Canadian Music Centre associate composer and violist, Thomas Beckman serves as in-house composer for the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, Festival composer for the Artists for Conservation, and as principal violist of the Prince George Symphony.

His projects have varied widely from one to another, composing film scores for independent shorts and documentaries to composing concert music for well known groups within the province, such as the Borealis String Quartet, the Vancouver Youth Choir, the Prince George Symphony, the Postmodern Camerata, the Vancouver Symphony and the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.

His St Roch Suite for orchestra and choir premiered earlier this year with the PGSO, and his latest album Life in the Universe commissioned by the H.R. MacMillan Centre was released by Redshift Records in 2019.

About the Photographer

Paul Hooson is a professional stage, street, and therapeutic clown, former student of Marcel Marceau and Etienne Decroux, and was a member of the influential “Palais des Merveilles” street theatre company in Paris in 1971/1972.

Paul created silent clown “Alexander” in 1975, cofounded ground-breaking bilingual clown theatre company “Cirque Alexander” with Anita Couvrette (Officer O’Sneeley) in 1977, and formed the “Mirth Unit” Therapeutic Clown Program at BC Children’s Hospital in 1994, becoming Canada’s first Therapeutic Clown Doctor.

Paul is also a professional puppeteer, and has an extensive resumé in film and television, including Stargate SG1/Atlantis, The Santa Claus 2, Scary Movie 3, Alien vs. Predator Requiem, and i,Robot.

He was honoured to be key puppeteer and artistic collaborator for Fred Penner’s stage show “The Cat Came Back,” which toured nationally in 2012 and 2013.

While Paul is used to collaborating, Inside the Pearl is his first photographic and poetry book. He delved deeply into the treasure trove that is Historic Joy Kogawa House and was honoured to inspire Jude Neale to write the poems.