I’m busy workig on my ‘memoirs’. I’m not going to thinly disguise my life story as fiction so I know I am headed in the ‘write’ direction. Since I finished my book Rampage:the pathology of an epidemic I have not been writing. I haven’t even been writing and producing plays so it is time to start a new project. After reading The Glass Castle (which is similar to my childhood story)I thought that I have overlooked the day to day experience in my writing. I always focus on the dramatic or the ‘big’ tragedies but my life growing up reads a lot like the above mentioned book. I will also write a new play this year . . . I have to.
Creatively for now I am working on producing and directing The Vagina Monologues March 24th at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium in Abbotsford. Tickets are $20 and will be available at A & D Music on Montrose (there will be other locations TBA) BUT if you bring a pair of new or gently used women’s shoes you can purchase a ticket for $15.
We need the shoes for our March 25 Memory March with a focus on a Shoe Memorial. Display of shoes with murdered women’s names from BC starts at 11 AM. Speakers and vigil at 1 PM in the Civic Plaza behind MCA. This event is to honour the over 4,000 missing and murdered women and children on The List in the book Rampage.
Our non-profit Art Matter’s Society could use some help organizing these events-email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
“A Human-Made Affair”:
Art Matter’s Society presents a two day event at the Kariton Gallery in conjunction with the Abbotsford Art’s Council. Saturday, September 24 and Sunday the 25th . Saturday is a global day of 100 Poets For Change where organizers hope that poets, singers and speakers will gather at 11 AM. In Abbotsford that is a TBA location as of yet. The displays and workshops will be starting at 1 PM at the Kariton Gallery.
A Human Made Affair will run from 10 AM-4 PM featuring workshops on ‘made’ items that relate to books like making bookmarks, altered books, steam punk books and there will be workshops on both days on Self-publishing by Penny-a-Line Promotions.
In the evening from 6:30-9:30 PM join poets, writers and performance artists for readings, mingling and conversation.
We are looking for Fraser Valley writers who want to read from their work—there is also an opportunity for their chapbook of poetry or novel to be sold at the two-day event. We are still open to any book-related workshop ideas anyone might want to offer.
Contact Gwynne at email@example.com
The ragmag is home to Penny-a-Line Productions and the Penny-a-Line Players; we feature plays we are in and upcoming productions.
We post articles from our readers, art work and comments. We love to hear from you. The Rag began as a printed magazine with the purpose of ending violence against women and girls. We continue the work on-line and in the community.
The Rag is the “penny press for the working woman”.
Welcome to our new Rag-ezine. Join us as a friend of the Rag by sponsoring these pages with an ad. Send us your thoughts, your poems, stories, art work and articles. We will have all new articles and art for a September celebration of this site.
The ragmag has only one goal and that is to help stop the violence. We offer a place on these pages for artists and writers to express their concerns for the world. Send us articles on how you cope with the violence, ways to heal and move on, and creative stories that simply make us laugh.
Our last issue of the printed Rag is out and in it we published The List of 3,044 names of missing and murdered women and children. If you would like a copy they are available by ordering them through this website. The List now contains over 4,000 names and those stories will be included in Gwynne Hunt’ upcoming book Rampage; the pathology of an epidemic.
Our upcoming shows include Gwynne Hunt’s MacBethie, a children’s play and spoof of another famous play with a Mac-name. 3 PM June 12th at Matsquie Centennial Auditorium, Abbotsford, BC (part of FACE)
Hunt’s, Two Feet and a Heartbeat, will be performed Tuesday May 25th at the Surrey Little Theatre as part of the FVZone Festival. and again on June 12th at 8 PM.
Saturday, December 19th join us for a performance of The Wonderful Miracle of the Sugar Plum Fairy, at Trinity United Memorial, 33737 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford @ 3:30 PM.
This production is a result of the hard work by the Creative Art Play group; Ruby, Silver, Payton, Chelsea, Karyssa, Ginny, Vicky, Geneva, Islay. With special guest appeatrances by Alex and Emily. Santa will make a super special appearance.
New: check it out . . . Gwynne Hunt’s Missing will be performed Sept 19 at 8 PM at the Shadbolt Centre For The Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby and September 26; @ 8 PM, Terry Fox Theatre, 1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam . . .tickets are by-donation at the door. This is the story of Verna Bjerky who went missing from Hope in 1981 . . . missing is not a very safe place to be. Update; The two performances went very well.
October 7, 2009; CAP (Creative Art Place);children’s artistic play (little cap) is offering theatre workshops for kids. All classes in Abbotsford with a final production of Hunt’s new work, The Wonderful Miracle of the Sugar Plum Fairy, December 19th. All students in the class will be cast in the play. Contact us today for an audition time.
**Big changes at The Rag – We have struggled ‘getting the rag out’; with distribution and rising costs and have decided we can get the rag out on-line. Send us your writing; humour, poetry and serious social issues we struggle with as women . . . send us your thoughts.
The Memory March, March 28, 2009 was a wonderful vigil and walk. This was our third annual march from Crab park to Thornton Park. Join us in 2010 on March 29. Has a woman in your family been murdered or is missing? Contact us today. 1-604-859-2407
Silent March is a Voice for Murdered Women
Vancouver, March 23, 2008–Approximately200 women and girls are murdered in Canada each year. Each death is an inexcusable crime, and the death toll destroys the fabric of our society. Activist Gwynne Hunt draws attention to the plight of women and girls by gathering their names and asking individuals to remember, grieve, and work for change. On Sunday, March 23th, starting at 2:30pm in Crab Park, Hunt has organized The Memory March, a silent walk and ceremony in remembrance of murdered and missing women in Canada.
The march will start from the Missing Women*s Memorial in Crab Park at the foot of Main Street, and go to the women*s monument, Marker of Change, in Thornton Park at Main Street and Terminal Avenue. In the circle of Marker of Change, participants will read the names in memory of the women and girls we have lost to violence.
They will also wear the names of the almost 3000 murdered women and children remembered in The List. Mary Billy began the Femicide List. The list contains many of the names of women and children murdered across Canada since then. Gwynne Hunt assumed responsibility for the list since 2005.
There will be a prayer held at Crab Park at the beginning of the walk.
Marchers are encouraged to bring flowers and candles.
The Memory March is sponsored by Art Matters Society, a charitable organization based in Abbotsford, producing the Festival of Artistic Creative Expression. One of the Society*s mandates is to produce shows that help stop violence in the community. Gwynne Hunt is the Artistic Director. Gwynne*s special focus is creating political theatre to help stop violence
against women. In 1981, a fifteen year old family friend, Verna, went missing. She was never found. This tragic experience changed Gwynne*s life.
WHAT: The Memory March
WHEN: March 23, 2008 @ 2:30pm
WHERE: Crab Park, Missing Women*s Memorial, Vancouver, BC
For more information, please contact:
Gwynne Hunt: Phone: 604-859-2407
Contact us for a copy of this article . . .
Play written for murdered women
3,000 women and children killed and missing from across Canada
Raina Delisle, The Province
Published: Friday, June 23, 2006