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Word Fest London

CBC Afternoon Drive, October 2014

Interview with Words Fest organizer Joshua Lambier. Listen Here


Organizers look to build on Words fest’s initial success

By James Reaney, The London Free Press Monday, October 27, 2014

saccoThe word on the first Words fest is good. Hundreds of Londoners took in readings, interviews and other fest events at such venues as the London Public Library’s Central library, Museum London, Dundas St. and Covent Garden Market. The fest ended Sunday night. Read more.


First edition of festival getting the Words out

By Adela Talbot, Western News, October 23, 2014

wordsThe tapestry of London’s loosely knit creative communities is about to get tighter, thanks to Words, a new literary and creative arts festival.

Set to take place this weekend in the Forest City, the festival aims to use the written and spoken word as a hub for creativity in the region, said Joshua Lambier, a PhD candidate in the Department of English and Writing Studies and founding director of the Public Humanities at Western. Read more


Celebrating the talents of those who excel with words

by Sean Meyer, London Community News, October 22, 2014.

lambierFor as long as there have been words there have been people who have taken the time to craft them into brilliant stories, poems, songs, even cartoons to help spread their ideas.That tradition of passionate writers is alive and well in a London that has a strong literary community, albeit one that — ironically — doesn’t always take the time to celebrate itself. Read more


Self-publishing risks and rewards explored

By Joe Belanger, The London Free Press, Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

cavanaghLondon writer Paul Cavanagh is going it alone this time around.

The author of the critically acclaimed novel After Helen — which led to his win of the inaugural Lit Idol at the London International Book Fair in 2004 — will share his experience of having a traditional publisher before turning to self-publishing at this weekend’s Words: The Literary and Creative Arts Festival. Read more


London-born doctor, author Vincent Lam searches for stories inside sickness

By Joe Belanger, The London Free Press, Wednesday, October 22, 2014

lamWhen someone first uttered the old adage that variety is the spice of life, they could have had Dr. Vincent Lam in mind.

He’s a medical doctor by trade with expertise in addictions, experience in international air evacuation and expedition medicine on Arctic and Antarctic ships.

He’s an author of books such as Bloodletting and other Miraculous Cures (which won the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize) and The Flu Pandemic and You, not to mention a biography of the CBC’s Greatest Canadian, the late NDP leader and renowned socialist, Tommy Douglas.

It’s clear Lam takes living seriously. Read more


WORDS play

By James Reaney, The London Free Press, Thursday, October 16, 2014

wordsThree local heroes who will grace the first Words fest muse and enthuse about its importance to London. Read more


Bringing the Humanities to the community

Top Story ImageIn the darkness of Conron Hall, Larry Towell, an acclaimed war photographer, picks sombrely at an acoustic guitar while strains of harmonica from virtuoso Mike Stevens float across Towell’s folk song. Read more


SASAH students visit Western Indigenous Services

groupOn Thursday, January 23rd, SASAH students visited Western Indigenous Services where they were treated to a traditional meal and singing/drumming performance. This event was part of a Fourth-Hour Session called "Nurturing Students' Gifts: Wholistic Approaches to Indigenous Learning" (attended by Dr. Kelly Olson and over 20 SASAH students). This particular session was co-presented by Candace Brunette, Coordinator of Indigenous Services, and Joel Burton of the Public Humanities at Western.


Portrait of the poet as an experimenter

poetrySara Mai Chitty, Western Gazette, November 19, 2013

The Public Humanities program at Western are presenting PoetryLab tonight in Conron Hall, a diverse and dynamic reading of poetry in a form that promises to be unlike any traditional means of the experience encountered before. Philip Glennie, program co-coordinator of the event, is excited for the poets and the audience to be a part of something he believes might be more than a ripple in the Canadian poetry scene. Read more


Engage Western helps put wheels in motion

logoBy Paul Mayne, Western News, November 7, 2013
With the opportunity to highlight the important ties made between an educational institution and its local community, last week’s Engage Western event was also an opportunity to advocate ways to strengthen these partnerships. Read more


London, Western 'Engage' overtown-gown relations

logoBy Paul Mayne, Western News, November 7, 2013
Is Western engaged in the community? Does the university create positive social change? If so, how are these impacts measured and where is there room for improvement?Answers to these and other questions are expected to be addressed Thursday, Nov. 14, as Engage Western brings together campus representatives, community members and special guests to share perspectives and stories about the ways academic institutions partner with their communities to mobilize knowledge, create social change and acknowledge the role of the university in public life. Read more


Free concert a poetic exploration of Blood in the Soil

towellInternationally acclaimed photographer Larry Towell and harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens will perform in a free concert at Western University’s Conron Hall. On Tuesday, Towell and Stevens will perform Blood in the Soil, featuring photographs and video complemented with original music, poetry and field recordings. Read more


Lambier: Offering up a 'Blueprint' for community engagement

blueprintBy Joshua Lambier, for Western News, February 28, 2013 What roles do community engagement and public scholarship play at Western as it renews its Strategic Plan? During a time of change and crisis in higher education, what does it mean for an international research university to reimagine its civic commitment, and to explore new spaces of engagement at the student, faculty and institutional levels? How do we cultivate a student experience that fosters global thinking, while also promoting programs and partnerships that feature community-based learning and research that are mutually beneficial to Western and its publics? Read More