VIU students launch free literary magazine

By contributor Antony Stevens Nanaimo’s first literary magazine, text, launched for free earlier this month at the Vault Café. Focusing on the “concise and eclectic,” the 32-page debut issue features “brief poetry” from local writers, including David Fraser, Kim Clark, and Mary Anne Moore, as well as “found poetry” and art from 17 other contributors. … Continued

Mobilizing the March for the Climate

Contributor Chantelle Spicer shows Nanaimo’s broader vision of sustainability. Sustainability is a real buzzword right now, flying around many communities, industries, and our own university. It touches everyday life when we look at waste reduction, housing, and timber. It is at the heart of many movements, including one that happened recently in our own city. … Continued

A Journey through Word Vancouver

Contributor Philip Gordon gives us an unconventional walk through Word Vancouver September 28, 5:45 am; Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, Nanaimo. My friend, Antony Stevens (The Navigator’s web content editor), and I just paid the cab driver who dropped us off, the first face in our long day’s journey through Word Vancouver, Western Canada’s largest celebration … Continued

Could VIU be Sweatshop Free?

Alexandria Stuart looks at VIU Student Union’s anti-sweatshop campaign. Raveena, 17, wakes early in a small room surrounded by her parents, grandmother, and three brothers sleeping on thin mats. The family stirs around her as she moves to the kitchen before it gets too crowded, splashes her face with water from a bowl, and grabs a … Continued

BC Teachers Take Fight to the Tabletop

By contributor Drew McLachlan Two BC teachers are asking frustrated students, parents, and teachers to roll the dice to decide the fate of our province’s public school system with their new board game Christy’s World. Told from the view of two disgruntled teaches, Christy’s World puts players in the role of the BC Premier as she races … Continued

VIU’s Kathy Page Nominated for Giller Prize

By contributor Drew McLachlan The longlist of nominees for the Scotiabank Giller Prize was revealed earlier this month, and among the 12 books under consideration this year is Paradise and Elsewhere, a short story collection by VIU creative writing professor Kathy Page. “A collection of dark fables at once familiar and entirely strange.” Released in … Continued

The Fringe Mini Reviews

For two weeks in the middle of August, the arts scene in Nanaimo breathed and pulsed with the fourth annual Fringe, the independent theatre festival which brought together international and local artists, musicians, and theatre enthusiasts. With eight plays, 48 shows, and 30 non-theatre performances in three venues, the festival attracted over 1000 visitors, marking … Continued

The Fringe Experience

Contributing Editor Jennifer Garceau gives us insight into the 2014 Nanaimo Fringe festival. For more On The Fringe, check out our mini-reviews, and our interview with Festival Producer Chelsee Damen.  An evening of work can be unpredictable at a café in downtown Nanaimo with a liquor license. There’s a mix of artists, working class, upper … Continued

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