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Ten Cities: The Past Is Present


Poetry London presents

Ten Cities: The Past Is Present
and Regional Poets Showcase

May 23, 2018
7:00 PM

Free Admission

London is featured in Ten Cities: The Past Is Present which is a literary performance event. Artist Wayne Johnston presents writings and drawings that explore the relationship between memory and place. He is revisiting ten sites in ten cities that have had a formative impact on his life. His writing, described as prose poetry, creative non-fiction and postcard stories, seeks to discover the conversations the past can have with the present. Previous presentations have been staged in New York City, Toronto, Accra (Ghana), Geneva (Switzerland) and Zagreb (Croatia).

The Regional Poets Showcase will feature readings by Frank Beltrano, Stan Burfield, Debbie Okun Hill, and Ron Stewart.

Admission is free.
All are welcome.

Comments on Ten Cities: The Past Is Present:

“Wayne Johnston has the ability to keep you on the edge of your seat with his tales of urban scenes.”
– Jim Chan (videographer, New York City)

“It was a hypnotic and profound experience. Each brief story was like a postcard from the past. Difficult memories were treated with the same importance as the more pleasurable moments, making the telling all the more powerful. No judgement – just bearing witness to events that shaped the life of one individual. It left me wanting more.”
– Daniel Lafrance (Graphic Novel Illustrator and Storyboard Artist, Toronto)

“Wayne Johnston’s performance consisted of spoken memory-fragments, grounded in cities of significance to him, presented with illustrations. The memories were sometimes sad, sometimes profound, but regularly lifted by a touch of humour.”
– John Dent (Lawyer, Toronto)

“Wayne hadn’t given a reading, nor had he given a powerpoint presentation of art work. The relevance of that afternoon’s session was in a synthesis of parts: a gestalt. Wayne had given a performance. And it was memorable.”
– Martin Egblewogbe (Ghanaian Author, Accra)

“I love and admire the author’s willingness to stare at his own life and extract events and reactions that we can all relate to.”
– Wayne Jones (Librarian, Ottawa)

“A creative, innovative, and intensely personal way of validating how passing moments and short interactions from one’s life can have such a lasting and powerful impact.”
– Ajay Heble (Author and Director of the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, Guelph)

“It’s brilliant! It’s funny, and sad, and unsettling and surprising. You observe other people and their passions and relationships so well.”
– Robin Bergart (librarian, Guelph)