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The Fish Quill Poetry Boat Tour Visits Cambridge

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Wednesday, June 19, 2023 - 7:00pm


Wired Up Pugs Cafe-Bistro
93 Grand South
Cambridge, ON
N1S 2L7


It's that time again for the Fish Quill Poetry Boat to tour the Grand River giving poetry readings and musical performances! This year's lineup includes poets Linda Besner, Leigh Kotsilidis, David Seymour, Gillian Savigny and Stewart Cole, as well as musician Grey Kingdom.

See poetry readings and musical performances in Cambridge.
w/ special guests: rare Charitable Research Reserve, Cambridge Public Library Poetry Contest Winner Rebecca Sibley & others! Door Prizes!
Tickets $10 in advance or at the door! Includes a coffee or tea. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Canadian Humane Society.

Stewart Cole is the author of Questions in Bed (Goose Lane Editions/Ice House Poetry, 2012). His poetry and criticism have appeared in a variety of publications across Canada, and he reviews one book of Canadian poetry monthly on his blog The Urge ( He lives in London, Ontario.

Originally from Vancouver, Gillian Savigny has studied and worked in cities across Canada. She holds a B.A. honours degree in English Literature from Queen’s University and an M.A. degree in Creative Writing from Concordia University. Her first collection of poems Notebook M (Insomniac, 2012) has been shortlisted for the 2013 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She lives in Toronto.

David Seymour's Inter Alia was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. His poems have been included in three Best Canadian Poetry anthologies, shortlisted for the CBC Literary Award and used as song lyrics for The Warped 45's. David lives in Toronto, where he works in the film industry.

Linda Besner is originally from Wakefield, Quebec. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in The Walrus, Maisonneuve, and The Malahat Review among other journals. Her radio work has aired on CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera, Outfront, and The Next Chapter. Her first collection of poetry, The Id Kid, was published in 2011 by Véhicule Press, and was named as one of The National Post’s Best Poetry Books of the Year. She lives in Toronto.

Leigh Kotsilidis grew up in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Her poems have appeared in several literary journals and Canadian anthologies. In 2009 and 2010 she was selected as a finalist for the CBC Literary Awards. She is also co-founder of little?shcartpress. Hypotheticals, her first full length poetry collection, was published by Coach House books in the Fall of 2011. She currently lives in Montreal where she works as a freelance graphic designer.

Consider the tales of Spencer Burton, who feels, writes, and sings under the moniker of Grey Kingdom. Born in Hamilton, ON, raised miles away in Kelowna, BC with a hankering for travel, eating pie, and hunting for edible mushrooms, Burton’s upbringings are as sincere as his demeanor. Teenage years of strumming in the Welland, ON music scene would blossom his twenty-somethings into constant road mileage playing in the critically lauded Attack In Black. Cities upon cities, always moving, writing, performing, Burton’s experiences were absorbed along the way. Sometimes shrewd, often reflective, his occurrences had callused into their own mass. Grey Kingdom is the release of it all. Unabridged and heartfelt as ever, Burton found himself using this project as a medium for storytelling – a guiding light to his innermost sincerities.

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