Readings and arts at Woodhaven Eco Centre

Activities include a full line up of readings, talks, music, workshops and visits from notable authors throughout the summer in Kelowna.

  • Jun. 10, 2015 5:00 a.m.

UBC Okanagan’s cabin in the woods is the setting for a summer of readings, writing, and creative moments as the Woodhaven Eco Culture gets set for a busy summer of activities.

UBCO’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies hosts a series of summer events as part of the Woodshed Reading Series, sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts. Activities include readings, talks, music, workshops and visits from notable authors.

Friday, June 12: Fred Stenson, novelist and author of Who by Fire: the story of a southern Alberta farm family suddenly confronted by a dangerous gas plant on their doorstep. As well, Nils Loewen will give a cello performance.

Friday, June 19: Poet Jeff Latosik, author of Tiny, Frantic, Stronger. Latosik won the P.K. Page Founders Award from The Malahat Review. Live music by Natalie Ingram.

Saturday, June 20: Local eco artist Lori Mairs hosts a workshop called One Square Foot. One Square Foot aims to help us “cultivate and enrich the senses, to focus closely on what is in plain sight and ‘see’ the invisible world in the forest.” There is a $40 entrance fee for this all-day event. For more information contact Mairs at

Saturday, June 27: UBC and the Artists for Creative Alliance host Forest Call, an evening of art, elegance and mystery. Entrance fee TBA.

July 5 to 17: Summer writing intensive program, followed by a visual art summer intensive from July 20 to 31. See UBC Okanagan’s FCCS website for details: While these courses are for students of the university, there will be many public presentations by attending authors and artists.

In mid-July, FCCS hosts the second annual Beat Salad, an artistic smorgasbord of poetry, prose, live music and a 100-mile potluck. Participants will bring dishes made from Okanagan ingredients.

Programming continues throughout August, with Sarah De Leeuw and Theresa Kishkan visiting Woodhaven and hosting public readings. Woodhaven will also be the site for several art and drama camps for children during August. Details are at:

People can join the Facebook group, The Woodshed Readings, for detailed information about visiting authors, or check out the blog at for information about all the events planned this summer.

The Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre is at 969 Raymer Rd. in the Lower Mission area of Kelowna.

Unless otherwise noted, Woodshed Readings are free and open to the public and start at 7 p.m.



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