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Words Aloud; laughs, music and tears

Words Aloud Friday night

Friday night was an evening of laughs, music and tears as the 14th annual Words Aloud festival, November 3 to 5, got underway.

At the Durham Art Gallery main stage, three poets appearing on stage provided a well rounded selection of styles and performances.

Introductions were made by actor, musician, playwright, improviser, director and producer Steve Morel. Morel has many theatre credits to his name.

West Grey Mayor Kevin Eccles read a poem by Florbela Espanca, a poet from Portugal who was born in 1894 and died in 1930. The book was titled O livro D'el.

Emerging spoken word artists Angeline Shellenberg and Kate Cayley made their debut appearance at the long standing festival. 

Angeline Shellenberg presented touching poems from her fist book, Tell Them it was Mozart. Subject matter included her family, real life and dealing with autism spectrum disorder.

Kate Cayley is a fiction writer, playwright and poet. She lives in Toronto with her partner and their three children and read from her second collection of poetry, Other Houses, which delved into thought provoking ideas and experiences.

Brendan McLeod is a Toronto based musician, novelist and spoken word artist with a long list of credits to her name. This was his second appearance at Words Aloud. McLeod recited his work performed a couple of songs, being joined by Jillian Christmas for one song.

Other Words Aloud performers were Aaron Bushkowsky, Bruce Meyer, Janet Rogers, Sue Sinclair, Marta Singh, Carolyn Smart. In addition to The Durham Art Gallery, the three day festival saw performances and workshops at the Durham Town Hall and the Durham Library.

Words Aloud is made possible through the hard work of Artistic Director Terry Burns as well co-ordinators, volunteers and sponsors. Performances are recorded and may be viewed on the festival's Youtube channel.


kevin eccles speaks at words aloud

Mayor Kevin Eccles speaks about Words Aloud.


Angeline Schellenberg reads from her book

Angeline Schellenberg reads from her book Tell them it was Mozart.


kate cayley on stage

 Kate Cayley on stage reading from her book Other Houses.


Brendan McLeod reciting his work

Brendan McLeod reciting his work from memory.


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Updated March 12, 2020.

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