A re-enactment of the Flight of the Royal George will be taking place at Kingston and Bath this weekend. The Royal George was a Kingston-built British warship that was pursued and attacked by an American naval squadron in Kingston harbour near the beginning of the war of 1812.
The event will feature five tall ships, 10 gunboats and 24-re-enactment regiments — from Ontario, Quebec and Kentucky — that will set up camps in Bath and Fort Henry.
For more info: http://celebrate1812.ca/events/flight-of-the-royal-george
Working on a novel set in Kingston between 1820 and 1840, provisionally entitled The Old King’s Head, the name of a tavern from the era.
One tavern among very many.
78 taverns in 1812, servicing a population of 2250 and 1500 soldiers. In 1842 Montreal with a population of 45 000 had 220 licensed premises. Kingston, with less than a quarter of the population (8-9000) had more than half that many (136).
Apparently Kingston is still a hospitality centre, with one of the highest restaurants per capita of any city in Canada.
I’m working on a poem right now that takes these two epigraphs as a starting point:
Though we cease as we now are, what we are never ceases.
- Paragraph 22, Chapter 1, Book 14, The Good Book.
I am an acme of things accomplished, and I am an encloser of things to be.
- Song of Myself, #44, Walt Whitman
I find both of these lines so compelling. I hope to have something finished that I can submit to the new Hidden Brook anthology: That Not Forgotten.
My short story Truth appears in the newly published “QuArc Issue“, a special, combined edition of The New Quarterly and Arc Poetry Magazine. The New Quarterly asked for “particle fictions”, short stories that take as their title and/or theme one of the fanciful names given by scientists to the six types of quarks: Charm, Strange, Up, Down, Truth, and Beauty.
While I strongly recommend anyone who is interested to pick up a copy of this excellent magazine or better yet to take out a subscription, some pieces, including Truth, are available for reading online.
For those of you who missed the Last Stoic book launch at the Queen’s University Grad Club, the reading will be replayed this coming Friday, from 4-6pm, on CFRC 101.9fm’s “finding a voice”. Tara Kainer, Diane Dawber, and myself (all from the HBP North Shore Series Book Launch at the grad club earlier this month) in the first hour, and Susan Olding from the May Thrive Reading series in the second hour.
Recordings or readings can also be heard online through live or archived feed at www.cfrc.ca
A short pastiche – bringing together the top stories of 2010.
Just about the polar opposite of Orange.