This Wednesday night, local writers will come together to pay tribute to acclaimed St. John’s writer Helen Fogwill Porter, best known for her novel, January, February, June or July, which tackled abortion while it was still taboo.
Porter has been writing about life on the streets of St. John’s with empathy, humour, and candour for over sixty 60 years, and on October 8th, eight local writers and a band will celebrate a small sample of this author-activist-feminist-librarian’s poems, music, drama, fiction, and non-fiction.
In addition to her four novels, dozens of short stories, poems, songs, and her work as a critic and journalist, Porter is a founding member of the Newfoundland Writers’ Guild, and is credited with bringing MetroVerse to St. John’s (The billboard-style poems on display in Metrobuses in the city). She’s also won a whopping 15 NL Arts & Letters awards.
Performers will include: Ed Kavanagh, Kevin Major, Georgina Queller, Bernice Morgan, Ruth Lawrence, Monica Walsh, Trudy Morgan Cole, with Allan Byrne and Holly Hogan of The Blue Drop, and Lisa Moore as master of ceremonies.
The event will take place on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7:00 pm, at the AC Hunter Library, Allandale Road, St. John’s. Admission is free.