Friday, August 31, 2018
Last month, Guildford Library put on their first Open Mic event!
This all came about due to the success of the Writers’ Group that meets monthly at the Guildford Branch. The group features several folks who have had their books published as well as budding writers who have a wealth of experience to draw upon, including a retired drugs and addiction prison counsellor and a retired poison specialist! The Open Mic night was a perfect venue for these established and up and coming writers to get practice reading to an audience and to showcase their work.
Amongst the eight readers, two of them were teens who had shown up to share some of their own pieces. One teen was a new immigrant from Iraq who had never before read his writing in front of others, marking this as his very first experience doing so! The crowd was supportive and he was proud to have been able to share his story. Another teen shared a poem she had written titled “Alone” which touched upon the very real feelings of loneliness and teen angst she was feeling.
Overall, it was a wonderful evening of prose and poetry!
-Alan Woo, Information and Teen Services Librarian