Neil Garvie will be the featured reader at the Red Tree Reading Series, Sunday, September 15th, 2019, at the Abbey, 2689 Penrith Avenue, Cumberland, B.C. Doors open at 6:30. Join us for open mic, starting at 7 p.m. Come early to sign up. Suggested donation, $5.00. No-one turned away for lack of funds.
Here is Neil Garvie as few have seen him. See no evil, hear no evil, say no evil. Well, almost no evil, anyway. Neil, once a school principal was known in his prime as a bit of a clown and a practical joker — a popular combination with the kids.
Unfortunately due to Vascular Parkinsonism, Neil had to leave work. Now without his signature grin, store clerks misread his expressionless demeanor as being cranky. But don’t worry, folks, he’s smiling on the inside.
Neil has a PhD in curriculum theory. In an earlier life, he wrote curriculum, educational research papers, as well as social and environmental articles.
Neil’s most recent book of poetry is Silence Craves a Voice with Poplar Publishing. Previous published books of poetry are School on the Hill and Wakonda Tales (co-authored). Neil’s poems can also be found in various anthologies and magazines i.e. Ascent Aspirations, Living Sky, Canadian Stories, Transition, and Island Writer.
Neil will read selections from Silence Craves a Voice, its sequel Mother Nature Eats Her Kind, as well as a few edgier pieces (some funny, some sad) from his most recent chapbook efforts: Off the Wall, Jigsaw, People of the Twilight, Northern Resentment, and A Room Full of Angry Women. Neil’s work will cause you to smile, or at least leave you with something new to ponder.
Neil and wife Carol have six children, and together Gramma and Grampa Garvie have no less than 18 grandchildren.