Presenting the Parliamentary Poet

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Fred Wah

There’s a new poet laureate in Parliament, and it’s self-described “Kootenay boy” Fred Wah.

As part of a special tour co-lead by the Foundation, the “Kootenay boy” is visiting schools in Perth and Huron counties and making a couple of evening presentations in communities.

The public events will take place at Waterloo Stratford Campus on Wed., Oct. 24 at 7pm and at Queen’s Bakery in Blyth on Thurs., Oct 25 at 7:30. Its theme is ‘Readings and discussions about Canadian poetry, creativity and where it all fits in our everyday life.’

Wah’s been “doing” poetry for more than 50 years, but it was never an obvious career choice. Wah studied music and played jazz, and became involved in the avant garde scene in Vancouver in the ’60s. Somewhere along the way, he was bitten by the poetry bug, and never looked back.

The tour is spearheaded by the Foundation for Education and the Huron Arts and Heritage Network with support from partners like the Stratford Waterloo Campus and the Stratford Public Library.

To register for the evening events in Stratford and Blyth, contact Laurel Armstrong at 519-524-1156 or email

Please click here for more information on Wah.

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