Gallery Bistro Launches Reading Series

Port Moody’s Gallery Bistro invites you to join them at 7:30pm on this Thursday, November 19, 2015 for a unique writers’ event called Writers in Our Midst. Eight local writers, including singer songwriter Joyelle Brandt, will share their textual work for a book loving audience. This kind of event, featuring local writers to the Tri-Cities public, is long overdue as a number of accomplished, talented writers live in the Tri-Cities but few are as well-known for their written work.

Along with Brandt, Bryan Candy, Nikki Hillman, David Russell, Rosemary Carter, Glynis Whiting, Marilyn Meden and Pandora Ballard will read from work that spans from poetry to murder mystery, personal essay to audience participation improv.

Doors open at 6:30pm for a special set menu dinner ($12 + GST). Reservations are required, please call 604.937.0998. This event is being coordinated by Carol Hamshaw, Marilyn Meden and Helen Daniels. Contact Helen at or Carol at

Curious about the writers being featured? Here are their biographies.

Glynis Whiting

Glynis was honored with the Vancouver Mayor’s Award for Emerging Literary Artist for her first novel, A Nose For Death, and is now working on the second of the Nosey Parker Mysteries. A graduate of the UCLA MFA program in playwriting, her focus, for the past twenty years, has been writing, directing and producing documentary films.

Pandora Ballard

Pandora Ballard was born in England and came to Canada with her family in the 1960’s. Her short stories for children, humorous essays, articles, editorials and poetry have been published in over a dozen magazines and newspapers, as well as in several anthologies. She is a member of Access Copyright, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, the Royal City Literary Arts Society, and Tri-City Wordsmiths.

Rosemary Carter

Rosemary Carter self-published her first book of poems in 2009. Rosemary enjoys reading poetry to a live audience. She sees poetry writing as a great form of heart to heart communication and an effective therapy.

David Russell

David Russell is a freelance writer in Coquitlam. Author of Deadly Lessons, nominated by the Crime Writers of Canada for its Arthur Ellis Awards. Last Dance, the sequel to Deadly Lessons is now in stores. Published in Maclean’s MagazineThe TyeeThe Vancouver Sun, The Vancouver ProvinceThe Victoria Times ColonistThe Coquitlam Now and others.

Bryan Candy

Bryan Candy was born and raised in Abbotsford. After completing a BA in English and Theatre at the University of the Fraser Valley, Bryan taught English in South Korea. He is currently an instructor and events coordinator in Vancouver, BC. He has been fortunate to study under the guidance of Andrea MacPherson, Ian Fenwick, and Dr. Bruce Kirkley.

Joyelle Brandt

Joyelle Brandt is an artsy mama who loves all things creative. She is the author/illustrator of Princess Monsters from A to Z, and an accomplished singer/songwriter and speaker. When she is not busy raising two rambunctious boys, she is most often found playing her guitar or covered in paint at her art desk. Joyelle is currently creating Love Your Body events, retreats and workshops to help women reclaim ownership of their bodies and learn to love their whole selves.

Marilyn Meden

Marilyn lives in Port Moody, though she has spent many summers on the Bruce Peninsula, the setting of her novel Against the Undertow. She writes short stories, poetry, and her eclectic blog at Marilyn has also written talks for a Unitarian Church and for climate change information sessions. Her writing is about truth and connecting.

Nikki Hillman

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