Cull underway for entrants into April Rabbit

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CORNER BROOK  Stephan Walke is hoping to get snared to read some of his work as part of April Rabbit’s cull.

Stephan Walke is one of the local writers hoping to have his name drawn to participate in this year’s April Rabbit.

The Corner Brook literary event is accepting submissions from writers until Friday, after which names will be publicly drawn through a lottery to determine this year’s lineup.

Walke, a Paisley, Ont., native, was introduced to the event last year as a first-time participant. He enjoyed the format and opportunity so much, he is eagerly hoping for another chance to read some of his writing to the local audience.

“You just sort of realize the variety of talent that is around,” he said. “Overall, it was just a really good feeling to put your work out there. It was a good and supportive crowd.”

Regardless of whether his name is snared from the list of submissions, the third-year resource management student at Memorial University, Grenfell Campus claims he will be participating in the event as a spectator.

“Either way, I’m just excited to see what other people are going to be doing there,” he said.

Walke said the lottery to select the participants is a better format than the first come, first serve option of previous years. He feels it opens the opportunity to a wider range of writers.

The university student said he did a bit of writing prior to coming to Corner Brook, but grew more interested following a creative writing course he took at Grenfell. He has now taken a number of writing and literature courses, and has caught the writing bug.

During last year’s event, he performed a spoken word piece of about four minutes long  — the typical length of time allotted to participants. Others read their original poetry, fiction, music and other genres that fit the event’s format.

This will be the 15th annual April Rabbit, an event that was patterned after The March Hare.

Walke said the event fosters local talent, and feels there is a strong writing community here.

“It encourages and pushes people to bring their creativity out,” he said. “There are a lot of people that have amazing talent and it never gets shown because they don’t have an avenue or the support. I feel that support is here, and this event definitely spurs that.”

Submissions for this year’s April Rabbit are due Friday. People interested can send their names and full contact information to duggo82@gmail.com.

For further information, contact Douglas Walbourne-Gough via email at duggo82@gmail.com, Stephanie McKenzie: smckenzi@grenfell.mun.ca, or Helen Reid: hreid@grenfell.mun.ca.

churley@thewesternstar.com

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Geographic location: Corner Brook, Paisley

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