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Writers Gather at Cooked & Eaten
May 5, 2007

Michelle Berry and Julie Fong BatesA crowd of over fifty people gathered at Scott House, Traill College on April 30 to hear from nine Trent writers and storytellers during "An Evening of Stories", presented by the Cooked & Eaten.

All readings were by students and instructors of Trent University’s Creative Writing Program and included authors Michelle Berry and Judy Fong Bates.

Student Laura Rock began the evening with a story about a young American border guard caught in conflicts arising from his untested ideals. The ensuing writers, Cheryl Runke, Michelle Berry, Karen Lander, John Hobson, Julie Johnston, Richa Khandelwal Bhat, Christine Greatrix and Judy Fong Bates took the audience for one journey after another throughout the evening. Covering all topics from love, family, heartbreak and compassion, the stories and poems were read with great feeling.

"When you show interest yourself in the book being read even to the point of using voices to distinguish speakers, the group is never ready for the reading to end," said a Cooked & Eaten regular.

The Cooked & Eaten was founded by Esther Vincent in 2000 after an event held by the local chapter of the Playwrights Guild of Canada revealed a desire on the part of regional writers to find a way to reliably exchange their work with each other and to expose their work to public attention and criticism. Since then the series has grown to include writers from all over Ontario, Quebec and the rest of Canada while continuing to support local writers and the regional writing community.

This event, the first collaboration between The Cooked & Eaten and the Creative Writing Certificate program, seemed a natural one and is sure to become a regular event for years to come. Watch for information on next year’s event!

To find out more about The Cooked & Eaten visit their website.

For more information about Trent’s Creative Writing Program and current course offerings visit the website.

Photo caption: Michelle Berry and Julie Fong Bates