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My first collection of poetry, Float and Scurry, has  been released and is available for purchase.  For more details re: launch event particulars see below.

Upcoming Events/READINGS

St Clair/Silverthorne Library

Tuesday February 11, 7 pmBoneshaker Reading Series

St. Clair/Silverthorn Library, 1748 St. Clair Ave. W,
TORONTO

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Library/Boneshaker-Reading-Series-267829029907961/

KFB-readingEvents

Thursday February 13th, 7 pm  – Reading Event

Reading with Ayaz Pirani and Ayesha Chatterjee
Knife Fork Book
Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street
Lit Live

Sunday March 1, 7:30 pmLit Live

The Staircase Theatre​, 27 Dundurn St. N.,
HAMILTON

http://litlive.blogspot.com/

Past Events/READINGS

Pivot Reading Series

Thursday December 5Pivot Reading Series

Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave., TORONTO
7:15 pm
https://www.facebook.com/pg/pivotreadings/events/

CarletonTavern

Friday  November 22 - The Factory Reading Series pre-small press book fair reading: Birrell, Blouin, Colistro + Earl,

https://abovegroundpress.blogspot.com/2019/11
span-o (the small press action network - ottawa) presents:

The Factory Reading Series
Pre-small press book fair reading celebrating 25 years of the ottawa small press book fair
featuring readings by:

Heather Birrell (Toronto)
Michael Blouin (Kemptville)
Vincent Colistro (Toronto)
+ Amanda Earl (Ottawa)

lovingly hosted as part of a rare public appearance by poet, provocateur and accidental recluse, Rob Mclennan
WHEN: Friday, November 22, 2019;
doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm
WHERE: The Carleton Tavern,
223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs)
Ottawa, Ontario
 
Frontier College Toronto

Sunday November 10Float and Scurry Launch

The event will be hosted by Stuart Ross, who was a fabulous, gentle mentor through this process, and I will be joined by fellow poets Andrea Thompson and Steve Venright. We will also have a couple of amazing musical guests, drinks and nibbles, and, of course, books for sale!

Here are the particulars:
 
WHEN: Sunday November 10, 6-9:30 pm
WHERE: Frontier College, 35 Jackes Ave. (St. Clair subway stop, wheelchair accessible)
WHAT: Readings and Music, all for FREE (but we suggest a donation to support Frontier College, a charity that does amazing literacy work!)
 

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CBC Books·Fall Book Preview
23 collections of Canadian poetry to watch for this fall

Heather Birrell's ambitions are thrown off by the surreal arrival of characters like Mr. T, Joni Mitchell, Fidel Castro and her mother in Float and Scurry, her debut poetry collection. The book explores the pursuit of writing, libraries, well-meaning friends and family and the death of the planet with humour and heart.

https://www.cbc.ca/books/float-and-scurry-1.5237632

awards

My poem “Snow Day Poem” won the hearts of readers to earn the Readers’ Choice award in Arc Magazine’s poem of the year!

http://arcpoetry.ca/2019/08/20/summer-2019/

Recently Published

Teacher, poet Heather Birrell: York Memorial fire destroyed books, sparked appreciation...

I recently wrote about the importance of physical books – and how the loss of many of those books in a school fire affected me and my students. You can find my thoughts here:

https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2019/06/14/teacher-poet-heather-birrell-york-memorial-fire-destroyed-books-sparked-appreciation.html

RECENT workshops

Back to School Yoga & Writing Retreat In Prince Edward County:
September 27-29th, 2019

I will be co-teaching a yoga and writing retreat with my sister Julie Birrell in September in beautiful Prince Edward County. Come join us – and learn more about my teaching philosophy.

"The Birrell sisters believe in making time and space for our messy, mysterious, creative selves. Come experience a weekend free of city noise, inhibition, and distraction. We'll eat great food, stretch our bodies, and stretch our writing muscles too.

This just might be the school of your dreams!"

https://sites.google.com/view/easydoesityoga