Island Studies Conference 2013: West Coast B.C. and beyond

Gloria Filax

Island Studies Conference

Monday, April 8 2013

When: May 10 (evening), May 11 (all day, evening concert), May 12 (all day)

Where: The Haven, Gabriola Island

What: Over 80 presenters, local and away, on a range of fascinating island-related topics: a panel on islands, ‘islandness’ and island studies; a wine and cheese party on Friday evening; a concert to celebrate Gabriola music and musicians; island literature featured at the book table; a reader’s theatre with phenomenal actors and producer; field trips as well as mingling with other passionate islanders who are curious and engaged in sharing what they know about living on islands both here on Gabriola and other islands worldwide.


May 10: Panel discussion on island studies with CBC Radio’s North by Northwest host, Cheryl MacKay, as moderator, followed by a wine and cheese party.

May 11: Starting at 8:30 a.m., concurrent sessions on a variety of island themes. The evening event is a Lulu concert with The Big Fish Orca-stra, created, themed, choreographed and performed by Gabriola’s own musicians especially for the conference. Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the Village Liquor Store or at the door (Phoenix Auditorium). 

May 12: Another full day of concurrent sessions and a final plenary send-off with Charlotte Cameron’s readers’ theatre production of Malcolm Lowry’s October Ferry to Gabriola

Registration fee is $50. Weekend includes refreshments at breaks, your choice of a range of presentations on a variety of topics and a glass of wine and conversation after the Friday evening panel. Meals and Lulu concert are not included. You can bring your own food for meals or register on our website for both meals and the conference. For registration, presenters and conference schedule (subject to change) see the website listed above.