ONLINE: Eectric Mermaid: Live Reads


Friday, November 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Char's Landing

4815 Argyle Street, Port Alberni


Electric Mermaid: Live Reads from Char's Landing

Emcee: Derek Hanebury  Moderator: Karl Korven  Artistic Director:  Jacqueline Carmichael  

Photographer: Micah Gardener  ZOOM Producer: Charlene Patterson
Spoken Word Open Mic via ZOOM, 3rd Friday of each month, virtual doors open 5:30pm Pacific Time


Port Alberni venue Char’s Landing now plays host to the Zoomed Electric Mermaid

“Since being on Zoom allows us to pull in an audience from anywhere in the world, we’ve been very fortunate to hear from a wider diversity of regions—the island, the mainland and internationally as well.  going global!”



November 20th featuring  Bruce Hornidge ( Alberni  Valley )    Janet V. Miller   (Comox Valley)


Bruce E Hornidge Born 1948 in Ontario to military parents. I went in 1967 to logging at Kennedy Lake Division at Ucluelet BC, to road building 3 years then warehouse for 2 years. I broke in falling trees 1972 to 1998. I endured the Clayoquot Sound anti logging protests of 1993. Due to regulation and costs to log all employees were terminated in 1998. I am writing a book on my career which is to reflect the logging we were trying to accomplish. I will speak of the protests from a logger’s perspective and the resulting trauma of job loss. This is a story not readily known. I am working on a murder novel and war novels. My feature reading will be my visit to the battlefield of Dieppe in 1999. Thankyou.



Janet V. Miller makes her home on Vancouver Island to be close to the ocean. Her children’s book Cross My Heart was published in 2002. Award winning stories of Janet’s have been published in Canadian magazines, newspapers and anthologies and she wins the occasional writing contest. She has attended the Victoria School of Writing, the Denman Island Writing Intensive, and the Sage Hill Writing Experience. The short story collection that she is currently working on recently became a novel.

Before Covid-19 descended upon the world Janet spent time on the South Coast of Nova Scotia and down in Mexico.

She is a long-time member of the Comox Valley Writers Society, the FBCW and TWUC



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READER 01  @ 0:08:10 Pat Buckna

READER 02  @ 0:13:00 Jacqueline Carmichael

FEATURE 01 @ 0:21:04 Bruce Hornidge

FEATURE 02 @  0:38:14 Janet V. Miller

READER 03  @  1:00:55 Jule Briese (raincheck)

READER 04  @ 1:01:15 Joe Lunchbucket

READER 05  @ 1:05:55 Kathleen Vance

READER 06  @ 1:11:05 David Kipling

READER 07  @ 1:21:00 Libbie Morin

READER 08  @ 1:26:45 Vicki Drybrough

READER 09  @ 1:32:49 Christine Lowther (raincheck)

READER 10  @ 1:32:50 Craig Copland 

READER 11  @ 1:39:54 Terri  Petz

READER 12  @ 1:40:07 Desmond

READER 14  @ 1:44:50 Judy  Brooks

READER 15  @ 1:49:12 Don Tecson
READER 00  @ 1:56:45 Derek Hanebury

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Char’s Landing 19+ (accompanied kids welcome) 4815 Argyle @5th Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, CANADA V9Y 1V9 Tel: 778-421-2427

Char's gratefully acknowledges Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia @creativebcs and #amplifybc