Thursday June 25, 2015

Unlikely artists are given a voice with music in UBC project

Composer Lucas Oikle & poet Joe Henry. They are part of a unique project in Vancouver where amateur writers from the city's Downtown Eastside are paired with classical composers.

Composer Lucas Oikle & poet Joe Henry. They are part of a unique project in Vancouver where amateur writers from the city's Downtown Eastside are paired with classical composers. (Pamela Post/CBC)

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"I was in the joint and I was bored and decided to start a newspaper... they didn't like that too much." - Joe Henry


For years, Thursdays have held special measing for a small group of amateur writers in Vancouver. Once a week in the afternoon they gather to hone their craft.

Many have had no education... no formal training... no audience. That is... until they became part of a unique collaborative experiment with trained musicians from the University of British Columbia. A project designed to give - perhaps unlikely artists - a voice. 

Vancouver journalist Pamela Post's documentary is called "Interval."

​The Thursdays Writing Collective raised money to publish a book of poetry along with the musical scores by the composers. It is called the Voice to Voice Anthology. 


This documentary was produced by Pamela Post and Joan Webber.