Creative juices flowing in QuaranZine

by Gayle Wilson

  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>A submission to the Art in our Time of Isolation by author Jan Coates.</p>
  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>Pen and ink entitled Venom Spiderman by Justin Moore.</p>
  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>Roger Savage of Liverpool submitted<em> </em>Healthy Easter.</p>

South Shore Public Libraries and Nevermore Press are looking to draw upon untapped creative juices that have been swirling in the community amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The library organization is inviting submissions of literary and visual art to a new section of its Community Collections website called LQ QuaranZine. While the Lunenburg-based publishing company in turn has plans to compile the submissions into a book.

"We thought it would be really interesting to see, you know, what people are doing, while they're home, while they're locked in," Christina Pottie, South Shore Public Libraries' community engagement lead, told LighthouseNOW.

"Creativity during this time of isolation has really been just flowering everywhere and we want people to share that stuff with us," she said.

Launched on social media April 29, the campaign had attracted about 25 submissions by early June. The most recent of these included the poem, Hope, by Alnoor Rajan Talwar, a satirical report by Bryn Pottie called Dispatch from the Front Lines, an article by writer Lori Weber, Dreaming of Blomidon, and romance reflections in Love in the Time of COVID, by Bob Bent.

There's also a section for Art in the Time of Isolation, which included works by Roger Savage, the author Jan Coates, and Darlene Awalt.

One creative cook had submitted a recipe.

"It's about the written word more than the art, but we encourage the art as well," explained Pottie.

"That's what we're about at the library. We tell stories, we hear stories and we want to collect those stories from people. she added.

The campaign is open to a variety of creative endeavours, including essays, poetry, fiction, Top Ten lists, reviews of 3000 words or less, art, video, comics, photos and recipes.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to July 1.

Those wishing to contribute a creative piece can do so by going to: https://www.southshorepubliclibraries.ca/quaranzine/

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