English Lecture Series

Book Launch and Reading: Hannah Jenkins, The Birds Come Back in the Spring

The Grenfell English Reading and Lecture Series is proud to present a book launch and reading by Hannah Jenkins, a graduating Grenfell English Student. The launch will take place on Wednesday, May 18th at the Grenfell Art Gallery. The Birds Come Back in Spring is published by Engen Books and can be ordered here, or purchased in person at the launch. Coffee and treats will be provided and the event is free and open to all.


The Grenfell English Reading and Lecture Series Presents:

Andreae Callanan reading from her acclaimed book of poems The Debt.

  • Attend in person on Thursday, March 10th at 10am (email abeardsworth@grenfell.mun.ca for the webex link) Or
  • View on Facebook Live, Friday March 11th at 7pm

Andreae Callanan is a doctoral candidate at Memorial University, a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholar, and a Vanier Canada scholar. Her debut poetry collection The Debt (Biblioasis 2021) was hailed by the Toronto Star as “crisp, forthright, and imbued with the music in commonplace language.” Andreae is poetry editor of the peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal Janus Unbound: Journal of Critical Studies, and she teaches poetry at Memorial whenever she’s given the chance. She lives in St. John’s with her husband Mark and their children. You can learn more about Andreae’s creative and academic work at andreaecallanan.ca.


Winter 2022 Grenfell English Reading & Lecture Series

  1. 27, 2022, 10-11:15 a.m. via WebEx

boom time. jfifWriter Lindsay Bird will read from her work Boom Time, followed by a discussion and writing workshop. Lindsay Bird is a writer, journalist and documentarian. Her first collection, Boom Time (Gaspereau Press) was shortlisted for the NL Book Awards and the ReLit Award. Her poetry has appeared in many Canadian literary journals, including The Fiddlehead, Riddle Fence and Event. She lives in Corner Brook, NL, with her family, chickens, and bees.

To obtain WebEx link, contact sg0721@mun.ca.


Fall 2021 Grenfell English Reading & Lecture Series AND Asian Film Festival

Grenfell English Reading and Lecture Series

Saturday, Oct 2: Grenfell Campus, Arts and Science Building, AS2026, 8-9:30 p.m. 

(available on Facebook Live)Sijo (traditional Korean poetry) – Workshop and poetry reading by Loren Goodman


Wednesday, Nov. 3: Grenfell Art Gallery, 7-8:30 p.m.

(available on Facebook Live)

Screening of "TRUE NORTH: Paul Mulrooney's Irish-Canadian Adventures in Super 8" and lecture and talk with Director/Producer Deirdre Mulrooney


Monday, Nov. 15: Grenfell Campus, Arts and Science Building, AS2026, 6-9 p.m.

(available on Facebook Live)

Author Genki Ferguson will read from his work Satellite Love followed by panel discussion


Grenfell English Department Asian Film Festival

Monday, Oct. 4, 6-10 PM


Introduction and talk by Bruce Allen

“Toward the Paradise of Flowers” is a documentary film about the life and work of the Japanese writer Ishimure Michiko. In it she discusses the important themes of her work; interweaving reflections on her literature and social activism, touching on her work with Minamata Disease victims, environmental crises, and the loss of local customs, culture, and language, as well as the possibilities for renewal, reconciliation, and hope. The film was directed and filmed, and its music written by Kin Taii in 2013. English translation by Bruce Allen.


Tuesday, Oct. 5, 7-930 PM


Introduction and Q&A with Bruce Allen

The documentary film “Lost Manchurian Shamans” is “a story of the skies and heavens—in search of the lost homeland and shamans of the Manchurian people.” It presents the threatened world of “samans” (the shamans of Manchuria), the Manchurian language, and Manchurian culture. It is a visual and poetic presentation of the sounds, music, ceremonies, and culture of Manchurian tribes, capturing the still-surviving presence of Manchuria’s shamans. Direction, filming and music by Kin Taii, 2015. English translation by Bruce Allen.


Monday, Oct. 18, 6-8 PM


Followed by discussion

A baker's (Masatoshi Nagase) business takes off when he hires an eccentric 76-year-old woman (Kirin Kiki) who specializes in making dorayaki pancakes.

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Original Language: Japanese

Director: Naomi Kawase

Producer: Masa Sawada, Koichiro Fukushima, Yoshito Oyama

Writer: Naomi Kawase


Monday, Oct.  25, 5-9 PM


Panel of student talks


Saturday, Oct. 30, 6-10 PM


Introduction and talk, Johnathan Pope

The crew of a horror web series travels to an abandoned asylum for a live broadcast. It soon encounters much more than expected as it moves deeper inside the nightmarish old building.

Genre: Horror, Mystery & Thriller

Original Language: Korean

Director: Jeong Beom-sik

Producer: Kim Wonguk


Monday, Nov. 1, 6-10 PM


Papers by Rainer Baehre, Adam Beardsworth and Shoshannah Ganz

The lingering effects of the March 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disasters are captured by filmmaker Christopher Noland---an American living and working in Tokyo during the catastrophic events, who volunteered for the cleanup in Northeastern Japan, documenting true stories from those affected by the disaster.

A man turned volunteer, human rights activist, and powerful advocate, he courageously risked his safety and health to volunteer in the most disaster affected regions. Christopher is a first time writer, director and filmmaker who had the courage to set out on a search for answers most would never ask. What he got was more than he ever set out for, including a soundtrack contribution of "Kurushi" by Yoko Ono.


Saturday, Nov. 6, 1-3 PM


Discussion for children led by Tom Halford and daughter Violet

This acclaimed animated tale by director Hayao Miyazaki follows schoolgirl Satsuke and her younger sister, Mei, as they settle into an old country house with their father and wait for their mother to recover from an illness in an area hospital. As the sisters explore their new home, they encounter and befriend playful spirits in their house and the nearby forest, most notably the massive cuddly creature known as Totoro.

Rating: G

Genre: Anime, Fantasy

Original Language: Japanese

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki