SATURDAY, 27 APril 2024  |  DOORS AT 14:30, Words and MUSIC FROM 15:00

By Heart is a poetry recital, hosted by writers Rachel Rose and Aislinn Hunter, followed by a musical performance from from singer/songwriter Molly Annelle. Who will recite? You can! Or not. Here’s the scoop:

About the Recital
Calling all Vancouver Poetry Lovers to the By Heart poetry recital.

The program, hosted by novelist and poet Aislinn Hunter, is comprised of four-minute recitals of poem by a published poet (not themselves) written prior to the year 2000. Poems can be recited in English and in the poet’s original language (or just in English if you are mono-lingual).  It is fine to recite in pairs if one of you memorizes the poem in its original language and the other in English. 

If you would like to recite, contact Rachel Rose in advance of the event.

As with all Notional Space activities, this is an all-ages event. Some of the participants will be students from VISST High School.

About Aislinn
Aislinn Hunter is an award-winning novelist and poet and the author of seven highly acclaimed books including the novel ‘The World Before Us’ – a NYT Editor’s Choice book, a Guardian and NPR Book the Year, and winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her work has been adapted into music, dance, art, and film forms ­– including a feature film based on her novel ‘Stay’ which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Hunter holds degrees in Creative Writing, Art History, Writing and Cultural Politics and English Literature. In 2018 she served as a Canadian War Artist working with Canadian and NATO forces at CFB Suffield. She teaches creative writing part-time and lives in Vancouver, BC.

About Molly
Thanks to a distinctive flair for bending language to fit melody, the young musician is ready to take the world by storm — combining the essence of R&B jams, Bossa Nova bops  and Yé Yé girl pop – resulting in a tone all her own.

“I like to describe my sound as dreamy R&B music, with a little bit of an edge to it,” she explains, adding that all genres of music have played a pivotal role in her growth as a musician. Her eclectic taste is evident in the subtle samba sounds that fuse effortlessly with 1960’s European pop nuances – all of which pepper her 2021 album, Elevator Music

Molly’s journey is one that began at the tender age of five, when the Vancouver-based songstress penned her very first song — the uncannily entitled Obscure Bird. Four years later, at just nine-years-old, she was named Young Composer of the Year, writing four-part harmonies for the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Encouraged by family and teachers alike, the young musician found her voice in the kind of honest lyricism and devoted storytelling which has continued to set her apart.