Writers reflect on War of 1812

Saturday, July 21, 2012 11:11:52 EDT AM

Gore Bay — Two hundred years ago, the residents of North America were caught up in a scattered and often confusing conflict that carried on for three years.

On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain and to this day, observers on both sides of the border have been revisioning and re-imagining all that transpired.

During this bicentennial summer, the Manitoulin Writers’ Circle and the Gore Bay Museum and Heritage Centre are collaborating to interpret and examine some of the characters and issues of the war.

The public is invited to an afternoon of literary readings on Sunday from 1 to 4 in the museum gallery.

Using history as a catalyst for creativity, local writers have produced a series of original compositions. In the new letters, short fiction, scripts, editorials and poetry, the writers have speculated on the experiences and motivations of key participants.

Listeners will have an opportunity to revisit some familiar battle sites and hear the voices of such prominent figures as Sir Isaac Brock and Tecumseh, and other more obscure players.

For more information call 705-282-2040 (museum) or 705-282-1714 (writers’ circle.)

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