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Waste Ground

Waste Ground: Bringing poetry & wood engravings together

The Book Arts Association of Newfoundland and Labrador is delighted to join with MUN Botanical Garden to host a joint-presentation by renowned wood engraver Abigail Rorer and acclaimed poet Mary Dalton as part of the Garden’s Twilight Tuesday series.

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Cost: Included with Botanical Garden Admission Fee
(Free for MUN students and FOG members).
Location: MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Road

Mary Dalton will give a brief reading from her manuscript entitled “Waste Ground,” which features poems about local, often underappreciated, plants.

Abigail Rorer will speak about her work creating intricate, and sometimes cheeky, wood engravings of a range of flora and fauna. Rorer will be creating illustrations to accompany Dalton’s poems for a forthcoming publication.

Twilight Tuesdays: MUN Botanical Garden’s flower gardens and nature trails will be open every Tuesday evening until 8 pm, July - August. Admission fees apply.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the League of Canadian Poets. For more information on this event, please contact: Marnie Parsons, email:; telephone: 709-691-1317.




Author Biographies

Mary Dalton

Born at Lake View, Conception Bay, Mary Dalton is a poet and professor of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is a founder of the SPARKS Literary Festival at the university. She has won various awards for her poetry, among them the TickleAce/Cabot Award for Poetry in 1997. Her collection Merrybegot (2003) was awarded the 2005 E. J. Pratt Poetry Award, and was shortlisted for the 2004 Winterset Award, the 2004 Pat Lowther Award, and the 2005 Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage and History Award. Her fourth collection is Red Ledger (2006), was shortlisted for the E. J. Pratt Poetry Award and the Atlantic Poetry Award. In 2008 a set of her riddling poems, Between You and the Weather, was published by Running the Goat Books. Hooking: A Book of Centos was shortlisted for the 2014 J. M. Abraham Award, the newly-named Atlantic Poetry Prize, and for the inaugural Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Her latest book is Edge: Essays, Reviews, Interviews, published by Palimpsest Press in 2015.

Abigail Rorer

Abigal RorerBorn in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Abigail Rorer is a noted wood engraver and book illustrator. She received her BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is the founder and proprietor of the Lone Oak Press in Petersham, Massachusetts. Rorer has published fine-press, limited edition books and broadsides, and has illustrated many titles for other publishers. Her most recent publications include: Extinction—a tribute to four extinct species and a fifth nearing extinction; St. Bartholomew’s, Whittington: A Cotswold Church; and On the Hunt for the King of the Alps, a Plant Deemed Worthy (by Reginald Farrer). Her illustrations for Mimpish Squinnies: Reginald Farrer’s Short Guide to Worthless Plants received the Gregynog Prize at the Fine Press Book Fair (Oxford, UK).

Her work is held by many libraries and museums, including the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, and has been exhibited both here and abroad.