Writing from a lifetime of travel

Poet Ulrike Narwani and her husband Dru their living room North Saanich. (Hugo Wong/News staff) From her home North Saanich, poet Ulrike Narwani is surrounded by mementos of her travels, among them trunks, tapestries and a two-faced shadow puppet from Bali. Her husband Dru’s position as a high-level banker took them Wall Street, London, Mumbai, and finally Bangkok, where he was the CEO of Standard Chartered bank’s Thai operation. These big moves were supplemented by smaller vacations in their Cessna 182 the couple flew themselves, and these travels are reflected in much of her poetry. On Nov. 24, she will be sharing from her new collection, Collecting Silence , the SHOAL Centre along former Parks warden George Mercer. The reading is to support the 2019 Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival. Narwani always had an interest in writing and literature, but did not start writing poetry in earnest until her mid-60s after seeing her ailing father walk down a laneway between trees, which she said captured his tenacity, perseverance and desire for life. “There are moments, memories that grab you and make you want to find the words to express them […]

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