Writing from a lifetime of travel

Ulrike Narwani and husband Dru their living room North Saanich. (Hugo Wong/News staff) From home in North Saanich, poet Ulrike Narwani is surrounded by mementos of travels, among them trunks, tapestries and a two-faced shadow puppet from Bali. husband Dru’s position as a high-level banker took them Wall Street, London, Mumbai, and finally Bangkok, where 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 be sharing poems from her new collection, Collecting Silence , at the SHOAL Centre along with former Parks Canada warden George Mercer. The reading is to support the 2019 Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival. Narwani always had 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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