The April Rabbit hops on

April 12, 2011

Kinda like the younger, hipper cousin of The March Hare, The April Rabbit hopped through town on Saturday evening. Now in its 13th year, the Rabbit features young local writers and musicians, giving them a chance to showcase their work.

April Rabbit 2011 - 12Master of Ceremonies extrodinaire Douglas Walbourne-Gough

Hosted by Douglas Walbourne-Gough, the evening featured some amazing local talent. Anyone thinking that poetry readings are snooty and inaccessible would be blown away by the April Rabbit.

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Tim Clarke

Tucked into the cozy King Henry’s Pub in the back of the Glynmill Inn, the feeling of community in the room was inspiring. Many of the writers were reading for their first time and the group in attendance was more than happy to give them a chance. Thankfully, nobody was disappointed — all of the readings were excellent.

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John Steffler, former poet laureate.

Along with the young talent, the April Rabbit also tries to bring in a special guest each year. This year, former poet laureate and honourary Corner Brooker John Steffler was the guest reader.

Along with celebrating writing, every year The April Rabbit honours a local visual artist who contributes to the arts community. This year, Jordan Bennett was awarded the rabbit, April.

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Jordan Bennett is awarded the rabbit by last year’s honouree Rodney Mercer.

Adding to the young and hip feeling of the night, local band Moral Less Right closed the night off. Many thanks for the earplugs, guys.

April Rabbit 2011 - 22Nathan Locke and Moral Less Right.

If you missed the night but would like to hear it, Bay of Islands Radio recorded the entire evening and will be broadcasting it at a later date. Stay tuned for airtime details.