Arts in brief: Live music, writing contest and a visit from a children’s author

Diane Welch, author of Introducing Mr. Nobody, will sign copies of her children’s book at Chapters on March 1.

Diane Welch, author of Introducing Mr. Nobody, will sign copies of her children’s book at Chapters on March 1.

Live Music Night at Porter’s

On Saturday, Feb. 22, Porter’s Bistro presents Shannon Lee & Inglewood, with Colin Rankin, Don Biggar and Bill Buurmeester, and featuring Siobhan Maeghan and Raina Morgan.

The show begins at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is by a $10 minimum donation at the door.

Reservations are recommended. Porter’s Bistro is located at Five Corners — at the intersection of 48 Avenue and 216 Street in Murrayville.


Children’s author at Chapters

Children’s author Diane Welch is returning to Langley Chapters on Saturday, March 1, to read from and sign copies of her book Introducing Mr. Nobody.

The signing will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In a little yellow house on Maple Street live seven people: Mommy, Daddy, Katie, Hope, Page, Austin and Mr. Nobody.

Told from Austin’s perspective the book follows all the fun, exciting and mischievous adventures of Mr. Nobody.

From its pages, children learn about love, family, forgiveness and responsibility through the eyes of a six-year-old and, of course, Mr. Nobody.

Welch is a  busy mom to four energetic children. She is committed to raising her vibrant children with grace and a sense of humour, while trying to keep up with Mr. Nobody’s shenanigans. Welch’s husband Dave is an award-winning glass artist and the creative illustrator for the colourful book.


Voice for Horse accepting submissions

The third annual Voice For The Horse children’s writing competition is now on.

This year, Voice For The Horse takes on an ambitious subject for creative writing: war horses.

Serving mankind worldwide, war horses have left a legacy of bravery, triumph, partnership and trust.

The contest presents an opportunity for children to learn, grow and practice their unlimited and creative talents and be a Voice For The Horse.

Among the people serving as ambassadors for Voice for the Horse are Langley singers Tiffany Desrosiers and Cole Armour as well as well-known Langley horsewoman Joy Richardson.

The Wild Horse Writing Competition in 2011 attracted several Langley area writers, including Sara Trafford — the Spirit Award Winner who became a volunteer for Voice For The Horse — and Ariel Edmonson

Entry submissions are being accepted until April 30.

Competition is open for children six to 18 years of age from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Submissions will be accepted in the following categories: fiction, non-fiction, persuasive writing, personal essay, poetry.

For contest details visit