WIN Hearts and Souls for Literary Harmony: 2012 Awards

First inaugural Literary Festival of

Writers International Network (WIN)

held Saturday, March 24 at Richmond Cultural Centre.

This event brought together over 150 people including writers of diverse backgrounds and genres. The objective of this event was to recognize talent and to bring writers of all Colours into mainstream Canadian literature, and to provide an opportunity to network.

Ashok Bhargava, founder of Writers International Network says:
‘WIN will strive to unite the hearts and souls of writers to bring creativity, knowledge and joy to them. An artist’s gift to the world is a poem, story, painting, sculpture or dance. WIN will seek, nourish and recognize all sorts of artists so that together they can make this world a better place to live. Writing is an art that is deeply rooted in self-reflection. Self-reflection is the human capacity to exercise introspection and the willingness to learn more about our fundamental nature, purpose and essence. In other words, self reflection is who we see when we look in the mirror. Self reflection is also about taking the time to figure out who we are, both as individuals and as leaders.  WIN is created to fulfil the need of an environment where the work of an artist is appreciated and recognized no matter what background, what language or what cultural heritage that artist belongs to.’

Mr. Bhargava’s personal conviction is to create an organization where poets, writers and artists can connect with each other and with the community at large. ‘If you are a writer you belong here’, he says. ‘There is no membership and no fees and WIN is there to recognize and appreciate your creativity. Wow, that sounds great! The essence of writing is in giving to the world something to read. We write without knowing if someone would read it or not. It doesn’t matter if they love or hate it; you are going to write it anyway. If we appreciate a writer’s work and recognize it on its own merit, it would lift an incredible weight off his/her shoulder and make him or her happy.’

Bhargava’s greatest dream is to see the results of his creative work and everyone else’s work to realize their utopia in this world. To realize that a writer’s immediate environment is the training ground for the soul and the spirit of his or her writing world. Every day there’s work to be done to improve thoughts, actions and writing skills. He says, ‘If WIN could inspire just one person through appreciation and recognition that would be a true moment of miracle for it’s existence.’

WIN believes that we must write what we want to write not what others want us to write. Writing is self expression and must not be driven by commercialism though of course being successful commercially does not hurt at all.

WIN awards are to recognize, appreciate and understand the author. These awards are not based on comparing one’s work with others and determining the winner but understanding what a writer is saying and recognizing the message the author is trying to convey. In other words, writers are recognized for the real merit of their work.

Award categories are – Published writers and poets, Unpublished writers and poets, Emerging Artists (poets, writers, artists, dancers, painters etc), People’s Laureate, and Outstanding Citizens.

This year’s award recipients are: Evelyn Lau, Ariadne Swayer, Ashok Bhargava, Joanne Arnott, Ahn Bong Ja, Manga Basi, Fauzia Rafique, Janet Kvammen, Brajinder Dhillon, Tomothy Shay, Alan Hill and Mahendra Kwatra.

WIN’s First Literary Festival was hosted by Writers International Network in collaboration with India Club of Vancouver. WIN is also thankful for support provided by:
Indo-Canadian Association of Abbotsford
South Asian Literary Society of Canada
Urdu Association
Hindi Literary Society
Panjabi Lekhak Munch
Kendriya Lakhari Sabha Uttari America
BC Kavya Kendra
Chetna Association
Group of Poets International
Tagore Society of Vancouver
Nepali Writers Group
Pandora’s Collective
Poetic Justice
World Poetry Reading Series
Global Poetry
Poetry Beyond Cultures

Short biographies of 2012 winners will follow.

Contact Ashok Bhargava at:

First Annual Literary Festival – Canada’s Best 2012 Awards: March 24







The 1st Annual Literary Festival
Writers International Network
Saturday, March 24, 2012
12.30 PM to 4.30 PM
Richmond Cultural Centre/Library
7700 Minoru Gate Richmond, BC

The event brings together writers of diverse backgrounds and genre to develop better appreciation and fuller awareness of the art of creative writing. The objective of this event is to provide an opportunity to network, socialise and to recognize talent.


More info:
Call Ashok Bhargava

Invocation and welcoming address
Ashok Bhargava
Featured Poets/Writers
Candice James, Bonnie Nish, Manolis Aligizakis, Eva Waldauf, Sylvia Taylor, Meharoona Ghani, Bernice Lever, Michelle Rickaby, Bernice Lever, Theresa Chevalier, Ben Nuttal-Smith, Patricia Donahue and Alejandro Mujica-Olea
South Asian features
S.P. Dwivedi, Suresh Kurl, Ehsan Choudhary, Inderjit Sidhu, Madhu Varshney, Mankajee Shreshtha, Surjeet Kalsy and Hardev Sodhi “Ashk”
Open Mic
Bonnie Quan Symons, Avia Mana, Farina Reinprecht, Angela Edwards, Ibrahim Honjo, Una Bruhns, Sho Wiley, Patricia Donahue, Jacqueline Maire, Lilija Valis, Selene Bertelson and Ceri Naz
Award Presentations
Evelyn Lau, Joanne Arnott, Brajinder Dhillon, Ariadne Sawyer, Manja Basi, Bong Ja Ahn, Timothy Shay, Janet Kvammen, Fauzia Rafique and Alan Hill
Readings by Award Recipients
Evelyn Lau, Joanne Arnott, Brajinder Dhillon, Ariadne Sawyer, Manga Basi, Bong Ja Ahn, Timothy Shay, Janet Kvammen, Fauzia Rafique and Alan Hill
Lucia Gorea and Reese McBeth

Tagore Dance by Arno Komalika
Award Presentations
Snacks and Socialize

For more information
Ashok Bhargava 604-327-6040
Lucia Gorea 604-441-0169
Alan Hill 604-276-4391

Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival 2011 – Vancouver Aug 13

Saturday August 13th, 2011
11:45 am – 8 pm
Lumberman’s Arch
Stanley Park

The main event incorporates literary groups, including multi-cultural readings in various languages, dancers, an original theatrical performance, musical performances, panel discussions, open mics and a children’s area with puppet shows, music, story tellers, face painting and craft tables.

There will be readings from participants of the Vancouver Public Library’s Summer Book Camp. Information tables showcasing community groups and resources such as the The Federation of BC Writers and The Story Tellers Association are made available.

George Bowering will open the festival’s Main Stage while Russell Thornton will open the Granville stage. The day will be wrapped up with a performance by C.R. Avery.

Workshops will be run onsite throughout the day and are free to the public. Spaces are limited so be sure to sign up early.

Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park provides a welcoming location for an outdoor arts festival with ample room to comfortably bring your family, friends and picnic for an entire day of entertainment

View Festival schedule

Festival: The World Poetry International Festival–Richmond–May 14-15


Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15
10:00am – 5pm
The World Poetry International Festival
Richmond Cultural Centre
100-7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond, BC

The World Poetry International Festival is bringing together international poets and local multicultural poetry groups. There will be a First Nations welcome, dignitaries, music and a proposed Gala on Sunday night. Each selected international poet will present their poetry, launch a book, or read a paper. An International Peace prize will be presented. Local poetry and writers groups are also presenting.

BC First Nations Coast Salish welcome: Roberta Price
Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea & World Poetry Committee.
Proposed international Poets: Dr. Rita Malhotra, Husna Sidiqi, Mr. Khawaja Abdullah Ahrar, Yoshifumi Sakura, Dr. Hadaa Sendoo, Miss Alaha Arhar.
Featured Canadian Poet and presenter: Bernice Lever
Welcome by BC Multicultural Poetry Groups.

International Peace Award presentation to Ariadne Sawyer.
Iranian Daf Music: Renowned Kokehi family.
Jasmine’s Dancing Club.
Youth Panel.
Includes the World Poetry Gala Dinner
6:30 pm
Mad Greek Restaurant
7260 Westminster Highway, Richmond BC 604-278-9598
$30 per person.
Meet the poets, good food, and great company.
Reserve in advance.

Please contact Ariadne Sawyer
Contact: Ariadne Sawyer
Telephone: 604-526-4729


2211 Prairie Ave. (at Shaughnessy)
Port Coquitlam, BC

FRIDAY May 6 at 7:00 PM
SATURDAY, May 7 10 AM to 5 PM

Friday May 6 at 7 PM

An academy award winner, is the first film to provide a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the U.S.A., Iceland, England, France, Singapore and China.
This film will shock and enrage you.
Refreshments and discussion afterwards

Saturday May 7 at 10 AM

FOOD, Inc.
How much do we know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families? Our national food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihoods of farmers, the safety of workers and the environment. Though our food appears the same–a tomato still looks like a tomato, but it has been radically transformed.

In this Oscar-nominated film the producer and investigative authors lift
the veil on the food industry. After seeing this film, you will never look
at your dinner the same way.

This film explores the historical, philosophical and economic background that suggests a matrix for such events as 9/11, that is much closer to home than the so-called “Islamic terrorism”. The film provides solid evidence for the true reasons behind the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, whose unfolding is described in chilling detail in a document called “Project for the New American Century” published in 2000, which seems to have served as the actual blueprint for these dramatic events.

11:30 AM

With their existing armies overstretched, Britain and America rely heavily on mercenary forces. In this film, former war reporter, Sam Kiley, investigates the shadowy world of the modern soldier of fortune.

This film follows the journey of opium crops, tracing the drug trafficking routes heading north from Afghanistan through the nations of the Old Silk Road on its way to Europe. The film examines who are the winners and losers as the crop finds its way to market. How much of a problem is it for the U.S. and its allies that many are implicated in one of the most lucrative drug routes in the world. The awesome beauty of the landscape provides a powerful backdrop for the treachery uncovered each step of the way.

1:30 PM

This film takes a look at the theology of Christian Zionism which teaches that Jews have the divine right to the land of Israel. Aspects of this belief system leads some Christians in the West to give uncritical support to Israeli government policies even at the expense of the Palestinians. This leads to great suffering among Christian and Muslim Palestinians, threatening Israeli security. There is a biblical alternative for those who want to love and support the people of Israel, a
theology that instead doesn’t favour one people over another, but promotes peace and reconciliation for both Jews and Palestinians.

This film Chevron doesn’t want you to see. This is an award-winning film that chronicles the epic battle to hold Chevron (formerly Texaco) accountable for the systematic contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon – an environmental tragedy experts call the “Rainforest Chernobyl”

3.00 PM

WIKI REBELS By Swedish television.
This film is an exclusive rough-cut in-depth documentary which covers the organization of Wikileaks, from its inception, its development and its recent leaks of documents into the media. Its coverage details the allegation of sexual misconduct of Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief and media-spokesperson for the organization, plus the dissent caused by his heavy-handed control of the group, resulting in the formation of “Open Leaks”

This short film documents students, teachers and community members telling about why they wanted to transform violent toys and video games into peaceful art.

You’ll never look at a can of Coke the same way after seeing this documentary. The directors present a searing indictment of the Coco Cola empire and its alleged kidnapping, torture and murder of union
leaders trying to improve working conditions in Columbia, Guatemala and
Turkey. The filmmakers follow labour rights lawyers and an activist as
they attempt to hold the giant U.S. multinational company accountable in this legal and human right’s battle.

Friday evening
By donation.
Refreshments will be served following the film.
Tickets at the door
Or at Trinity United Church office: 604-942-0022

$5.00 for half day, $10.00 for full day. $2.00 for students/low income
Lunch served at 12:30 by the UCW Rachel Unit at $6.00
Proceeds will be given to a charitable organization.

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