Monday, September 21, 2015

Storytelling Event

McConnell Library

Wed., September 23rd 7 PM
Remembering School Days

As children get back into their school routine, spend an evening remembering School Days of the past. The evening will start off with a few stories shared by CBRL’s recently appointed Storyteller in Residence, Ronald Labelle

A slide show of school days photos from the Beaton Institute will be presented and the rest of the evening will come from you.

Dust off your yearbooks and recall stories from your own school years, that favourite teacher or fun event…

All Are Welcome!

Tea and light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Noted author coming to read

The author Emma Donoghue is coming to Cape Breton at the end of the month. She will be reading at the McConnell Library April 30th at 7:00PM

Her novel Room was shortlisted for the Booker Man Prize and will soon be released as a movie. Donohue wrote the script for director Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, Frank). 

Lisa Schwarzbaum gave the book an A- and wrote: “Though the story’s chilling circumstances reflect the horrors endured by tabloid-famous abductees, Donoghue avoids all sensationalism. Instead, she gracefully distills what it means to be a mother – and what it’s like for a child whose entire world measures just 11 x 11."

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Annual Awards

Please join the Department of Languages and Letters on
Friday, March 27 at 10 am in Multipurpose Room B
as it celebrates student scholarship in literature and writing.
Prior to the awards, there will be an open stage where students are invited to read a creative piece of their own, or favourite poem or excerpt.
Refreshments will be provided.

Schedule of Events

1. Open Stage Readings
please contact to have your name added to the readers’ list
2. Awards Presentation
The short-listed candidates for the prizes are:

Shauna Gillis Prize: Upper year category:
Jill Ellsworth, Susan MacNeil, Nicole McNeil,

Mary Keshen Prize: First year category:
Esther Abel, Alexia Ackert, Aleisha Hemmings

3. Meet with the Languages and Letters faculty to discuss Upper-year English Courses for the 2015-16 Academic Year.

4. 1-3 pm: Feel free to join Dr. Silverberg’s Media and Culture class for a free screening (and subsequent discussion) of the Spike Jonze film Her in the Verschuren auditorium, CS 104

The Department would also like to thank the Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences, W.W. Norton, Broadview Press, and Nelson Education for donations and support.


In April, the Boardmore will audition young actors for the roles of Hamlet and Ophelia in William Shakespeare's Hamlet. The remaining roles will be cast in September.

We welcome auditioners between the ages of 16-26, of any ethnicity or gender. Priority will be given to current or incoming CBU students.

We seek eager performers who are skilled in communication and time management. Prior stage experience is an asset, but is not required. Bring a résumé  if you have one.

Availability is key. Actors will rehearse over the Summer (on a flexible schedule), Fall and Winter (evenings and weekends). The performance dates (January 21-31, 2016) include some daytime matinees for student groups.

Auditioners should prepare one monologue from a different play by Shakespeare or a contemporary (ie. NOT from Hamlet). Memorization is not required, but you should be comfortable with the speech and have a good understanding of its meaning. You may also be asked to perform “cold” or unprepared readings.

April 11-12, 12:00pm-3:00pm
(April 11 slots are reserved for CBU students)


call Scott at 902-563-1634

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

AAUEC coming soon!

This March, CBU will be hosting the Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English conference.

Watch this space for more information, or contact todd_pettigrew[at] for more information.