Here’s to All Souls’ day, el Dia de los Muertos!

Helwa!: a sound opera on Gathering VoicesSuite Ancient Eygpt cover

Welcome, ancestors.
What can you tell us from the unknown
and unknowable realm of the Dead?

To celebrate the ancestors, I invite you to listen to Helwa!
a Sound Opera Experiencing Ancient Egypt

Helwa is the Arabic word for beautiful.

Helwa! is featured next in Gathering Voices, my Lit.-on-Air radio show on CHRW Radio Western, 94.9 FM, London ON.  Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 6:30 – 7:00 pm. (R. November 11, 2014, 6:30-7:00 am).

Helwa! a Sound Opera Experiencing Ancient Egypt, text and narration by me with The Helwa Ensemble: musicians Mary Lynne Ashton and Panayiotis Giannarapis, sound artist Jocelyn Drainie, Egyptologist/poet Daniel Kolos and belly dancer Ishra Ishra Shirley Blanco. Recorded live at Aeolian Hall and mastered by John Magyar.

Together we trace the soul’s journey
across the nocturnal sky
to rebirth the next day:
a classical Egyptian journey that
the star goddess Nut took nightly.

Join us…

Helwa! is archived on and can be heard at any time!

Helwa! a Sound Opera Experiencing Ancient Egypt (cd) will be available from Pendas,  An earlier version of the Sound Opera with the incomparable Bill Gilliam is on my CD, Night Vision, is available now from Pendas for $15 plus postage,  Bill and I performed it at the Drake Hotel, Toronto, where it was recorded and mastered by John Magyar.

Helwa! as a chapbook is available for $6 from PigeonBike Press, London, or from me,

Suite Ancient Egypt, pictured above, is a handmade chapbook  from Mother Tongue Publishing Limited, 290 Fulford-Ganges Rd. Salt Spring Island BC V8K 2K6, available for $50.  Also available from me.  It’s an earlier version of the long poem, exquisitely designed.


Ending one era does not preclude
the start of the Celtic New Year now.

Blessings as we enter the sacred season,



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