Poets & Politicians – Spur Calgary

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Shakespeare wrote that misery acquaints a man with strange bed-fellows, and news commentators say endlessly that politics does the same. At Spur, we think that strange bed-fellows often make for the most illuminating conversations. We’ve challenged a Poet (Brandon Wint) and Politician (The Honourable Kathleen Ganley, Minister for Justice and Solicitor General ) to sit down in conversation about “The Process of Progress.” What is the value of advocating from the outside vs.working from within legislative systems, and the roles journalism, government and institutions play in moving the dial forward.


This podcast features:

The Poet Brandon Wint: a writer and performance poet based in Canada. His devotion to creativity, love and Divine understanding is evident in all of his poetic work. He is a two-time Canadian slam champion, an arts-educator and artist of national distinction.

The Politician Kathleen Ganley: was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Calgary-Buffalo, on May 5, 2015. She was appointed Minister of Justice and Solicitor General and Minister of Aboriginal Relations on May 24, 2015. On February 2, 2016, Indigenous Relations was assigned its own Minister.

Prior to her election, MLA Kathleen Ganley worked as an associate at a private law firm, specializing in labour, employment and human rights law.

MLA Ganley has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Calgary, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. MLA Ganley was awarded the department of philosophy silver medallion and the University of Calgary undergraduate merit award.



This conversati0n is unmoderated and introduced by Spur Festival Director and Literary Review of Canada publisher Helen Walsh. The podcast was recorded, edited and is hosted by Spur Director of Production Michael Booth.

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