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Taoist Tai Chi

Weekend for beginners Have you ever wanted to know more about Taoist Tai Chi? Register for a Taoist [ ... ]

Auction 45 card parties

The Star of the Sea Seniors' Club hosts weekly Auction 45 card parties on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm. It in [ ... ]

Robert Penn Warren
Illustrated by P. John Burden

The Ballad of Billie Potts—Robert Penn WarrenOne of the most significant early works of Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989)—the American writer and literary critic who is the only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes in both fiction and poetry—The Ballad of Billie Potts has, in the decades since it was released in Warren’s 1943 volume Selected Poems, proven far more universal than its setting of the “land between the rivers” (a marshy, dense, almost primeval bottomland between the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers in western Kentucky) might suggest.

Inspired by the folk tales of Warren’s native state The Ballad of Billie Potts is, on its face, a simple, if unsettling, story: A murderous innkeeper, named Billie Potts, and his wife have a son—Little Billie—whom they both adore. In an attempt to impress his parents, Little Billie attempts to rob and kill a passing traveller… but, in his fumbling inexperience, botches the job and returns home in humiliation. In anger, his father turns him away to make his fortune on his own. Years later, having prospered out West, Little Billie returns to the land between rivers—only to be killed for a bag of gold by his own parents, who mistook him for a wealthy traveller before realizing, through an identifying birthmark, that they have killed the only person they ever loved.

Bunim & Bannigan, Ltd. has released a new edition of The Ballad of Billie Potts featuring a new introduction from John Burt and illustrations by Prince Edward Island illustrator P. John Burden.

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Cool Moon

Cross-cultural Arts Festival September–November
Various locations The main stage of Confederation [ ... ]

21st century Anne

Producing a 54-year-old play for a modern audience Select dates to September 22
Homburg Theatre Ann [ ... ]

Miracle Man

Tomáš Kubínek brings his unique show to Summerside October 3
Harbourfront Theatre Get ready for  [ ... ]

Recent News & Articles

Drawing the line

Profile: Sandy Carruthers by Jane Ledwell Retired for a year now after twenty-five years teaching  [ ... ]

Free transportation at Cloggeroo

The provincial government will sponsor free transportation at this year’s Cloggeroo festival to he [ ... ]

Charlottetown’s Historic Squares exhibit...

The City of Charlottetown Planning and Heritage Department has created an exhibit exploring the hist [ ... ]