The EBSNS turns 30 this year (2024). The society will hold several events to mark this milestone in Great Village in June 2024. As information about these events becomes available, we will post it here. The society’s AGM will be held Friday morning, 14 June, at the Elizabeth Bishop House in Great Village. We can also announce that writer Leesa Dean, author of Filling Station, a novella in verse published by Gaspereau Press (2021), about Bishop’s life in Brazil, will be a guest speaker on Saturday afternoon, 15 June, also at the Elizabeth Bishop House. All events will be free and open to the public. Stay tuned for more information.



The EBSNS held a successful AGM on Saturday, 17 June 2023, at the EB House in Great Village. You can read the Minutes of the meeting by clicking the link. Also, the Nominating Committee report, with the slate of new officers and board. Also, the Financial Report for 2022-2023.

Author Rita Wilson and illustrator Emma FitzGerald gave a fascinating, enlightening presentation about the creative process that lead to their stunning collaboration A Pocket of Time: The Poetic Childhood of Elizabeth Bishop (2019). The EBSNS thanks Rita and Emma for their willingness to share their experience in creating this delightful, inspiring book that is of interest to all ages.

2024 marks the 30th anniversary of the EBSNS and the board and membership will be working together to organize events to mark this important milestone. Stay tuned to this page and to the EB100 blog for more information in the fall of 2023.

A few photos from the AGM.

(Emma and the assembled.)

(Rita and the assembled.)


The EBSNS will hold its next Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 17 June 2023, at 1:30 p.m., at the Elizabeth Bishop House in Great Village, N.S.  No admission. Everyone is welcome!

 (Rita Wilson and Emma FitzGerald)

Special guests will be writer Rita Wilson, author of A Pocket of Time: The Poetic Childhood of Elizabeth Bishop, and the book’s illustrator Emma FitzGerald. They will talk about the creative process for this delightful and important book about Bishop’s deep and abiding connection to Great Village.


After two years of dormancy, the EBSNS was finally able to hold its first AGM since 2019. You can read the Minutes of the 2022 AGM by clicking here. You can see the Financial Report for 2021-2022 by clicking here.

We hope that now that pandemic issues and restrictions are starting to ease, the society will be able to return to a more active presence in the community.


On 19 June 2021, the EBSNS would have met for its AGM, cancelled again this year because of the pandemic and public health restrictions. You can click to see the society’s Financial Report for 2020-2021 and Nominating Committee Report for 2021-2022. We look forward to the time when we can gather again in person and celebrate Elizabeth Bishop and her connection to Nova Scotia. Stay safe and well.


Once again, the covid-19 pandemic will prevent the EBSNS from holding its Annual General Meeting in Great Village, N.S. Nova Scotia is in the  midst of a spike in cases and the province is under public health restrictions, essentially a lockdown. It is not certain when the lockdown will begin to lift, but it looks like it will be in place for at least some more weeks. The EBSNS Board has decided to cancel this year’s AGM. We will post our Financial and Nominating Committee Reports when they are ready. We are again disappointed that we will not be able to host a reading and talk by Nova Scotia author Laura Churchill Duke. One of these days, the world will get back to normal and in-person gatherings will be allowed. Elizabeth Bishop herself would have understood the impact of  such a global crisis, since she and her family survived the 1918-1920 Influenza pandemic that killed tens of millions of people around the world. The EBSNS will not be doing another virtual exhibit this year, but the one we presented last year remains viewable on the EB100 blog. If you scroll down this page, you will find out information about it. We also still have unframed prints of some of the images for sale. For anyone interested, you can go to the EB100 blog and check out “Two Arts.” Stay tuned for more updates in the weeks to come. We miss getting together with all our friends and supporters in Great Village. We hope, like everyone, that vaccines and public health measures will help us contain and control the corona virus soon, so that we can all see each other again.


It is hard to believe we are now well into 2021. The EBSNS Board has conferred and we have decided to set our 2021 Annual General Meeting for Saturday, 19 June, at the Royal Canadian Legion on Great Village, N.S. As further information becomes available (such as, who our guest speaker will be and what our exhibit will involve), we will update. This year Elizabeth Bishop would turn 110 on 8 February. It is again hard to believe that a decade has passed since the big EB Centenary (EB100) with its myriad events in Nova Scotia and around the world. Our marking of this year’s milestone will be decidedly low key. Let us hope that the vaccine light at the end of the tunnel will allow life to be more normal, will allow us to gather by the time June arrives, so that we can be together and hold the AGM. Stay safe and well until then. Stay tuned.

This commemorative stamp was issued the year after the centenary of EB’s birth. this image was sent to us by the late Lenora Blouin, a librarian and May Sarton scholar.

Update, 6 January 2021: The EBSNS Board are pleased to announce that Nova Scotia writer Laura Churchill Duke, who had agreed to be our guest speaker at the cancelled 2020 AGM, will be our guest speaker in Great Village at the 19 June 2021 Annual General Meeting. We are delighted that Laura is able to join us this year. You can find out more about her below. (N.B., the images from last year’s “Two Arts” virtual exhibit are also still available on the society’s blog — information about how to view these images is also found below.)


The “Two Arts” virtual exhibit on the EBSNS blog is now winding down. We want to thank all those who bought prints for their generous support. We raised about $1,000 for our upcoming projects. There are still prints available and to find out more about Natallia Povaliayeva’s wonderful EB-inspired drawings, you can check them out under the “Two Arts” link on the blog. We hope that 2021 will be such that the EBSNS, and all the other organizations and groups who had to cancel events this year, will be able to meet again. Stay safe and be kind.


Today, 20 June 2020, would have been the EBSNS Annual General Meeting in Great Village, N.S., but because of pandemic restrictions the meeting was cancelled. The society must still present its reports, which can be viewed below by clicking on the links. EBSNS Financial Report; EBSNS Nominating Committee Report; the President’s Report will be posted as soon as it is available.


The Society is presenting “Two Arts,” a collection of EB-inspired drawings by Natallia Povaliayeva, on its blog. This exhibit will be active, with an accompanying fund-raiser, until the end of August. After August, it will still be possible to purchase prints of the images — go to the blog and learn more.


Due to the covid-19 pandemic and the strict public health measures in place in Nova Scotia and around the world, the EBSNS is cancelling its 2020 Annual General Meeting that would have taken place on 20 June. The society will post its Financial, Nominating Committee and President’s Reports on this website in late June. We regret not to be able to host our guest speaker Laura Churchill Duke this year, but she will be able to join us in 2021. We will be issuing our 2020 newsletter as usual, sending it to our members by email. We will also post an update about our exhibit of and fund-raiser with Natallia Povaliayeva’s work sometime in May. We hope everyone stays safe and well and follows the instructions of public health officials, as we try our best to flatten the curve and mitigate the worst effects of the corona virus. Take good care. EBSNS Board.

“Two Arts” virtual exhibit now underway — checkout the EBSNS blog.




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