Gladys Hindmarch reads stories most likely from The Watery Part of the World.

George Bowering (Introducer)


Another Vancouver night in the series, this will be, this is the final reading of the fall series, and will be picked up again in January. As you know from the propaganda sheets, we're presenting what I consider to be the center of the Vancouver writing scene. Gladys Hindmarch has been in that scene for ten years, and was associated with all those people who've got all kinds of names over the last few years such as West Coast movement and the Tish movement and the New Wave Canada and that sort of business. And Stan Persky, is as much related if not more because he is also a sort of super star of little magazines [laughter] in San Francisco, and made the usual move up to Vancouver, what, three years ago? And has now become the super star of the Vancouver writing scene. What's going to happen is that the reading will be split into two pieces. At the beginning, Stan is going to introduce Gladys, and then there will be a break of about ten minutes, and then Gladys is going to introduce Stan. So, I'd like to give you "Stan and Gladys Evening".


Stan Persky


"Beginning again and again is a natural thing, even when there is a series. Beginning again and again and again, explaining composition and time is a natural thing. It is understood by this time that every thing is the same, except composition and time. Composition, and the time of the composition and the time in the composition. Everything is the same except composition and as the composition is different, and always going to be different, everything is not the same. Everything is not the same as the time when, of the composition, and the time in the composition is different. The composition is different, that is certain"-- Gertrude Stein.


Gladys Hindmarch


When I whistle, just imagine that it's a very good whistler. "They know what they're doing"




Reads "They know what they're doing".


Gladys Hindmarch


That's the third in a group of stories, or series of stories that I'm writing. I haven't got a title for this one, it's still in the first day on the trip but it's the seventh story. I call it "The Salad [?] Story" in my head but I'll have to find a title for it.




Reads "Setting up for supper is not nearly so slow...".


Gladys Hindmarch


Another, I've got lots of others, but I'm just going to read one other short one that's got a number of daydream passages that I don't think I-- it's necessary to know which of the day- I mean you can, I think you can get it, it's just call it "Number 12" right now it also hasn't got a title. "Outside deck scene"-- I guess that George didn't say, I used to work as a mess girl and a cook on a West Coast Freighter called the Thasis Prince, I worked on four or five of them because I was relief working, but the main one I worked on went up the west coast of Vancouver Island, and not, they have great difficulty getting women to go out there, maybe obvious reasons in these stories so I could almost get a job on it, whereas the other ones I could get jobs if nobody was available, but since on this particular boat, usually nobody was available. One time I was leaving shopping in the Army and Navy and a guy came down the hall and said, Look you know, they're trying to get a hold of you, you've gotta go up there. And I said, Come on, now, and sort of walked me back to the hall. And one Christmas run there were fifty one men- lots of people don't want to go out at Christmas, but a lot of the seamen, just work in the summer, so if they can get a job for two weeks they take it. They had fifty one cards on the board and not one of them- and there was a call for a cook, which was a girl's job and a call for an able seaman, and not one of the fifty-one men would go out on the boat- they got a guy who hadn't registered yet went out. This is an end of summer trip, it's not rough at all.




Reads first line "The sun on my eyes..."






Works Cited

Hindmarch, Gladys. Sketches. Montreal: A Beaver Kosmos Folio (3), unknown date.

---. The Watery Part of the World. Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 1988.

Linda Svendsen. Words We Call Home: Celebrating Creative Writing at UBC. Vancouver, B.C.: University of British Columbia Press, 1990. Google Books. December 21, 2009. < Link >.

“People / Gladys (Maria) Hindmarch”. Ruins in the Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties. December 21, 2009. < >.

“Nook Book”. The Georgian. [Sir George Williams University, Montreal.] November 12, 1969. Nook: page 7. (announcement of reading)


Howard Fink List of Poems Read:

Print catalogue page from archives contains the following information:
Title: Gladys Hindmarch reading her own poetry: Final Fall Reading 1969
Source: one 5” reel, 3 3/4 , mono lasting 45 mins.
Date: November 21, 1969

Introduction by Stan Persky
Speakers: Stan Persky
Gladys Hindmarch

1. Title: They Know What They’re Doing | First Line: “Nobody is moving quickly…”
2. Title:  untitled [is poem actually called “Untitled,” or is it just listed on archived print cat. as such?] | First Line: “Setting up for supper…”
3. Title: untitled | First Line: “The sun in my eye…”


Transcript, Print Catalogue, Research and Edits by: Celyn Harding-Jones

Gladys Hindmarch at SGWU, 1969

Catalog numberI086-11-020
Sound qualityGood
SpeakersGladys Hindmarch, Stan Persky, introduced by George Bowering
VenueH-651 -- Mixed Lounge
DateNov. 21, 1969

00:00- George Bowering introduces reading.

01:43- Stan Persky reads Gertrude Stein quote

02:40- Gladys Hindmarch introduces “They Know What They’re Doing”.

02:53- Reads “They Know What They’re Doing”.

16:08- Introduces untitled story, dubbed “The Salad Story”, first line “Setting up supper is not nearly so slow...”.

16:54- Reads first line “Setting up supper is not nearly so slow...”.

33:30- Introduces first line “The sun on my eyes...”

35:42- Reads first line “The sun on my eyes...”.