Margaret Atwood — Tickets on sale tomorrow (Wednesday) and Saturday.

Margaret Atwood on Denman Island

We hope that by now word has spread far and wide on Denman that Margaret Atwood is visiting. Here are further details. Ms. Atwood will give two presentations, both at Denman Island Activity Centre (the venue has been changed from the Denman Hall) on June 1st and each for the price of $30. Each offers … Read more

Exciting News: Margaret Atwood Visits Denman Island!

Margaret Atwood on Denman Island

Prepare yourselves, Denman Island residents, because the rumors are indeed true—Margaret Atwood is headed our way! Organized by the Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival (DIRWF) committee, we are thrilled to announce that the renowned author will grace our shores May 31st and June 1st 2024, for an unforgettable literary experience. As a token of appreciation … Read more

Introducing Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood on Denman Island

by Stewart Goodings Let’s go back to 1966 for a moment. The Governor General’s Medal for poetry goes to a young 27 year old from Toronto, Margaret Atwood. The Circle Game is her first book, and is a harbinger of what becomes a veritable flood of over 60 books, with her book of short stories … Read more

January 6 2024 – Holly Hogan and Michael Crummey Readings

Top Newfoundland authors coming to Denman Island by Stewart Goodings January 6, 2-4pm Two of Newfoundland’s most respected writers will be on Denman Island January 6: Michael Crummey, author of seven best-selling novels as well as six books of poetry, will present his new historical fiction “The Adversary”. He’ll be joined by his partner, Holly … Read more

Book Launch for Des Kennedy’s new novel: Commune


Sunday November 5th, 2pm – Denman Hall Hello all R&W Festival supporters. This notice is to let you know about an upcoming event not linked to the festival but of interest to islanders generally. It’s a book launch for Des Kennedy’s new novel, Commune, along with a big screen slide show and fun commentary, looking-back … Read more

Grant Lawrence and Friends: An Evening of West Coast Stories and Songs

The Readers and Writers Festival is partnering with Concerts Denman to present a captivating evening of West Coast Stories and Songs at the Denman Island Community Hall on Saturday, October 21st. We are thrilled to present “Grant Lawrence and Friends,” featuring the illustrious Grant Lawrence, an award-winning author and renowned broadcaster with the CBC. Grant … Read more

Festival 2023 memories

by Stewart Goodings While they are still fresh, my memories of the 2023 version of the Denman Festival…from the opening by our Island Raconteur Des Kennedy to the closing panel discussion, also led by the same Des Kennedy, this year’s event was a constant delight, a true literary treat. These are my memories, but what … Read more

Less Than Six Months to Wait for Festival 2023!

  …by Stewart Goodings And what a dazzling literary line-up we have ready for loyal Denman Festival fans! Here’s a quick glimpse of the outstanding authors we will welcome to Denman July 20-23: you want prize-winning novelists? Well, how about the last two Giller winners, Omar El Akkad, the 2021 winner for What Strange Paradise, … Read more

The Writing Week with Angie Abdou

For several years, the Denman Festival’s five day intensive writing program has been attracting aspiring writers from all over BC and further afield.  The renowned authors who have led The Writing Week have included Jack Hodgins, Steven Galloway, Steven Price, and for the last four years, Caroline Adderson. This year, the Denman Festival is proud … Read more