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Readers and Writers Festival 2016 – Author Line-up

Denman Island, get ready to host another group of extraordinary Canadian authors in 2016 during our annual summer festival.  Expect top quality writing and information ...
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The Books Matter Prize Announcement

At the 2015 Festival, visiting author Aislinn Hunter generously used her Festival honorarium to sponsor a poetry contest for the best poem on the subject ...
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Anakana Schofiel – Winner of Scotiabank Giller Prize

Congratulations to Anakana Schofield who has been named one of the finalists for the prestigious $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her book, Martin John. Read ...
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The Books Matter Prize

 The Books Matter Prize …… win $500 in books by writing a poem about the planet / the environment / the earth or animals in ...
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Des Kennedy moderates a panel discussion on “Place”

Des Kennedy moderates a panel discussion on “Place” with Michael Crummey, Fred Stenson, Lee Maracle and Renee Saklikar On Sunday morning, July 19, the concluding ...
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New author added to festival lineup: Lee Maracle

Lee Maracle Canadian first nations poet and author, Lee Maracle, from Toronto will be joining the list of renowned authors at this year’s festival.  She ...
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Main Stage Event: “Women of Words”

 Saturday, July 18 at 7:30 pm “No sensible man engages unprepared in a fencing match of words with a woman”, proclaims 20th century writer, Wilkie ...
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Eliza Robertson’s Wallflowers

Wallflowers is a debut collection of 17 virtuosic short stories from a 27-year-old Canadian. Eliza Robertson, who was born in Canada but now lives in ...
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Hear Donald Gutstein read from his book “Harperism”

Donald Gutstein is a SFU adjunct professor in the School of Communication and co-director of NewsWatch Canada, a media-monitoring project. He taught in the areas ...
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Michael Crummey

Renowned Canadian author Michael Crummey coming next week! We are excited to have an islander from Atlantic Canada join us for next week’s festival. Newfoundlander ...
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Jo-Ann Roberts comes to Denman Island to moderate Friday panel – Women of Words

Moderator Jo-Ann Roberts of CBC Radio fame is joined by distinguished poet and novelist Aislinn Hunter, rising literary star Eliza Robertson and sparkling young slam ...
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Denman gets ready to welcome Renee Saklikar to festival 2015

Vancouver poet Renee Saklikar is a lawyer who did advocacy work for families of the Air India tragedy, then later turned to writing to express ...
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Siling Zhang & Fred Stenson

Siling Zhang – Slam Poetry performance and “Poetic Tangents” workshop Coming to us from Vancouver’s Slam Poetry competitions, Siling Zhang will bring her dynamic and ...
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 Bob Bossin’s Davy the Punk

The father renowned Canadian folk singer Bob Bossin knew while growing up in Toronto in the 1950s was a quiet, conservative booking agent.  The father ...
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BC Book Prize Winner coming to Denman

Aislinn Hunter, one of the authors coming to the Readers and Writers Festival in July, has been named the winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction ...
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The author as activist

Stewart Goodings From Charles Dickens to George Orwell to James Baldwin to Naomi Klein, writers have been including social and political messages in their prose ...
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FESTIVAL 2015:  July 16 – 19

Annette Reinhart Once again, we have an amazing group of Canadian authors who will be coming to Denman Island to share work that ranges from ...
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Tribute to Zaccheus Jackson

**The Denman Island Readers & Writers Festival wishes to express sincere condolences concerning the tragic news of the death of Zaccheus Jackson.  Many people in ...
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New Books by Denman Island Writers Festival AUthors

Over the past twelve years, many writers have come to the Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival, and we continue to take an interest in ...
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Maude Barlow and Chris Turner

Debbie Frketich looks forward to Sunday July 19th On the last day of the 2014 festival I will be among the first in my seat ...
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Writer in Residence

Stewart Goodings recalls his experience as a past participant in a Writer in Residence workshop, and introduces this year’s Writer in Residence – Steven Price ...
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Festival 2014 – July 17-20

by Annette Reinhart Another outstanding group of Canadian writers will be coming to Denman Island for our 2014 Readers & Writers Festival. Don’t be surprised ...
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Miss-Spelled

by Helen Mason This year our Festival bookworm, Miss-Spelled – Jori Phillips – created a unique dress from the pages of a thesaurus.  As a writer ...
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Memories of Readers and Writers Festival 2013

by Stewart Goodings with photos by Annette Reinhart Denman’s annual treat for book lovers and aspiring writers, held July 18-21 provided a score of literary ...
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