Our 2018 festival features an amazing group of writers from Newfoundland, the rest of Canada, and abroad.
Here's what folks are saying about the festival:
"This festival has become sooo important. It connects us writers to other writers as well as our readers. And builds friendships and bridges that extend beyond the festival. No other festival in the country does this. I am sooo appreciative of this experience/venue/event. Damn, I just wanna get my next book done to do it all again..."
- Donna Morrissey
"For a few days each year in August, the boundaries between nature and humanity, between words and music, between writers and readers seem more fluid. It's partly the festival's proximity to some of the world's most spectacular scenery, at the edge of Gros Morne National Park."
- Katherine Ashenburg, The Globe & Mail
"It’s full of amazing juxtapositions, like bringing in iconic hockey-show host Ron MacLean in 2015 to interview Miriam Toews, author of the “suicide novel,” All My Puny Sorrows... if you’re looking for a perfect — and quintessentially Canadian — holiday in August, this is it."
- Bob Ramsay, The Toronto Star
A veteran broadcast-journalist, Shelagh Rogers is the host and a producer of The Next Chapter, an award-winning CBC Radio program devoted to writing in Canada. In 2011, she received an Order of Canada for promoting Canadian culture and for advocacy in mental health, adult literacy and reconciliation. That same year, she was named an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She is the co-editor of Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation and Residential School, Reconciliation and the Way Forward and Speaking My Truth: A Journey to Reconciliation. She was also given the Achievement in the Aboriginal Community award by Native Counselling Services of Alberta. She holds honorary doctorates from six universities. Shelagh is currently the Chancellor of the University of Victoria. This year marks her 15th time hosting Writers at Woody Point! Some marriages don’t last that long.
Angela Antle is a CBC producer and host. She’s currently hosting CBC Radio’s Atlantic Voice and managing CBC NL’s YouTube Channel. As a screenwriter, Angela wrote the documentary “Atlantic”, narrated by Brendan Gleeson, and she co-wrote a feature film adaptation of “The Colony of Unrequited Dreams” with Wayne Johnston. That script was nominated for the Canadian Film Fest - Harold Greenburg Screenwriting Competition. Angela is also vice-chair of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival and she sings in Lady Cove with a fierce crowd of Newfoundland women.
Tom Power is an award-winning musician and broadcaster who hosts the national arts & entertainment program q on CBC Radio One. When not on the air, Tom leads his own band, The Dardanelles, who have been drawing a new audience to traditional Newfoundland music - playing festivals and theatres around the world. He has served as a member of the Polaris Music Prize jury and the CARAS Music advisory committees, and has hosted and performed at the major music festivals in Canada.
About Writers at Woody Point
Heading into its 15th year, Writers at Woody Point is firmly rooted in Newfoundland literature, attracting both writers from abroad and those nurtured here at home. During the festival, writers and musicians can connect with their audience in intimate venues, over dinner and drinks, or on a hike into the pristine hills. And they can soak up the area's own creative talent at exhibits of art and crafts, musical performances and impromptu after-hours celebrations that combine jam sessions, dancing and lots of laughter.