"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."
Our 2015 festival features an amazing group of authors from Newfoundland and the rest of Canada.
New writers this year include Miriam Toews, Newfoundland poet George Murray, and the one and only Margaret Atwood. Returning to the festival this year are Lawrence Hill, Steven Galloway, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Kathleen Winter, Joan Clark, Elizabeth Hay, and Des Walsh.
Our writers will be joined once again by our wonderful hosts, Shelagh Rogers and Angela Antle. On Saturday August 15, we will welcome Ron MacLean of Coach's Corner as our guest host.
Music has always been an important part of our festival and this year's performances are not to be missed.
On August 11 and 12 we'll open the Festival with two concerts by Canadian music icon, Bruce Cockburn. Throughout the week, we will have music by Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O'Leary, Steve Maloney, John K. Samson & Steve Lambke, Shane Murphy, Gros Morne Summer Music, and Fretboard Journey, featuring Sandy Morris, Gordon Quinton, Duane Andrews, and Craig Young.
We are very excited to announce the return of visual artist Shary Boyle and singer-songwriter Christine Fellows.
Shelagh Rogers is a broadcast journalist with CBC Radio, and is currently the host of The Next Chapter. She is the author of Canada, published by Key Porter. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Western Ontario and is the winner of the John Drainie Award, Canadian broadcasting's highest honour. In 2010, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for her contributions as a promoter of Canadian culture, and for her volunteer work in the fields of mental health and literacy”.
Angela Antle, the popular host of CBC Radio’s Weekend Arts Magazine, is a multi-media artist and an independent TV producer with a growing expertise in unscripted television. She co-developed the W network series "Majumder Manor" and is currently producing a new TV series called "Looking for Love" which won the international 2012 MIPTV pitch contest in Cannes.
We are delighted to welcome popular hockey commentator Ron MacLean as our guest host at the Heritage Theatre for the Saturday, August 15 show.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Heading into its 12th 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, authors 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.