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.
We have a great festival planned for this year, which include the Scotiabank Giller Prize winner for 2013 and the CBC Canada Reads winners from both 2013 and 2014. We are also excited to announce that this festival features our strongest lineup of Newfoundland authors ever. Our wonderful hosts, Shelagh Rogers and Angela Antle are returning along with the CBC's Jian Ghomeshi.
The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie opens the 2014 Festival, playing two nights at the Woody Point Heritage Theatre on August 12, and 13. Throughout the festival there will be performances from The Dardanelles, The Blue Drop (Allan Byrne and Holly Hogan), Cajun Country Revival, The Skydiggers, Gros Morne Summer Music, and Shane Murphy and Sandy Morris.
Now it its 11th 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.