Writers at Woody Point Festival Celebrates Tradition and Change

Woody Point, NL-- In 2018, Writers at Woody Point marks its 15th anniversary with tradition, celebration, and some significant changes. In 2018, we honour our beloved, long-time Executive Director as he retires, and introduce a new Executive Director, full of great ideas. We bid goodbye and thanks to our devoted festival bookseller, and welcome another seasoned bookseller to lend their considerable talents to Writers at Woody Point. We hope our community of festival goers will join us in marking these developments.

Visitors to Writers at Woody Point know that Gary Noel has been synonymous with the festival. Gary has served as the festival’s Executive Director for eleven years, overseeing a time of growth and change. Whether organizing accommodations for festival performers, managing the ticket sales and wait lists, scheduling a sound check, or on the dance floor after hours, Gary Noel was there, making sure things were running smoothly and everyone was having a great time. 

“Over the past decade, Gary Noel has been an essential part of the growth and evolution of Writers at Woody Point, the purchase and management of the Woody Point Heritage Theatre, and the launch of Comedy at Woody Point,” says Stephen Brunt, Writers at Woody Point founding Artistic Director. “All of that – literally – could not have happened without him.”

“It was a great fortune to be invited onto the Writers at Woody Point team eleven years ago, while the festival was in its early days and still getting its feet wet,” says Gary Noel. “Watching it grow and be recognized across Canada over the next few years was incredibly rewarding and gratifying, and I hope to be around as a supporter for years to come as it continues to move in new and innovative directions.”

We know that friends of the festival will be sorry to see him go, but we hope that you will help us celebrate his service at Writers at Woody Point 2018.

This year, festival goers and participants will meet our new Executive Director, Diana Chisholm. Diana is both a practicing artist and an arts administrator with a great track record of event organizing in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a resident of Corner Brook and a summer resident of Woody Point, and a former member of the board of directors of Writers at Woody Point. We know you will join us in welcoming Diana to the Executive Director role.  

“I’m thrilled that Diana Chisholm, a member of the Woody Point community and a big part of our organization, has become our new executive director,” says Stephen. “She brings great skills and great experience to the job along with a true passion for what we’re doing in Bonne Bay.”

"I am delighted to be the new Executive Director of Writers at Woody Point and am looking forward to the opportunity to live, work and make in Bonne Bay," says Diana Chisholm. "As a practicing visual artist and an arts administrator, my work and research has focused on the industrial nature of place and rural art practices. I look forward to working with community members, volunteers, performers and audience members build on Woody Point and Bonne Bay as a hub of arts and culture for those who call the area home and the visitors we welcome each year." 

Visitors to the festival will also notice new faces at our festival book table. After nearly three decades of bookselling and 14 years of amazing service to the festival, in March 2018 Bryan Prince Booksellers closed the doors on its Hamilton, Ontario store. We thank Bryan Prince, Kerry Cranston-Reimer and Shar Cranston-Reimer for their devotion to the festival, and wish our friends the best in their next endeavors. 

Writers at Woody Point is pleased to announce that our 2018 festival bookseller will be another beloved independent shop, Blue Heron Books. Blue Heron Books proprietor Shelley Macbeth has been providing great service, selection and events to book lovers in Uxbridge, Ontario since 1989, and is eager to bring her passion for books and her love of music and fun to Writers at Woody Point. 

In a year of change and renewal, Writers at Woody Point 2018 also promises a wealth of returning pleasures and perennial favourites, including two of our favourite festival hosts, Shelagh Rogers and Angela Antle; readings and music in the intimate setting of the historic Woody Point Heritage Theatre; and free events throughout the vibrant community of Woody Point, Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Writers at Woody Point is August 14-19, 2018. Stay tuned for updates on our festival lineup. Tickets for the 2018 festival go on sale May 12 at 12 p.m.

For media enquiries, contact:
Stephen Brunt, Artistic Director
Writers at Woody Point
(416) 459-8979

For organizational enquiries, contact:
Diana Chisholm, Executive Director
Writers at Woody Point
(306) 308-0036

Posted on May 7, 2018 .