Gary Barwin discussing his latest work at a recent festival. (Sidney LitFest)

Sidney LitFest brings big readings to Saanich Peninsula

Festival runs April 11 to 14 at SHOAL and Mary Winspear centres

Sidney LitFest turns a page Thursday, opening with Esi Edugyan in Conversation with Carla Funk at the SHOAL Centre.

The 2019 Sidney LitFest runs April 11 to 14 with a goal to celebrate readers and writers and the books that bring them together. The 2019 event features two venues this year, the Mary Winspear Centre and the SHOAL Centre.

The festival was started in 2013 by Sharon Hope and Wendy Picken, and is held every two years. Despite starting small, it continues to grow and 550 people attended the last event.

In attendance will be 16 well-known authors, including a number of local writers, who are nationally recognized.

RELATED: Sidney LitFest opens a new chapter

Friday night enjoy Wine, Words and Music: The Art and Reality of Being a Writer, a panel discussion moderated by Susan Reece with Kate Harris, CC Humphreys, Susan Juby and Kathy Page starting at 7 p.m.

Saturday is filled with writing workshops at the Mary Winspear Centre, staring with the morning reading with Carmen Aguirre, Lorna Crozier and Kate Harris followed by a reading with Steven Heighton and Wayne Johnston. The afternoon starts with the panel discussion, Resilience, Refuge, and Renewal: how have you used these themes to tell your story? moderated by Susan Simosko with Kathy Page, Monique Gray Smith and Timothy Taylor, followed by a reading with CC Humphreys and Fred Stenson.

Saturday at 7 p.m. enjoy Authors Ashore on a Saturday Night: Finding the power to discover and live my own life at the Mary Winspear Centre. This panel discussion is moderated by Jack Knox with David Chariandy, Lorna Crozier, Steven Heighton, Wayne Johnston and Darrel J. McLeod.

Visit sidneyliteraryfestival.ca for more information.



c.vanreeuwyk@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Victoria City Council approves inclusionary housing policy

After years of back and forth, the policy will be ratified in two weeks

Filipino Heritage Month event takes over Centennial Square

Dancing, music and food highlight Mabuhay Day celebration in Victoria

West Shore residents report finding anti-SOGI 123 flyers in mailboxes

SD62 trustee Ravi Parmar says the flyers are ‘garbage’

Tsartlip canoe team pulls for international glory in Australia

Geronimo Canoe Club paddles to Victoria to kick-start fundraising

Victoria Weekender: What’s happening this weekend, June 15-16

Car Free YYJ, a barber battle and an Outdoor Discovery Day

Homalco tour gives glimpse into area’s ‘People, Land, Water’

First Nation business mixes cultural components with wildlife excursions

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Most Read