This year’s Wild Words North Writers’ Festival continues today with a series of virtual workshops and a reading from the Parliament of Canada Poet Laureate.
This year’s Wild Words North Writers’ Festival continues this weekend with a series of virtual workshops and a reading from the Poet Laureate of the Canadian Parliament.
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“From songwriting to storytelling, from student writers to those who have been creating for decades, Wild Words North hopes to encourage writers in our region to share and learn and in doing so broaden PLRAC’s mandate to offer opportunities for arts, culture and heritage for the people of northeastern British Columbia, ”says artistic director Donna Kane.
The Saturday afternoon includes a reading and discussion with Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer, who was named Canada’s Poet Laureate for 2021-2022 earlier this year.
Halfe is the ninth poet to hold the title, and well regarded and awarded for his works Bear bones and feathers (1994), Blue Marrow (2004), The twisted good (2007) and Burning in this midnight dream (2016) and for incorporating the Cree language and teachings into his works.
Halfe will be joined by writing professor Gregory Scofield of the University of Victoria, who won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 1994 for his first collection, The Gathering: Stones for the Medicine Wheel, and has since published seven more volumes of poetry.
The Writers’ Festival opened on Friday with performances by Theresa Gladue, Serena Brent, Paul Brent, Penny Dumais and Shelley Supernant.
It also offers readings this weekend by local writers Denise Gardiner and Norma Rrae, as well as Tim Lilburn, Jan Swicky, Robert Bringhurst and George Murray.
This year’s Ekphrastic writing exhibit, which focuses on a writer’s response to a visual artwork, features readings by Seanah Roper, Jeannie Lindgren, Pamela den Ouden, and Shannon M. Craig.
Workshops include the art of writing children’s books, how to produce a literary podcast, and a crash course in publishing.
The Wild Words North Festival continues until Sunday, September 26. Many festival events can be found and replayed on the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council YouTube channel.