Ask anyone if they’ve been to a music festival and chances are they’ll say yes. Ask those same people if they’ve been to a writing festival and you might get a less unanimous response.
If you are one of those people who haven’t yet attended a writing festival and are wondering if you should, here’s what Words North will offer and why you won’t want to miss it!
From September 27-30th writers from across the country working in genres ranging from poetry, prose, spoken word, and song writing will converge in Dawson Creek to participate in 16 different readings, panel discussions, presentations and workshops. This three-day festival, administered by the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council, will feature writers such as Nobel laureate-honoured Helen Knott, Scotia Bank Giller Prize nominee Jeanette Lynes, Socan’s inaugural Indigenous Songwriter Award-winner Jasmine Netsena, and Clea Roberts, a Yukon poet whose first book was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry in Canada.
Audience members will have the opportunity to hear these writers (along with many of our regional writers) share their work, their techniques in the craft of writing, and their experiences with publishing and the digital age.
Is this festival just for writers? Absolutely not! Anyone who enjoys music or books will enjoy these events.
And that’s not all. Words North will also showcase the region’s visual artists by displaying work inspired by the words of the festival’s feature poets. The opening of the Words North Art Exhibit will take place Thursday, September 27th at 7 pm at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre in Dawson Creek and will be held in conjunction with the opening of Words North. Admission to this opening event is free to all community members.
Tickets for the rest of the festival are limited so be sure to get yours early. Full festival details and schedule are available on the PLRAC website www.peaceliardarts.org .
The PLRAC sincerely thanks the BC Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Peace River Regional District, the Northern Rockies Regional Muncipality, and many more sponsors for making this festival—the first of its kind in northeast BC—possible.