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Summer festival roundup: Writers at Woody Point

In the June issue of Q&Q, we tour five of the country’s most intriguing literary festivals.

Richard Wagamese at an outdoor reading (Photo: Tom Cochrane)

Writers at Woody Point
August 22“26, Woody Point, Newfoundland

The village of Woody Point (population 300) more than doubles in size during its annual writers’ festival, with tickets selling out in minutes. Hosted by CBC Radio’s Shelagh Rogers, Woody Point boasts a who’s who of Newfoundland literature, late-night parties,  musical performances by the likes of Sarah Harmer, John K. Samson, and the legendary Ron Hynes, against the gorgeous landscape of Gros Morne National Park.

2011 attendance: 500

Notable past authors: Joseph Boyden, Emma Donoghue, Lisa Moore, Steven Galloway, Russell Wangersky, Kathleen Winter, Michael Winter, Joel Thomas Hynes

This year’s highlights: Readings by Michael Ondaatje and Richard Ford