Lakefield Literary Festival – July 12 – 14 [Lakefield]

The Lakefield Literary Festival celebrates its rich literary heritage each July on the weekend closest to Margaret Laurence’s birthday, and showcases many current Canadian authors. The festival was created to celebrate the work of Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie and Margaret Laurence, among others, all of whom lived and wrote in Lakefield.


Saturday July 13
9:30 am Cenotaph Park.

Admission: Free to all. Donations are appreciated.
We are excited to bring together the award-winning creators of the Stanley picture books and the Good Times Travel Agency series, author Linda Bailey and illustrator, Bill Slavin. Linda will also tell the story Toads on Toast, her newest picture book. Bill’s love of comics shines through in his graphic novel series, Elephants Never Forget. He is pleased to present the latest book in the series. Bill’s partner in life and work, Esperança Melo is the designer of this year’s Festival T-shirts. Her newest books include Mr. Dash and the Cupcake Calamity and Jojo the Giant, nominated for the 2013 Blue Spruce Award.

2:30pm Bryan Jones Theatre, Lakefield College School

Admission: $20.00
Join host and Trent University teacher, Lewis MacLeod, as we greet a giant in the Canadian publishing world, Douglas Gibson and many famous Canadian authors. The one-man show based on his most recent book, Stories About Storytellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau and Others, consists of Douglas telling stories about the authors he got to know well in the course of his amazing career as their Editor and Publisher. Each of the 21 authors he discusses at length appears on a central screen behind him in a lively caricature specially created by the mischievous Tony Jenkins of The Globe and Mail. Over 40 versions of the unique show have been given in eight provinces across Canada since October 2011 producing reactions such as “hilarious”, “moving” and “entertaining and informative.” This presentation could only come from someone who has had a long and fascinating career working behind the scenes with some of the most memorable literary men and women of our era.

And more events scheduled!
Purchase tickets on-line or by mail. See website for details.

Teen Writers Could Win $100 in Lakefield Literary Contest: Deadline May 10 [closed] you ready? The deadline is fast approaching! 

Each year the Lakefield Literary Festival awards six teen writers for their work in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Winners will receive $100 and see their work published in The Peterborough Examiner and online in the Young Writers Contest Ebook.

The rules:

1. Writers can enter through their schools or by mailing in their entry on their own.

2. There are two divisions: Junior (Grades 9, 10) and Senior (Grades 11, 12).

3. Genres are fiction prose, non-fiction prose and poetry. Writers are free to choose their topic and subject. Literary critiques and journalism assignments are not accepted. Writers can enter only one piece in each category.

4. Entries must be entirely original and suitable for copywright. Avoid using trade names in the piece. Quotations and paraphrases must be attributed.

5. Entries must be 500-1,000 words in length (with a few words either way acceptable). Take time to revise and review before submitting.

6. The title page must be a separate first sheet with name, grade, name of teacher, name of school, writer’s address, telephone number and whether the entry is fiction, non-fiction or poetry. Include an email address if possible.

7. Submit four copies of each entry.

8. The deadline is 6 p.m. on Friday, May 10. Entries can be handed in to teachers or mailed to Young Writers at the Lakefield Literary Festival, Box 1114, Lakefield, Ont., K0L 2H0.

9. Prizes go to best fiction, best non-fiction and best poetry, in senior and junior divisions, six prizes in all. Each winner receives $100 at an awards ceremony at the Lakefield Literary Festival on July 13.