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2017 Festival Schedule

August 10th - 13th, 2017

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Festival Weekend

Thursday August

8:00 p.m. - "The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent"

Summary: “The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent” – Film presentation. This is a pre-opening special event. Details to be announced.

Friday August

10:30 a.m. - "Book Launch - "Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge""Readers/Writers
Pam Hall

Summary: Pam Hall will launch her new book "Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge", published by Breakwater Books 2017.
FREE EVENT. See the media tab for full details.

3:00 p.m. - "Canadiana Voices"Readers/Writers
Anakana Schofield
Esi Edugyan
Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Ramona Dearing

Summary: Join host Ramona Dearing as she talks to award-winning Canadian authors Anakana Schofield, Esi Edugyan and Elisabeth de Mariaffi about their influences and writing habits, the impact of being nominated for and winning awards and the pressures of writing in the spotlight.

8:00 p.m. - "Sci-Fi in Eastport"Readers/Writers
Kenneth Tam
Janet McNaughton
Susan MacDonald

Mack Furlong

Summary: Science Fiction authors Kenneth Tam, Janet McNaughton and Susan MacDonald chat with host Mack Furlong about their writing lives, their inspiration and their love for the written word.

Saturday August

10:30 a.m. - "Smallwood"Readers/Writers
Bert Riggs
Bill Rowe
Ron Crocker

Anne Budgell

Summary: A panel of local experts will look at the life of Joseph Smallwood: Bert Riggs will present a 15 minute talk about Smallwood the writer, followed by a discussion on Smallwood the propagandist and politician featuring Bill Rowe and Ron Crocker. This session is hosted by Anne Budgell.

12:30 p.m. - "Wild Plants of Sandy Cove"Host
Todd Boland

Summary: Botanist and author Todd Boland will lead a lively and spirited walk through a local trail in Sandy Cove. Two sessions 12:30 pm (Sold Out) and 2:30 pm.

2:30 p.m. - "Wild Plants of Sandy Cove - # 2"Host
Todd Boland

Summary: Botanist and author Todd Boland will lead a lively and spirited walk through a local trail in Sandy Cove. Two sessions 12:30 pm (Sold Out) and 2:30 pm.

2:30 p.m. - "Lyrical Voices"Singers/Songwriters
Nick Earle
Joseph Coffin

Jamie Fitzpatrick

Summary: Jamie Fitzpatrick will host this informal session with two emerging song writers, Nick Earle and Joseph Coffin, focusing on the challenges of breaking into the arts scene in Newfoundland and Labrador.

4:00 p.m. - "Interactive Colouring Book Session"Plays/Events
Jennifer Morgan
Dawn Baker
Kathy Sweetapple.

Catherine Hogan Safer

Summary: Hosted by Catherine Hogan Safer this session will feature colouring book artists Jennifer Morgan, Dawn Baker and Kathy Sweetapple. The venue for this hands on session is the Society of United Fishermen Hall, Eastport

5:00 p.m. - "Royal Canadian Legion Fish Supper"

Summary: The Royal Canadian Legion will be hosting its famous fish supper. Two sittings: 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.This is an independent event. Tickets can be purchased from the Legion after June 30th by calling 709-677-2191.

8:00 p.m. - "BMO Winterset Award Voices"Readers/Writers
Robert Chafe
Michael Crummey
Paul Rowe

Michael Enright

Summary: Join the 2016 BMO Winterset Award finalists Robert Chafe, Michael Crummey and Paul Rowe as they talk about their respective works with Winterset’s founding host Michael Enright.

10:00 p.m. - "Festival Community Reception"Host
Patricia Parsons and the Board of Directors

Summary: Immediately following BMO Winterset Award Voices, the Festival Committee is pleased to invite all Winterset in Summer event audiences to attend a reception in the Centre's Foyer where they will have an opportunity to meet this year's writers, artists, musicians and panel hosts.

Sunday August

10:00 a.m. - "Storytelling"Readers/Writers
Paul Dean
Mary Fearon
Dave Paddon

Chris Brookes

Summary: Join storytellers Paul Dean, Mary Fearon, Dave Paddon and host Chris Brookes as they delight us by putting their observations and experiences into story form; reminiscing about days gone by or just telling a funny tale.
The venue for this session is St. Stephen's Church, Salvage.

12:30 p.m. - "Lunchtime Readings"Readers/Writers
Elisabeth de Mariaffi
Catherine Hogan Safer

Eleanor Dawson (facilitator)

Summary: Local writer Elisabeth de Mariaffi will read from her first thriller, "The Devil You Know". Catherine Hogan Safer will join her reading from her collection of short stories, "Wild Pieces". This session is facilitated by Eleanor Dawson.

2:30 p.m. - "Lady Cove Women's Choir in Concert"Plays/Events
Lady Cove Women's Choir

Summary: Performing regularly to sold-out audiences, Lady Cove has garnered a national and international reputation for excellence, not only for its high level of performance but also for its innovation and creativity. The concert will include the premiere of a commissioned Beothuk-themed composition by St. John’s native Kathleen Allan (composer, conductor, soprano), inspired by Bernice Morgan’s Cloud of Bone.

The venue for this concert is Holy Cross Church, Eastport. This wooden church with its high vaulted ceilings and wonderful acoustics is the perfect location to enjoy this very special concert.