Snapshot of 2013 Winterset in Summer Festival

“Mysterious Voices”

Three of Canada’s top crime writers discuss how to make it almost impossible for readers to put down their books once they’ve started them.

Readers/Writers: Giles Blunt, “Until the Night” – from the John Cardinal novels, Random House, 2012, Gail Bowen, “The Gifted’, from the Joanne Kilbourn novels, McClelland & Stewart, 2013, Thomas Rendell Curran, “Death of a Lesser Man” – from the Inspector Eric Stride novels, Boulder Publications, 2011

Host: Patricia Parsons

“Winning Voices”

Anne and Lisa will discuss their writing and the impact of award recognition on their writing.

Readers/Writers: Anne Enright, 2007 Man Booker Winner for “The Gathering” and “The Forgotten Waltz”, short-listed for the Orange Prize. Lisa Moore, “February” – shortlisted for the 2009 BMO Winterset Award and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; and ‘Caught”, June 2013.

Host: Lisa Moore

“New and Lyrical Voices”

This panel features new and upcoming writers with host Bert Riggs and songwriters with CBC’s Jamie Fitzpatrick.

Musicians/Writers: Grant Loveys, “Our Gleaming Bones Unrobed”, ECW Press 2012; recognized by the Globe and Mail as one of 2012’s best books of poetry. Lesleyanne Ryan, “Braco”, her first novel, Breakwater Books, 2012. Claire Wilkshire, “Maxine”, her first novel, Breakwater Books, 2013. Joanna Barker, Songwriter & Musician. Ian Foster, Songwriter & Musician

Host: Bert Riggs and Jamie Fitzpatrick

“A Visual Voice”

Jean Claude Roy will provide a slideshow of his work from “Fluctuat nec Mergitur” and discuss how his work has been influenced by the landscape of Newfoundland.

Readers/Writers: Jean Claude Roy, “Fluctuat nec Mergitur”, a collection of images of Newfoundland, Breakwater Books, 2012

Host: Adele Poynter

“Festival Reception”

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.

“BMO Winterset Award Voices”

Andy, Greg and Russell will read from their works and Seamus will lead a discussion on what has influenced their writing.

Readers/Writers: Andy Jones, “Jack & Mary in the Land of Thieves”, Running the Goat Books & Broadsides, 2012, Greg Malone, “Don’t Tell the Newfoundlanders”, Knopf Press, 2012, Russell Wangersky, “Whirl Away”, Thomas Allen Publishers, 2012

Host: Seamus O’Regan

“Hold Fast”

The audience will be able to have a first peek at the film “Hold Fast”, based on Kevin’s novel, and Noreen will lead a discussion with Rosemary and Kevin on the making of the film. It is fitting that this event is being held in Eastport as Kevin was a resident of Eastport when he created this novel.

Readers/Writers: Rosemary House, Producer and Writer, Kevin Major, Writer

Host: Dr. Noreen Golfman

2013 Sponsors 

2013 – Principal Sponsors

  • Elinor Gill Ratcliffe C.M., O.N.L, LLD (hc)
  • BMO Financial Group
  • NALCOR Energy
  • Random House of Canada Limited

2013 – Festival Friends

  • Betty Badcock
  • Jane Baird & Richard Sharp
  • Jean & Peter Blackie
  • Kay Bradley & Freeman Rumbolt
  • Carter Home Designs
  • Rosann Cashin
  • Karen Cole
  • Sheila Curran
  • Easton Hillier Lawrence Preston Barristers & Solicitors
  • Susan & Tom Foran
  • Dr. Angela Penney & Gerry Germain
  • Noreen Golfman & Stephen Bornstein
  • Emma Butler Gallery
  • Jennifer & John Guy
  • Carol Bishop-Gwyn & Richard Gwyn
  • Bernice & Tom Hallett
  • Marina & Dwight Hewett
  • Robert & Marjorie Hiscock
  • Kathy Hodder
  • Kathleen & Allan Huckabone
  • Sue Levert
  • Mario & Patricia MacDonald
  • Allen McAfee
  • John McNicholas & Adele Poynter
  • Barbara Ostroff & Brian Shell
  • Tolson & Patricia Parsons
  • Alan Pickersgill & Susan Carter
  • Lisa Rae & Peter Pickersgill
  • Bert Riggs
  • William & Penelope Rowe
  • Barbara Ryan & Roger Carpenter
  • Sydney Ryan
  • Lisa Salmon
  • Susan Sherk
  • Signe & Waldo Scharwey
  • Gerry & Barbara Shortall
  • Randy & Gladys Street
  • Patrick & Joanne Thompson
  • V. Trieloff
  • Albert & Joyce White

2013 – Government of Newfoundland & Labrador

  • Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council
  • Department of Tourism, Culture & Recreation

2013 – Government of Canada

  • Department of Canadian Heritage
  • Canada Council for the Arts

Outreach 2013

Winterset Goes to Fogo Island!

On Monday, August 12th, following the Festival, Winterset in Summer will partner with the Tilting Recreational and Cultural Society and the Shorefast Foundation for a special panel discussion with Anne Enright of Dublin and Lisa Moore of St. John’s at St. Patrick’s Hall in Tilting, Fogo Island. See the Writers tab for full biographies of Anne and Lisa. Admission to this event is Free.

As part of this event, the Fogo Island Inn has sent the following message:

The Fogo Island Inn extends a warm welcome to all participants of Winterset in Summer Literary Festival on the Eastport Peninsula on August 9 through to 11, 2013.

The neighbouring Fogo Island Inn is making a community week of the occasion by encouraging all Winterset participants to spend two full board nights at the Inn, of which one night will be complimentary. This complimentary night will be offered exclusively to Winterset participants in the period of August 12 through to 18, 2013.

This Winterset in Summer offer requires proof of Winterset attendance and may be booked by calling (709) 658-3444 or by email at:

Winterset in Summer at Terra Nova National Park

Terra Nova National Park and Winterset in Summer are partnering from August 5th to August 8th to hold reading workshops with award-winning children’s writer, Martin Springett. All workshops will be held at the Park’s Activity Centre at 10 a.m. On Wednesday, August 7th, Martin will hold an additional session at the Beaches Library in Eastport at 2 p.m.

Martin Springett was born in England and emigrated with his family to Vancouver Island, Canada at the age of eighteen. Martin worked as a musician for some years on the West Coast, and toured in the U K and Europe. After moving to Toronto in 1978 Martin worked for all the major national magazines and newspapers. In 1984 Martin was asked to illustrate the covers for Guy Gavriel Kay’s “Fionavar Tapestry”, a trilogy now considered a classic in the fantasy genre. Martin’s covers for this very popular series have been sold to publishers all over the world.

These images led directly to Martin’s first illustrated picture book, “Mei Ming and the Dragons Daughter”, published by Scolastic. Martin has illustrated many picture books since then, including “The Follower” and “Who” ( nominated for the Governor Generals Award, Illustration ) written by Richard Thompson, and many Y A fantasy book covers. Martin, along with author Richard Thompson, was the recipient of the Ruth Schwartz award for “The Night Walker”.

In September of 2006 Jousting With Jesters, martin’s first authored and illustrated book was published Orca Book Publishers of Victoria.

In October 2011 Fitzhenry and Whiteside published Martin’s authored and illustrated picture book Breakfast On A Dragon’s Tail, and Other Book Bites.

In April of 2012, Penguin will published Kate and Pippin, An Unlikely Love Story. This book is co authored with his sister Isobel, a professional photographer.

In November 2012 Martin finished his first graphic novel, What’s For Dinner? a self published work.

Martin has continued his love affair with music and the guitar, releasing five CDs of original music since 2005, including Bright Weaving, an album of music inspired by the works of Guy Gavriel Kay and Diving Into Small Pools his autobiography in song and interesting noises.

Martin is also a popular presenter in schools and libraries across the country.

Martin lives and works in Toronto, with his wife Hilary, daughters Rebecca and Miriam, a cocker spaniel named Orla.

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