Snapshot of 2015 Winterset in Summer Festival

“Lyrical Voices”

Once again Winterset will kick off the Festival weekend in a fine Newfoundland style with musicians Brianna Gosse, Emma Peckford and Steve Maloney joining host Jamie Fitzpatrick, in a celebration of singing and song writing.

Singers/Songwriters: Emma Peckford, Brianna Gosse, Steve Maloney

Host: Jamie Fitzpatrick

“Leacock Voices”

Winners of the Stephen Leacock Award , Bill Conall (The Promised Land -2014), Terry Fallis (The Best Laid Plans -2008 and No Relation – 2015) and Cassie Stocks (Dance Gladys Dance -2013) talk seriously about writing literary humour with host Mack Furlong .

Readers/Writers: Bill Conall, Terry Fallis, Cassie Stocks

Host: Mack Furlong

“Dancing Voices”

nique documentarian and dancer Louise Moyes will perform compelling interpretations of short stories by Mavis Gallant and Lisa Moore, accompanied by music composed by Duane Andrews. The “Docudance” performance is followed by a discussion with Louise Moyes, Lisa Moore and Carol Bishop Gwyn.

Musicians/Writers: Louise Moyes, Lisa Moore

Host: Carol Bishop Gwyn

“New Voices”

First time published authors Denise Batten (Emily), Jenny Higgins (Perished) and Andrew Peacock (Creatures of the Rock) will discuss

the challenges of getting from the page to the publisher with host Bert Riggs.

Readers/Writers: Denise Batten, Jenny Higgins, Andrew Peacock

Host: Bert Riggs

“A Ray Guy Retrospective”

Noted columnists Rick Salutin and Bob Wakeham, actress/writer Mary Walsh, and Ron Crocker will take a look back at the wonderful,controversial humour and satire of Ray Guy’s writing, in discussion with host Noreen Golfman.

Readers/Writers: Ron Crocker, Rick Salutin, Bob Wakeham,Mary Walsh

Host: Noreen Golfman

“Festival Community 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.

Host: Randy Street, Festival Chair

“BMO Winterset Award Voices”

Join the 2014 BMO Winterset Award finalists Megan Gail Coles, Michael Crummey and Alan Doyle as they read from their respective works, enjoy conversation with each other, and with host Michael Enright and the audience. Alan Doyle will be on a concert tour but will be providing a pre-recorded reading and plans to join the discussion via Skype.

Readers/Writers: Megan Gail Coles, Michael Crummey, Alan Doyle (via Skype)

Host: Michael Enright

“Royal Canadian Legion Fish Supper”

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. 

“Notable Voices”

2014 National Book Award finalist and internationally-acclaimed writer Emily St. John Mandel talks about her latest bestselling novel, Station Eleven, and her other works with host Pat Parsons.

Readers/Writers: Emily St. John Mandel

Host: Pat Parsons

“Book Launches”

Joan Clark and Rick Salutin will introduce their “hot off the press” books at the Beaches Arts & Heritage Centre.

Joan’s “The Birthday Lunch” was released in June 2015. Rick’s “What Was I Thinking ” was released in May 2015

Readers/Writers: Joan Clark, Rick Salutin

Host: Eleanor Dawson

“The Grand Seduction”

Producer Barb Doran and Winterset in Summer are pleased to sponsor a showing of The Grand Seduction at the Beaches Arts and Heritage Centre on Sunday, August 9th at 8 p.m.. This showing is being held as a gift to the Centre.

Host: Barbara Doran

2015 Sponsors 

2015 – Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council
  • Department of Business, Tourism, Culture & Rural Development

2015 -Festival Friends

  • Betty Badcock
  • Jane Baird and Richard Sharp
  • Peter and Jean Blackie
  • Blackmore Law Office
  • Kay Bradley and Freeman Rumbolt
  • Emma Butler Gallery
  • Roger and Barbara Carpenter
  • Susan Carter and Alan Pickersgill
  • Sheila Curran
  • Noreen Golfman and Stephen Bornstein
  • Margot Duley
  • Tom and Susan Foran
  • John and Jennifer Guy
  • Richard Gwyn and Carol Bishop-Gwyn
  • Bernice and Tom Hallett
  • Anne Hart
  • Georgina and Bob Hedges
  • Marina and Dwight Hewlett
  • Robert and Marjorie Hiscock
  • Kathy Hodder
  • Allen McAfee
  • Rosann Cashin Nichol
  • Jim Oldford and Pauline Duke
  • Patricia and Tolson Parsons
  • Dr. Angela Penney
  • Peter and Lisa Pickersgill
  • Ruth Preston
  • Bert Riggs
  • Bill and Penny Rowe
  • Mary-Deanne Shears
  • Susan Sherk
  • Gerry and Barbara Shortall
  • Randy and Gladys Street
  • Pat and Joanne Thompson
  • Virginia Trieloff
  • Albert and Joyce White

2015 – Principal Sponsors

  • Clarenville Inn
  • Elinor Gill Ratcliffe C.M., O.N.L, LLD (hc)
  • BMO – Bank of Montreal
  • Penguin Random House Canada Limited
  • NALCOR Energy

2015 – Government of Canada

  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Department of Canadian Heritage

Outreach 2015

The Grand Seduction

Producer Barb Doran and Winterset in Summer are pleased to sponsor a showing of The Grand Seduction at the Beaches Arts and Heritage Centre on Sunday, August 9th at 8 p.m.. This showing is being held as a gift to the Centre. Admission is by a minimum donation of $7.00 per person and will be collected at the door.

Emerging Writers’ Workshop

Call for Applications: 2015 WANL-Winterset Emerging Writers’ Workshop

Emerging writers are invited to take part in an intense, inspirational learning opportunity. Winterset in Summer Literary Festival, in partnership with the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL), invites applications from individuals interested in participating in a full-day Emerging Writers’ Workshop on August 6, 2015 in Eastport.

Award-winning authors Richard Gwyn and Cassie Stocks will explore character development and the art of merging passion, inspiration, practicality and perseverance in your writing.

The workshop, supported through Winterset’s Outreach program, will be free of charge for those selected to take part; travel and accommodation are the responsibility of participants.

A $50 travel/accommodation subsidy will be available from WANL upon request for Newfoundland & Labrador resident writers.

Full details and application form:

Sheree Fitch – Writer in Residence at Terra Nova National Park

Winterset in Summer and Terra Nova National Park will again partner to provide a writer in residence at the Park’s Activity Centre from August 3rd to August 6th inclusive. This year’s writer in residence is Canadian best seller Sheree Fitch. Welcome, Sheree!

Sheree Fitch is an educator, literacy activist and author of award winning poetry, picture books, nonfiction, plays and novels for all ages. Her first book, Toes in My Nose, illustrated by Molly Lamb Bobak, was launched in 1987. The books that followed have garnered numerous awards, including The Mr. Christie Award for There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen and the Anne Connor Brimer Award for Mable Murple.If You Could Wear my Sneakers, a book on Children’s Rights commissioned by UNICEF won both the Ontario Silver Birch Award and Atlantic Hackmatack award. In 1998 she won the prestigious Vicky Metcalf award for a body of work inspirational to Canadian Children. She has been goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since 1994 and her lip slippery adventures have taken her to remote parts of the globe. Her work as a poet and literacy educator has taken her to the Arctic as eight-time poet laureate for Peter Gzowski’s fundraisers for literacy and to Bhutan where she taught writing and participated in that country’s first national reading week. Author readings have taken her to Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Belize and Mexico. Currently, she is Honorary Spokesperson for the New Brunswick Coalition for Literacy. The coalition recently initiated the Sheree Fitch Adult Learner Scholarships. She is also Honorary Spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Read to Me Program. This program provides literacy information to new parents and books for newborns. Each year she sponsors a writing competition for New Brunswick Youth. Her latest venture in literacy education includes completing a three year (summer) writer in residency for Somebody’s Daughter – out on the tundra in Nunavut. This is an innovative program for Inuit women started by Bernadette Dean, Sheree’s friend and former student from a writing workshop Fitch held during one of her sojourns to the north. In the fall of 2004, Gooselane Editions released an expanded anniversary edition of her adult book of poetry In This House Are Many Women and Orca published Pocket Rocks, illustrated by Helen Flook. In May 2005, Fitch’s first novel (ages ten and up), The Gravesavers, was published by Doubleday Canada Random House. A coming of age story blended with a historical event – the wreck of S.S. Atlantic in 1873 – Fitch considers the novel “a kind of love letter” to her Maritime home and a celebration of her roots. Her latest books include If I Had A Million Onions, a collection of nonsense for all ages and Peek a Little Boo, a book for babies

Sheree Fitch

Sheree Fitch

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