Monday, March 28, 2011

Girls' School Stories

The front panel image on this year's Elora Writers' Festival brochure is a modified version of the cover illustration (by Balliol Salmon) of Angela Brazil's novel, The Madcap of the School (1917).

Angela Brazil was born in Preston, Lancashire, U.K. in 1869. Between 1905 and her death in 1947 this pioneer of young adult fiction wrote more than fifty so-called "girls' school stories."
The Reader by Ferdinand Heilbuth

Friday, March 25, 2011

May 29, 2011: a Day to Feed the Body, Mind and Soul

May 29 isn't just about a wonderful afternoon of fabulous authors reading from their award-winning stories, poems and novels; you can also be a part of the Food Cycle Ride in support of Centre Wellington Food Bank programmmes.
For more information, go to their web site:
(See "Festival Links" in the column to the right)
Photo: Michael Hale

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Guess Who's Coming to the 2011 Elora Writers' Festival?

Well, you are, of course!

And you're coming to hear this year's stellar line-up of Canadian authors, announced this week:

Johanna Skibsrud
2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner for The Sentimentalists

Richard Greene 
2010 Governor-General's Award poetry winner for Boxing the Compass

Sarah Selecky
Giller short-listed short story author for This Cake is For the Party

Alison Pick 
Multiple award-winning poet and novelist, including her latest, Far to Go

Cynthia Holz
Novelist, essayist, journalist, and author of new novel, Benevolence

Nicholas Ruddock
Award-winning author and poet, whose first novel is The Parabolist

Join us on Sunday, May 29 at Aboyne Hall, Wellington Country Museum and Archives, located in Aboyne, between the towns of Elora and Fergus (directions, here). Readings begin at 1pm and fill the afternoon. Afterwards, the authors join the audience for dinner in Aboyne Hall - and you're welcome to attend, but be sure to reserve your ticket soon.

Tickets ($15 for readings only, $60 for readings and dinner in Aboyne Hall) are available at Roxanne's Reflections Book & Card Shop in Fergus, or by calling 519-843-4391.

And don't forget the Elora Writers' Festival Writing Competition and the EWF Young Writers Contest. The buzz grows until the winners are announced on the day of the Festival. For more information, see our earlier post, here.

Questions? See the "CONTACT US" panel below.