Returning to the Woody Point Heritage Theatre on August 16, 2016. Visit for details.

Our 2016 festival features an amazing group of writers from Newfoundland and the rest of Canada.

Woody Point’s own Lawrence Hill will be reading from his critically-acclaimed and best-selling novel The Illegal. We are thrilled that Guy Vanderhaeghe, a three-time winner of the Governor General’s Award and one of this country’s most significant writers, will be making his Woody Point debut. So will Heather O’Neill, winner of Canada Reads 2007 and twice shortlisted for the Giller Prize.

Donna Morrissey and Ed Riche will return, each with a new novel. Winterset winner Megan Coles, one of the brightest (and funniest) young writing talents in Newfoundland, joins us for the first time, as does Patrick Warner, who will read from his new novel One Hit Wonders. And we are very pleased that Madeleine Thien will be reading from one of the most anticipated novels of 2016.

Music has always been an important part of our festival and this year's performances are not to be missed. 

Ron Sexsmith will open the festival with concerts on August 16th and 17th in the intimate surroundings of the Shelagh Rogers Auditorium at the Woody Point Heritage Theatre.

During the festival, our other featured musicians will be Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne, superb Newfoundland traditional musicians; Stephen Fearing, who is known both for his solo work and as one third of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings; Amelia Curran, a friend and favorite of the festival; and jazz vocalist Diana Panton (accompanied by guitarist Reg Schwager), who won a 2015 Juno for her album Red.

And yes, Shane Murphy will be back on Saturday night.