Organizers of Sudbury’s English literary festival have plenty planned for this two-day event which takes place at Sudbury
Secondary and several downtown venues.
This event is organized by the Sudbury Arts Council for people who enjoy reading and talking about books as well as for writers
of all genres who want to improve their craft. Wannabe writers looking for inspiration and guidance will find workshops of particular interest. An evening event with two of Canada’s funniest writers, Terry Fallis and Sandra Shamas, is planned for June 19.
Fallis is the author of four national bestselling novels. His The Best Laid Plans and No Relation both won the Leacock Medal for Humour. CBC’s Canada Reads in 2011 named The Best Laid Plans as the “essential Canadian novel of the decade.” His fifth novel, Poles Apart, will be released in bookstores this October.
Sudbury-born comic Sandra Shamas, writes, directs, produces and performs her own works, which usually take the form of one-woman monologues using her life story as material. Shamas has won a Gemini for Best Performance in Comedy. She was also a finalist for the Leacock Medal for Humour in 1998 for her one-woman trilogy My Boyfriend’s Back and There’s Gonna Be Laundry.
Tickets for the Friday evening at the Sheridan Auditorium are $25.
The festival continues Saturday with writing and publishing workshops from 9:30 am to 5 pm at Sudbury Secondary. Speakers include Mick Lowe, Joe Kertes from Humber College, Marty Gervais and Mark Leslie.
Spoken-word artist and musician Corin Raymond will perform at the Motley Kitchen (70 Young St.) Saturday evening. Dinner tickets for this event are $50 and tickets for the performance only are $25. A “pass-the-hat event” will take place Saturday evening at Speakeasy on Durham St.
For more information about the festival and additional ticket information, visit the Wordstock Sudbury website: wordstock
sudbury.com. Tickets can be purchased online.