(Ottawa, April 3, 2012)–From April 26 to April 30, 2012 the National Capital will be home to over forty of the world’s most respected writers and thinkers in a celebration of fiction, poetry, memoir, music, slam poetry, spoken word, great food and erotica.
“I am especially excited about our musical language component this Spring,” says Artistic Director Sean Wilson. “We’ve got the world-premiere of Mike Dubue’s ‘Memories of Fact and Fiction’ and he’s collaborating with Ian Keteku, Socalled, Octavie Dostaler and Lynn Miles. You can’t beat that! And the icing on the cake is Alan Neal’s ‘All in A Day Songwriting Circle’ for our closing night special. Alan is keeping a lid on the line-up until April 12 but we’re in for another blockbuster.”
The complete Spring Edition is now online at writersfestival.org.
Visit us online for Festival Membership details as well as our pre-Festival special events with Greeta Vosper (April 15) and New Perspectives on the Middle East (April 22) with Sayed Kashua and Adhaf Soueif. All mainstage events are free for Festival Members and Volunteers and thanks to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, free for Carleton University students.
Memberships, Festival Passes and tickets are available online and by calling the box office at 613-562-1243.
SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS include: Giller Prize winners Vincent Lam and Linden MacIntyre, and Governor General’s Award winner Charles Foran all return to The Festival. World Poetry Slam champion Ian Keteku hosts a master class on Slam poetry and Spoken Word.
Award winning Investigative journalist Bruce Livesay and David Rothkopf, visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, share the stage to discuss the role of global corporate influence, the financial crisis and the rise of private power.
CBC correspondent Nahlah Ayed traces her journey from refugee camp to the Arab Spring in a moving memoir chronicling a life of upheaval and the quest for justice and peace in the Middle East.
The Occupy Movement is front and centre during the Spring Edition with a unique take on what could be the beginning of a revolutionary approach to social change.
Take a walk on the wild side with CockTales an evening of prose exploring lust and desire and the power of intimacy to heal and harm.
For media enquires on this event or to arrange author interviews, please contact Sean Wilson, Artistic Director, at (613) 562-3844 or email@example.com.