Festival targets local literati

The first-ever Sidney Literary Festival happens this weekend, featuring reading and workshops from 16 local authors.

The Sidney Literary Festival, which runs Oct. 4 to 6, features nightly galas on Friday and Saturday that include reading for a number of well-known talents.

Friday night listen to readings from author and playwright M.A.C. Farrant; historical non-fiction writer Sylvia Olsen; mystery writer Grant McKenzie; poet Pamela Porter; Nikki Tate, who writes stories for young readers and more. That event will be hosted by Green Party leader and Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May, and CBC radio host Gregor Craigie.

Wendy Morton will host the Saturday event, which features readings from May; humorist Arthur Black; crime writer William Deverell; poet Susan Musgrave; memoir writer Brian Bett, and more.

A Sunday morning breakfast, hosted by May, will include readings from Black, Olsen, Musgrave, Deverell, McKenzie and more.

There are also writing workshops for kids, teens and adults Friday through Saturday. Workshops cover such topics as story-building, writing poetry and travel writing.

Workshops take place at North Saanich middle and Parklands secondary schools, and the Sidney branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library.

Tickets to the different events range from $10 to $30, depending on what you want to take in. The youth workshops are all free.

Tickets to the events, except the Sunday breakfast, are available at Tanner’s Books (2436 Beacon Ave.).

For more information on the Sidney Literary Festival and to see a complete schedule of events, visit sidneyliteraryfestival.com.

 

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