SPARKS Literary Festival

Come join us to celebrate the power of the written and spoken word at the 2015 SPARKS Literary Festival. Now in its sixth year, SPARKS will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Suncor Energy Hall, School of Music, with a reception following. Free parking is available in Lot 15B next to the School of Music Building. (Map)

Unique in the St. John's area, the SPARKS Literary Festival features emerging and established Newfoundland writers in a variety of genres, along with featured visiting writers, reading from their work and participating in informal discussions throughout the day.

For more information on SPARKS 2015 view our list of authors or consult our schedule.

If you have any questions regarding SPARKS, don't hesitate to contact Janet Harron at

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SPARKS reader Irish poet, novelist and critic Thomas McCarthy is also giving a talk at the university during his time here. McCarthy is speaking about two Anglo-Irish novelists, Elizabeth Bowen and Molly Keane (who wrote eleven of her novels as M.J. Farrell), on Monday, January 26, at 8 p.m. in A-1043, off the atrium of the Arts and Administration Building at Memorial University. There is free parking for the event in Lot 15B, near the School of Music.

Novelists Bowen and Keane both explore the cultural landscape of the big country houses in southern Ireland. In his discussion of their lives and writing McCarthy touches on matters of interest to creative writers as well as to readers and scholars.

This talk is sponsored by Culture Ireland and the Scholarship in the Arts Fund of Memorial University of Newfoundland, in co-operation with the SPARKS Literary Festival.


The SPARKS Literary Festival was established in 2009 to celebrate the literary creations of Newfoundland and Labrador. An initiative by poet and professor Mary Dalton, founder and director, with the support of the Faculty of Arts, SPARKS showcases writers at various stages of their creative lives and is what Dalton has called a "word spree." The festival also makes available displays of books and journals published in Newfoundland and Labrador and a mini-bookstore featuring books by the authors reading.


SPARKS Literary Festival is active on Facebook. Visit our page for the social side of SPARKS!