SPARKS Literary Festival

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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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Memorial’s CHMR Radio (93.5 FM) will be broadcasting readings from the 2015 SPARKS Literary Festival beginning Thursday April 9. Broadcasts will be at at 10 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

April 9
  • Don Austin
  • Don McKay
  • Ed Kavanagh
April 16
  • Thomas McCarthy
  • Tracey Waddleton
  • Lyndon McIntyre
April 23
  • Shoshanna Wingate
  • Stan Dragland
  • Jenny Higgins
April 30
  • Beth Ryan
  • Janet McNoughton
  • Melissa Barbeau
May 7
  • Don Austin (repeat)
  • Russell Wangersky
  • Michael Crummey
  • Lyndon McIntyre (repeat)


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!