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Come join us to celebrate the power of the written and spoken word at the 2016 SPARKS Literary Festival. Now in its seventh year, SPARKS will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 31, 2016 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 2016 view our list of authors or consult our schedule.

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

Don’t miss it!

Living in Two Worlds at the Same Time: An Irish Speaking Family in Ireland

Speaker: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Arts and Administration 1046. 8pm. Admission Free; Parking Lot 15B. We gratefully Acknowledge the support of the Scholarship in the Arts Fund, the Department of English and the Irish Newfoundland Association

2016 SPARKS Literary Festival Broadcast Schedule

February 23rd @ 10 pm

  • Joan Clark
  • Jacqueline Hynes
  • Mary Dalton
  • Elizabeth de Mariaffi

March 1st @ 10 pm

  • Libby Creelman
  • David Andrews
  • Robert Chafe
  • Megan Gail Coles

March 8th @ 10 pm

  • Robert Finley
  • Patrick Warner
  • Sara Tilley
  • Andrew Peacock

March 15th @ 10 pm

  • Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
  • Megan Gail Coles (rebroadcast)
  • George Murray

March 22nd @ 10 pm

  • Sharon Bala
  • Heather O'Neill
  • Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill


The SPARKS Literary Festival was founded in 2009 by poet and professor Mary Dalton, who served as the festival's director for the first 6 years. Now organized by Memorial's Department of English with ongoing support from the Faculty of Arts, SPARKS continues to celebrate the literary creations of Newfoundland and Labrador and showcase writers at various stages of their creative lives. It 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 works by the authors reading at the festival.


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