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Time Event
10 - 10.15 a.m. Opening Remarks
Dr. Lynne Phillips, Dean of Arts
Dr. Jennifer Lokash, Head, Department of English
10.20 - 11.40 a.m. SESSION 1
Chair: Dr. Joel Deshaye
Writers: Joan Clark, Jacqueline Hynes, Andrew Peacock, Elisabeth de Mariaffi
11.40 a.m. - 12 p.m. Book signing
12 - 1 p.m. Lunch Break
1 - 2.20 p.m. SESSION 2
Chair: Dr. Lawrence Mathews
Writers: Libby Creelman, Dave Andrews, Mary Dalton, Megan Gail Coles
2.20 - 2.40 p.m. Coffee Break
2.40 - 4.00 p.m. SESSION 3
Chair: Dr. Danine Farquharson
Writers: Robert Finley, Patrick Warner, Sara Tilley, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
4 - 4.15 p.m. Coffee Break
4.15 - 5:30 p.m. SESSION 4
Chair: Professor Lisa Moore
Writers: George Murray, Sharon Bala, Heather O’Neill, Robert Chafe
5:30 – 6:00 pm SPARKS Poetry Prize Announcement
Cox and Palmer SPARKS Creative Writing Award Announcement
Brief closing remarks: Jennifer Lokash
6 p.m. Reception for all in the Hutton Choral Room (MU-1032)


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!