SPARKS welcome from Dr. Nancy Pedri, English Department Head & Dr. Natasha Hurley, Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. Stan Dragland tribute
Moderated by Dr. Rob Ormsby
Moderated by Dr. Jamie Skidmore
Moderated by Andrew Hawthorn
Moderated by Heidi Wicks
Moderated by Dr. Helene Staveley
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 Humanities and Social Sciences, 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.