Our 2016 festival features an amazing group of writers from Newfoundland and the rest of Canada. 

Woody Point’s own Lawrence Hill will be reading from his critically-acclaimed and best-selling novel The Illegal. We are thrilled that Guy Vanderhaeghe, a three-time winner of the Governor General’s Award and one of this country’s most significant writers, will be making his Woody Point debut. So will Heather O’Neill, winner of Canada Reads 2007 and twice shortlisted for the Giller Prize.

Donna Morrissey and Ed Riche will return, each with a new novel. Winterset winner Megan Coles, one of the brightest (and funniest) young writing talents in Newfoundland, joins us for the first time, as does Patrick Warner, who will read from his new novel One Hit Wonders. And we are very pleased that Madeleine Thien will be reading from one of the most anticipated novels of 2016.


Music has always been an important part of our festival and this year's performances are not to be missed. 

Ron Sexsmith will open the festival with concerts on August 16th and 17th in the intimate surroundings of the Shelagh Rogers Auditorium at the Woody Point Heritage Theatre.

During the festival, our other featured musicians will be Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne, superb Newfoundland traditional musicians; Stephen Fearing, who is known both for his solo work and as one third of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings; Amelia Curran, a friend and favorite of the festival; and jazz vocalist Diana Panton (accompanied by guitarist Reg Schwager), who won a 2015 Juno for her album Red.

And yes, Shane Murphy will be back on Saturday night.


Our Hosts


Shelagh Rogers is a broadcast journalist with CBC Radio, and is currently the host of The Next Chapter. She is the author of Canada, published by Key Porter. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Western Ontario and is the winner of the John Drainie Award, Canadian broadcasting's highest honour. In 2010, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for her contributions as a promoter of Canadian culture, and for her volunteer work in the fields of mental health and literacy”. 

Angela Antle, the popular host of CBC Radio’s Weekend Arts Magazine, is a multi-media artist and an independent TV producer with a growing expertise in unscripted television. She co-developed the W network series "Majumder Manor" and is currently producing a new TV series called "Looking for Love" which won the international 2012 MIPTV pitch contest in Cannes. 

Since winning his first poetry prize in 1986, Michael Crummey has continued to receive accolades for his poetry and prose. Among his many awards and nominations have been the Winterset Award and the Thomas Head Raddall Award, and he has been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. 


Rick Mercer is a Newfoundland-born comedian, television personality, political satirist and author. He is best known for his work on the CBC Television comedy shows This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Rick Mercer Report. He is the author of three books, and has received more than 25 Gemini Awards for his work on television. Rick will appear on the Woody Point Heritage Theatre’s stage for the first time, in conversation with Ed Riche.

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We acknowledge the support of ArtsNL, which last year invested $2.5 million to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

About Writers at Woody Point

Heading into its 13th year, Writers at Woody Point is firmly rooted in Newfoundland literature, attracting both writers from abroad and those nurtured here at home. During the festival, writers and musicians can connect with their audience in intimate venues, over dinner and drinks, or on a hike into the pristine hills. And they can soak up the area's own creative talent at exhibits of art and crafts, musical performances and impromptu after-hours celebrations that combine jam sessions, dancing and lots of laughter.


Video by Jim MacDonald from our 2012 Festival