The 2017 SPARKS Literary Festival ( NEW DATE FEBRUARY 5th)

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The 2017 SPARKS Literary Festival, now in its eight year, will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, FEBRUARY 5th , 2017 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.

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. 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.

One of the featured presenters is Colin Barrett. His debut collection of short stories, Young Skins, was first published in 2013 and won the Guardian UK first book Award, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize. Colin’s fiction has appeared in Stinging Fly, Granta and The New Yorker, among other magazines and journals.

For more information on SPARKS 2017 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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This article was written by Larry Dohey