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LitFest New West 2019

April 26, 2019 @ 12:00 am - April 27, 2019 @ 12:00 am


LitFest New West is New Westminster’s annual literary arts festival. Originally started in 2009 as The Royal City Book Festival, LitFest celebrates the written word. Presented by The Arts Council of New Westminster, Royal City Literary Arts Society, New Westminster Public Library and New West Writers, LitFest New West features readings, interviews, workshops, performances, talks, and poetry for the enjoyment of readers and writers alike.

Showcasing BC’s vibrant talent, the 9th annual LitFest New West returns with an exciting mix of featured author events, writing workshops, and poetry panels running April 26 & 27, 2019 at
venues throughout New Westminster. LitFest New West brings together “Readers, Writers, Community” for two days of celebrating New Westminster’s literary arts community.

The festival will begin with a special kickoff with Natural State: Three Poets at 100 Braid Street Studios from 6:30 – 9:00 pm on Friday April 26, 2019. A poetry panel featuring Jónína Kirton, Rob Taylor, and Isabella Wang will be moderated by Christina Myers. Presented in partnership with the Federation of BC Writers, this event features three accomplished poets sharing their most
recent works.

Saturday features a wide range of author workshops for literary artists looking to develop their skills. Royal City Literary Arts Society have curated four writing workshops taking place on Saturday April 27, 2019 at the Anvil Centre. Presenting authors include a sensory writing workshop with Cynthia Sharp, understanding how literary artists are performers with Tawahum Bige and Chelsea Franz, a flash fiction workshop with Cathleen With and Indigenous
storytelling with Tekatsi’tsaneken Everstz.

Saturday’s featured evening event, Read Aloud: An Evening of Writers, takes place at River Market (7:00 – 9:00 pm) featuring a presentation of New Westminster’s newest Poet Laureate, Alan Hill, the unveiling of the winners of the 2019 Darychuk Law Short Story Competition, a partnership between the New West Hospice Society and the Arts Council of New Westminster.

The festival will be rounded out with a variety of workshops and events happening throughout the community featuring readings by local authors and poets. New West Writers hosts a Critique Session at the Anvil Centre, there will be a Slam Poetry event by the New Westminster Secondary
School Creative Writing Club, and Stories from the Heart will be held in the back room of Old Crow Coffee Co presented by Laughter Zone 101.


April 26, 2019 @ 12:00 am
April 27, 2019 @ 12:00 am
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