The 2022 Port Medway Readers’ Festival
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF THE PORT MEDWAY READERS’ FESTIVAL!
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the festival and we’re thrilled to announce that we’re back! Founded by Philip Slayton and Cynthia Wine, the festival was launched to introduce celebrated Canadian authors and emerging writers to a beautiful part of the world and so their friends, neighbours, and community could meet and hear from authors first hand.
The festival brings readers and writers together in the intimate setting of the the historic Meeting House, with an opportunity for interaction after each event. The after event takes place at the Port Medway FireHall with food and drink and books on offer.
The Festival is entirely operated by a volunteer board of directors and funded by you and our sponsors. We wish to thank Cynthia and Philip for giving us a beautiful foundation to build upon and for their continuing support and collaboration.
To mark our 20th anniversary, PEN Canada will join us for the first time. You will notice an empty chair on stage. On the chair is a photo of an author who has suffered severe persecution. It symbolizes imprisoned writers around the world whose voices have been silenced by censorship and tyranny.
PEN Canada defends freedom of expression in Canada, promotes literature, and works for the release of imprisoned writers worldwide. It is part of a network of 145 centres across the globe comprised of poets, publishers, essayists, editors and novelists. Find more information about PEN at the front desk of the Meeting House or visit pencanada.ca
We are also celebrating this year with some of Canada’s most cherished authors from across the country. We proudly present our lineup: Margaret Atwood, Linden MacIntyre, and Steven Price.
Tickets remain at $25, food and drink included.
We have been overwhelmed by requests for tickets from enthusiastic subscribers and first-timers. We thank you very much and are fulfilling as many as we possibly can. Please watch your inbox for updates on your ticket status.
Please note that the Meeting House is small. For that reason, we are requiring you bring proof of vaccination and wear a mask during the reading and strongly suggest you continue to wear one at the Fire Hall afterparty except when eating or drinking. Hand sanitizer will be available at both locations.
We have a created a wait list hoping that we will ultimately be able to fulfill all your requests. If you learn that you will be unable to attend any or all of the events could you please contact the festival as soon as possible so that we are able re-assign the tickets.
Your support is greatly appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you to the 20th Anniversary Festival.
OUR READERS FOR 2022
MARGARET ATWOOD – JULY 9
THIS READING IS SOLD OUT.
Internationally acclaimed author, environmentalist, and humanitarian, Margaret Atwood, is returning to the festival this year for the third time. Her astounding output of literature, essays, and journalism has captured the attention of grateful millions around the world. She will read from her newest book, Burning Questions.
LINDEN MACINTYRE – JULY 23RD
THIS READING IS SOLD OUT.
Giller, Emmy, and Gemini award-winning author and broadcaster Linden MacIntyre is a return guest, too. He has found a rich vein of inspiration in his east coast upbringing which results in incisive and brilliant fiction. He will read from his latest work, Winter Wives.
STEVEN PRICE – AUGUST 6TH
Very few tickets remain.
Steven Price is both poet and novelist. Two of his novels were shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2016 and 2019. His first book of poetry, Anatomy of Keys, won the Gerald Lampert Award. His most recent novel, Lampedusa, one of the Giller short list selections would have been the subject of his reading when we unfortunately had to cancel the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Anticipation has built up over the past two years and we are excited that he has agreed to be our closing author on August 6, 2022. Steven is currently at work on a new novel.