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Pen & Inkling Festival, Sept. 27 to Oct. 2

Coordinated by the Prince Edward Island Writers’ Guild, a series of events and initiatives celebrating and supporting literary arts in the Cultural Capital:  Introduction of French student submissions accepted for the Island Literary Awards; an extensive Writers in Schools program connecting published Island authors with students in the two Charlottetown families of schools (30 school visits); and a compelling Literary event, the Pen & Inkling Festival (Sept 27 - Oct 2, 2011), featuring workshops, readings, the Island Literary Awards, songwriters’ circle, lectures, book launches, exhibits, and guest reading and lecture by one of Canada’s leading Native authors, Drew Hayden Taylor.

24th Annual Island Literary Awards Announce Winners

The 24th Annual Island Literary Awards Ceremony was held Sunday, October 2nd. This annual ceremony was the culmination of the Pen & Inkling Festival, a week-long celebration of literature and the literary arts. The festival included visiting authors, workshops, music and dancing, and was the second of its kind to take place in PEI.

200 people from all over PEI descended on the Guild on Sunday afternoon for the festival’s crowning event. This event was hosted by Fraser McCallum, Erin Casey, and Lee Ellen Pottie, who brought a bi-lingual element to this celebration. This year’s ceremony marks a historical turning point for the annual awards: the Island Literary Awards were able to welcome French language submissions for the first time in the Student Categories. This initiative was made possible due to the City of Charlottetown’s 2011 Cultural Capitals of Canada designation, and the PEI Writers Guild is seeking sponsors to ensure that French categories become an annual and integral part of these Awards.

The PEI Writers’ Guild would like to extend appreciation to The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, the City of Charlottetown, The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, and all private sponsors who make these awards possible year after year.

Award Winners:

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Young Writers' Awards
Honourable Mention - Aily Sho
Third Place – Sharlene Cao
Second Place – Danny Wartman
First Place – Conor Dever

Prix «jeunes écrivains» du ministère de l'Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance
Troisième Prix – Jodi McNeil
Deuxième Prix – Melanie McQuaid
Premier Prix – Emma Hughes

The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Young People’s Creative Writing Awards
Early Elementary Honourable Mentions - Hannah Doucette
Early Elementary Third Place – Jacob Doucette
Early Elementary Second Place – Katie Murphy
Early Elementary First Place – Cassidy MacNeill

Late Elementary Honourable Mention - Shelby Downe
Late Elementary Third Place – Brenna Howatt
Late Elementary Second Place – Marius Van Leeuwen
Late Elementary First Place – Abby Craswell

Junior High Honourable Mention - Victoria Huang
Junior High Honourable Mention - Annie Olivia Compton
Junior High Third Place – Matthew Milton
Junior High Second Place – Nick Scott
Junior High First Place – Jessica Walsh

Senior High Honourable Mentions - Catherine MacDonald
Senior High Third Place – Rachael Arsenault
Senior High Second Place – David Olson
Senior High First Place – Rachael Arsenault 

Prix jeunesse de création littéraire du Club Rotary de Charlottetown pour jeunes Écrivains
Élémentaire 1re, 2e, 3e Mention Honorable - Samuel Harding
Élémentaire 1re, 2e, 3e  Troisième Prix – William Parent
Élémentaire 1re, 2e, 3e  Deuxième Prix – Madison Gagne
Élémentaire 1re, 2e, 3e  Premier Prix – Charles Parent

Élémentaire 4e, 5e, 6e Troisième Prix – Beatrice Masarabakiza
Élémentaire 4e, 5e, 6e Deuxième Prix - Stephanie Arsenault
Élémentaire 4e, 5e, 6e  Premier Prix – Alison Gagnon

Secondaire 7e, 8e, 9e Troisième Prix - Melanie McQuaid
Secondaire 7e, 8e, 9e Deuxième Prix – Alexandre Macdonald
Secondaire 7e, 8e, 9e   Premier Prix – Jacqueline Hughes

Secondaire 10e, 11e, 12e  Mention Honorable - Catherine Macdonald
Secondaire 10e, 11e, 12e Troisième Prix – Amanda Lowe
Secondaire 10e, 11e, 12e  Deuxième Prix – Catherine Macdonald
Secondaire 10e, 11e, 12e  Premier Prix – Lindsay Gillis 

The School Participation Award
English: Gulf Shore Consolidated School
French: École Évangeline

THE MILTON ACORN POETRY AWARDS
Honourable Mention – Susan Buchanan
Honourable Mention – Marcia Gardiner
Acorn Press: Third Place – Marcia Gardiner
Gary & Judy MacDonald: Second Place – Susan Buchanan
Acorn Family: First Place – Patti Sinclair

THE L.M. Montgomery PEI Literature for Children Awards
Heirs of L.M. Third Place – Margaret Weeks
Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Second Place – Susan Topping
First Place – Not Awarded 

THE SHORT STORY AWARDS

Honourable Mention – Tom Marshall
Honourable Mention - Hannah Visser
Metro Credit Union: Third Place – Adelee MacNevin
Maritime Electric: Second Place – Shirley Limbert
The Investors Group: First Place – Susan Buchanan

THE IMAC SCREENPLAY AND PLAYWRIGHTING AWARDS
Third Prize - Marlene Campbell
Cellar Door Productions: Second Place - Carol Little
First Prize - Melissa Heald

THE CREATIVE NON-FICTION AWARDS
The Buzz: Third Place – Roger Gordon
PEI Literacy Alliance: Second Place – Thien Tang
The Guardian: First Place – Bonnie Stewart

The Réshard Gool Award
Recipient - Dylan Riley 

1st Annual Young Writers Service Award
Yvette Doucette

Joseph Sherman Award
Matt Rainie

Award For Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts of PEI
Jane Ledwell


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Pen & Inkling Festival

 Charlottetown, September 15th, 2011– A start-studded celebration of the literary arts will take place in Charlottetown between September 27 and October 2, 2011. The festival will kick off with Wayne Johnston, author of *The Colony of Unrequited Dreams*, reading from his new book: *A World Elsewhere* at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Illustrious poet and musician Tanya Davis, as well as local celebrities Meaghan Blanchard, Fraser McCallum, Nudie, and Drea Macdonald will fill the Haviland Club with song on September 28th, for a songwriters circle that will reflect upon the art of writing poetry as lyrics.

 Several workshops will strengthen the literary and artistic skills of the community; Ray Cronin of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will do a valuable workshop on writing critically about the arts; Tanya Davis will offer a workshop on writing and performance; and Brent MacLaine will offer a workshop on character voice in poetry and prose.

Pre-registration is available by email: peiwritersguild@gmail.com.

 Children are in for a treat on Thursday morning, September 29th. Island gem Deirdre Kessler will offer a sneak preview of her new book for young children: *DREAMTIME * at the Confederation Centre Public Library. *DREAMTIME *will be launched on October 29, 2011, by The Acorn Press at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and is a picture book for very young children in the tradition of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic, *Goodnight, Moon.*

 Celebrated Native playwright, filmmaker, comedian, and novelist Drew Hayden Taylor of Curve-Lake First Nations will be the festival’s guest of honour, and is not to be missed. He will deliver educational and laughter-filled presentations to schools, UPEI, and the general public on September 30th.Taylor’s recent novel *Motorcycles and Sweetgrass* was shortlisted for the 2010 Governor General’s Award.

On the weekend of October 1st and 2nd, the Pen & Inkling Festival will make its home at The Guild on Queen Street. The Guild will host workshops in the gallery and exciting events on the main stage. The public is invited to soak in the home grown talent of some of PEI’s best and brightest featured readers. Following this, the public is invited to step up and take part in the writers' open mic. Early evening will see Island treasures, former PEI poet laureates John Smith and David Helwig in conversation--a reprise of their sublime Fireside Chat during the first Pen & Inkling Festival.

 The evening will end with the gala-dance, where Count & the Cuban Cocktail & the Blue Prints will keep us dancing into the night.

 After this action-packed week of music, workshops, fiction writers, poets, and visiting guests, the Pen & Inkling Festival will culminate in the 24th annual Island Literary Awards Ceremony on Sunday afternoon, October 2nd. For almost a quarter century the Island Literary Awards have recognized the best in Island writing with cash awards sponsored from the community for winning entries in short story, poetry, children’s literature, and creative non-fiction categories from writers of all ages. This year, for the first time, the Island Literary Awards were able to accept submissions in French with the support of the City of Charlottetown, through its 2011 Cultural Capital of Canada designation. The PEI Writers' Guild is pleased with the response, welcoming a total of 57 French submissions from students across the province.

 Tickets for weekend events can be purchased at the Guild. A festival pass can be purchased for $25, and allows admission to all events, with the exception of workshops. More information can be found on the website: www.peiwritersguild.com and questions and workshop registration can be directed to peiwritersguild@gmail.com

 These initiatives have been made possible through the 2011 Cultural Capital of Canada Designation through the City of Charlottetown, a program of the Department of Canadian Heritage with additional funds by the province of Prince Edward Island and the City of Charlottetown. The Island Literary Awards are also made possible year after year by countless private sponsors and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.  For information and the schedule of the Pen & Inkling Festival, visit www.PEIWritersGuild.com. 

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 Contact:



Josie Baker, Pen & Inkling Festival Coordinator
Phone : (902) 367-6607
Email : peiwritersguild@gmail.comWebsite : www.peiwritersguild.com

  

Drew Hayden Taylor Guest of Honor at Festival

Award-winning First Nations writer, film maker, playwright, and comedian, Drew Hayden Taylor, will make his first ever visit toPrince Edward Islandthis fall, as the guest of honor of the Pen & Inkling Festival.Tayloris an Ojibway from Curve Lake First Nation,Ontario. Throughout his prolific career and international travels, he has tried to educate and inform the world about issues that reflect, celebrate, and interfere in the lives ofCanada's First Nations.

Drew Hayden Taylor will be on PEIfor three events on September 30th. These events will be presented by the PEI Writers Guild in collaboration with the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI and the Native Council of PEI.Taylor will be welcomed to Mi’kmaq territory by members ofPEI’s Native community, and will deliver educational and laughter-filled presentations to students and community members.Taylor will present in the morning to island high school students, followed by lunch-time event in the Faculty Lounge at UPEI. A public reading and lecture will take place that evening at the Confederation Centre’s Studio 1 at 7:00pm. Admission is free.

Taylor’s recent book, Motorcycles and Sweetgrass was shortlisted for the Governor Generals Award in 2010. True to Taylor’s style the tale offers both wisdom and humour; it is a story of magic, family, a mysterious stranger . . . and a band of marauding raccoons. The public is invited to get in early on the conversation with the Confederation Centre Public Library’s lunchtime book discussion of Motorcycles and Sweetgrass on Tuesday September 6th at 12 noon. A copy of this book is available from the Confederation Centre Public Library, and additional copies are for sale from the Bookmark at 172 Queen Street.

The Pen & Inkling Festival will take place in Charlottetownfrom September 27th- October 2nd. This festival celebrates the literary arts and will feature an action-packed week of music, workshops, fiction writers, poets, and visiting guests, before finally culminating in the 24th annual Island Literary Awards Ceremony on October 2nd.  For more information about the Pen & Inkling Festival, visit the PEI Writers’ Guild Website: www.peiwritersguild.com or email peiwritersguild@gmail.com.

These initiatives have been made possible through the 2011 Cultural Capital of Canada Designation for the City ofCharlottetown, a program of the Department of Canadian Heritage with additional funds by theprovinceofPrince Edward Islandand the City ofCharlottetown. Drew Hayden Taylor’s lectures have been sponsored in part by the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Contact: 

Josie Baker, ILA Coordinator
Phone : (902) 367-6607
Email : peiwritersguild@gmail.com
Website : www.peiwritersguild.com

 

PEI Writers’ Guild Announces Pen & Inkling Festival

Part of the 2011 Cultural Capital of Canada programming for the City of Charlottetown

Charlottetown, July 20th, 2011 – As part of Charlottetown’s 2011 Cultural Capital of Canada designation, the City of Charlottetown, and the PEI Writers’ Guild, are pleased to announce several new initiatives for the fall of 2011.

The Pen & Inkling Festival will celebrate the literary arts on Prince Edward Island, between September 28 and October 2, 2011, in Charlottetown. The festival will kickoff with a songwriters circle featuring illustrious poet and musician Tanya Davis. She was recently named the Mayor’s Poet Laureate of Halifax, and has recently launched a new book of poetry, At First, Lonely, with PEI’s Acorn Press.

Celebrated Native playwright, film maker, comedian, and novelist Drew Hayden Taylor of Curve-Lake First Nations will be the festival’s guest of honour. He will deliver entertaining, educational, and laughter-filled presentations to schools, UPEI, and the general public on September 30th. Taylor’s recent novel Motorcycles and Sweetgrass was shortlisted for the 2010 Governor General’s Award.

Following an action-packed week of music, workshops, fiction writers, poets, and visiting guests, the Pen & Inkling Festival will culminate in the 24th annual Island Literary Awards Ceremony on October 2nd. For almost a quarter century the Island Literary Awards have recognized the best in Island writing with cash awards sponsored from the community, for winning entries in short story, poetry, children’s literature, and creative non-fiction categories from writers of all ages. This year, for the first time, the Island Literary Awards were able to accept submissions in French with the support of the City of Charlottetown, through its 2011 Cultural Capital of Canada designation. The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased with the response, welcoming a total of 57 French submissions from students across the province.

“The City of Charlottetown has always supported literacy through our annual literary awards,” Mayor Lee said.

“These important initiatives -- in both of Canada’s official languages -- will help us improve our cultural literacy and leave a creative record of the Cultural Capital of Canada designation we are so proud to have earned.”

In October and November, the PEI Writers' Guild will promote the craft of writing in Charlottetown schools. The Writers in Schools Program matches qualified Island writers with teachers and their students to offer visits in which the writers will discuss their craft, read from their books, and work with students on ways to improve their writing. The PEI Writers’ Guild is currently seeking qualified writers interested in participating.

These initiatives have been made possible through the 2011 Cultural Capital of Canada Designation for the City of Charlottetown, a program of the Department of Canadian Heritage with additional funds by the province of Prince Edward Island and the City of Charlottetown. For information and the schedule of the Pen & Inkling Festival, visit www.PEIWritersGuild.com.

Contact:
Josie Baker, ILA Coordinator
Phone: (902) 367-6607
Email: peiwritersguild@gmail.com
Website: www.peiwritersguild.com

Additional Information
PressRelease-WritersGuild-July20th.pdf
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