Event: Cabot Trail Writers Festival 2016

Cabot Trail Writers Festival 2016

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Sun, Oct 2, 2016 to Tue, Oct 4, 2016

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The Cabot Trail Writers Festival takes place every year on the world-famous Cabot Trail at St. Ann's, on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island. We set our festival on the weekend before Canada’s Thanksgiving weekend, when the Island’s fall colours are at their most breathtaking.

The Cabot Trail exists in a special part of Canada. Cape Breton Island harbours Canada’s only inland sea, is ringed by endless ocean, and is home to some of our oldest immigrant colonies. Our history is a mix and match of Acadian, African, English, French, Irish, Mí'kmaq, and Scots, with lots of newer spices tossed in. What binds us all is a love of culture, history, and our land, and, of course, of words and music! We share a very strong tradition of oral histories, and much of the inspiration for local writers springs from these.

It’s hard to imagine a more inspiring venue in which to read, write, share music, and enjoy each other’s company.

We are a small festival, and this is not accidental. Each year, generous, successful authors read to us, participate in panel discussions, and share their experience in the form of workshops, seminars, or guided discussions. When they’re not “on the clock”, they cheerfully participate in social activities and festival events, offering extraordinary access for festival goers in friendly, stress-free settings.

Writers, both experienced and new, can enjoy true learning and inspiration in the glorious fall season of Cape Breton. Readers can gain insights into the work and thoughts of their favourite writers, and learn a little more about what it takes to create the books they love.

At most writers’ festivals, you can hear an author read from her work, and purchase books for signing. At our festival, you can have lunch with an author, and stand in line with him while you both wait to buy a book. We think you’ll quickly appreciate that we’re small!

Venue: Gaelic College