Writers gather for Geraldton’s birthday

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Writers and readers in northwestern Ontario will help Geraldton celebrate its 75th anniversary by holding a literary festival over the Canada Day weekend.

The Squatchberry Festival will feature a dozen northwestern authors, as well as a couple of nationally known writers, participating in readings, workshops, panel discussions and social events at Geraldton’s Community Centre.

It will kick off Friday, June 29 with a presentation by award-winning Thunder Bay writer Charles Wilkins (The Circus at the Edge of the Earth; A Wilderness Called Home; Walk to New York: A Journey Out of the Wilds of Canada). Syndicated columnist Arthur Black will take the stage Saturday evening at the Squatchberry Banquet. Events then wrap up with a networking session on Sunday afternoon.

In between, writers will lead a series of workshops and discussions on novels, poetry, crime writing, magazine articles, short prose and other writerly topics.

The Canada Day festival revives an annual event that ran from 1981 to 1984 under the sponsorship of the now-defunct Squatchberry Journal, a northwestern Ontario arts and literature publication.

Further information on the program and registration for the weekend is available at the festival website.

The former Town of Geraldton is now part of the Municipality of Greenstone, formed in 2001 by the amalgamation of eight communities that stretch along Highway 11 from Lake Nipigon to Long Lac.