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Sparks Literary Festival 2024

April 28, 2024

Unique in the St. John’s area, the SPARKS Literary Festival features emerging and established Newfoundland writers in a variety of genres, along with featured visiting writers, reading from their work and participating in informal discussions.

If you have any questions regarding SPARKS, don’t hesitate to contact Robert Ormsby at, or contact us on social media (FacebookInstagram).

Books will be available for purchase at SPARKS. The event is free and open to all members of the general public. No tickets or registration required.


*Doors open at 10:00 AM

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM: Opening Remarks
SPARKS welcome from Dr. Natasha Hurley, Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and Dr. Robert Ormsby, Associate Professor and Department Head (English)

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Session 1
HOST: Christina Wells
Lindsay Bird, Luke Hathaway, Matthew Hollett, Daze Jefferies

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM: Session 2
HOST: Heidi Wicks
Michael Crummey, Trudy Morgan-Cole, Rhea Rollman, Elder Calvin White

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Session 3
HOST: Modeline Longjohn
Santiago Gúzman, Andy Jones, Willow Kean, Paul David Power

4:30 PM – 5:45 PM: Panel 4
HOST: Jen Winsor
Holly Hogan, Allison Graves, Larry Mathews, Beth Ryan

5:45 PM – 6:15 PM: Awards Presentation and Closing
• Gregory J. Power & Jeroboam Poetry Award (presented by Michelle Porter)
• Sparks Poetry Award (presented by Nick Avis from Browne Fitzgerald Morgan & Avis Law Firm)
• Landfall Trust Award (presented by William Ping)

Times and Locations

April 28, 2024

10:00 am