Against Guilty Reading Pleasures – some thoughts from Rosemary Griebel

In this video, Rosemary Griebel presents “Against Guilty Pleasures” at a special Freedom to Read Week Celebration held in February 2014, presented in partnership with Wordfest, the Writers Guild of Alberta and Shelf Life Books. The author details her views on guilty reading pleasures and speaks of her dying attention span for deep reading. Griebel is author of the poetry collection Yes and is the Special Projects Manager with the Calgary Public Library. Her poems have recently won first place in FreeFall magazine’s national poetry contest.


CanLit Turned Animation: Roch Carrier’s Boyhood Memories

box-hockey-sweaterNumerous great works of Canadian literature have been animated by the National Film Board of Canada. Wordfest is recognizing these literary animations with a weekly mini-series of blog posts exploring the films. This week, we are featuring a classic in Canadian children’s literature — “The Hockey Sweater,” a short story by Roch Carrier, which was animated by Sheldon Cohen in 1980 through the National Film Board of Canada. Read more…


CanLit Turned Animation: Mordecai Richler and “The Street”

box-street-NFBNumerous great works of Canadian literature have been animated by the National Film Board of Canada. Wordfest is recognizing these animations with a weekly mini-series of blog posts exploring the films. This week’s animation, “The Street,” is based on a short story by the Canadian literary and cultural icon and Wordfest 2000 alumnus, Mordecai Richler. Read more…


Unmasking the Clown – Sara Tilley and Wordfest featured in Stephen Magazine

box-tilley-maskSara Tilley is a writer, theatre artist, as well as a Pochinko Clown teacher and performer. Read an article about her work and her 2013 Wordfest appearance in the spring/summer 2014 issue of Stephen Magazine. Read more…


CanLit Turned Animation: Leacock Literature Endures Time

box-leacockUnbeknownst to many, numerous great works of Canadian literature have been animated by the National Film Board of Canada. Wordfest is recognizing these literary animations with a weekly mini-series of blog posts exploring the films. The series kicks off in advance of Canada Day with an animated film based on Stephen Leacock’s witty account of a young man’s first brush with banking. Read more…