Words on the Water splashes down

Annual writers festival kicks off Friday

At Words on the Water this Friday and Saturday, contemporary writers and readers meet in a beautiful west coast setting.

Friday evening offers a stimulating mediated panel discussion and a brief glimpse at all of our writers.

On Saturday you can attend individual annotated readings with each guest author. Sessions are 45 minutes and writers often allow time for questions.

The Literary Cabaret on Saturday provides all the components necessary for an entertaining and stimulating evening: readings, music, and good food. Socializing with the writers and other like-minded readers is a key rewarding element of the festival.

All weekend books by participating writers will be on display and available for purchase. The venue, Campbell River’s Maritime Heritage Centre, provides a perfect nautical backdrop for this event.

  • Ticket info:
  • Weekend Passes – $ 85.
  • Individual Session Passes:
  • Friday Night – $20.
  • Saturday Sessions – $20 per session
  • Saturday Night – $20.



Angie Abdou

While an unknown to many people, Angie Abdou is an exciting edition to the B.C. scene. While one writer has focused on organized sports, she just well may interest those who like the outdoor life.

Abdou is a fiction writer from Fernie, B.C. BC BookWorld called her short story collection, Anything Boys Can Do (2006), an “extraordinary literary debut” and the Victoria Times Colonist commended its orginal take on female sexuality. The Globe and Mail praised her first novel, The Bone Cage (2007), for its “beautiful writing” and The Quill & Quire called it “vivid, intense, and authentic.” The Kootenay Library Federation chose The Bone Cage as the official book for the inaugural “One Book One Kootenay” reading series and it was a finalist in CBC’s 2011 Canada Reads debates. The Canterbury Trail, a black comedy about mountain culture,was just released by Victoria’s Brindle & Glass Press (February 2011).

Kate Braid

Braid’s five books of poetry have won or been nominated for various prizes including the Pat Lowther Award, the BC Book Prize, the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Prize and the Vancity Women’s Book Prize.

She also co-edited with Sandy Shreve the ground-breaking book of Canadian form poetry, In Fine Form.

She has published three books of non-fiction and her poems and personal essays have been widely published and anthologised.

She has given readings, guest lectures and workshops across Canada and has lately begun collaboration with musicians in her work, including the fabulous Clyde Reed.

She lives with her partner on the edge of Vancouver where she can wake to the music of gulls.

Adam Lewis Schroeder

Adam Lewis Schroeder is the author of the story collection Kingdom of Monkeys, a Danuta Gleed Award finalist, the novel Empress of Asia, nominated for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the 2010 novel In the Fabled East, one of Amazon.ca’s Best Books of the Year.

He received a Creative Writing MFA from the University of British Columbia before travelling extensively.

Schroeder lives in Penticton BC with his wife and sons, writes for CBC radio and teaches at UBC Okanagan.

Ian Mulgrew

Ian Mulgrew is a journalist and author based in Vancouver who is currently a columnist with The Vancouver Sun. Over the last three decades as a writer, his work has appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines around the globe. He is the author or co-author of: The Waterboy: From the Sidelines to the Owner’s Box — Inside the CFL, the XFL and the NFL, with Bob Ackles (John Wiley and Sons Canada Ltd., Toronto: 2007); Bud Inc. — Inside Canada’s Marijuana Industry (Random House Canada, Toronto: 2005); Amazon Extreme: Three ordinary guys, a rubber raft and the most dangerous river on earth, with Colin Angus (Stoddart Publishing, Toronto, and Broadway Books, New York: 2002 — also published in Germany and the U.S.); Who Killed Cindy James? (Seal Books, Toronto: 1991). Final Payoff: The True Price of Convicting Clifford Robert Olson (McClelland-Bantam Inc., Toronto: 1990) and Unholy Terror: The Sikhs and International Terrorism (Key Porter, Toronto: 1987). He is also the ghost writer of Webster! The Autobiography of Jack Webster (Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver: 1990). His work has been optioned for film and he also is an accomplished broadcaster and regular commentator on television and radio.




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