Fabulous time once again at the Galiano Literary Festival, which is held on the last weekend in February each year. I have had the good fortune to attend this mega-fun lit fest and offer my Kung Fu for Writers workshop every year since the festival began in 2010.
The festival is organized by Galiano Island Books and held at the idyllic Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa. Does life get any sweeter?
Featured authors this year were: Joelle Anthony, John Belshaw, Robert Bringhurst, Kevin Chong, Daniela Elza , Brad Frenette, Bill Gaston, Kim Goldberg, Frances Greenslade, Pauline Holdstock, Christina Johnson-Dean, Mark Leiren-Young, Robyn Michele Levy, Billie Livingston, Annabel Lyon, Emily McGiffin, Billeh Nickerson, Diane Purvey, Nancy Richler, Audrey Thomas, and Jan Zwicky.
Salt Spring Island publisher Mona Fertig of Mother Tongue Publishing was given special recognition Saturday morning for her contribution to independent publishing. Mother Tongue is the publisher of the Unheralded Artists of BC series.
Vancouver author Kevin Chong (who was also one of my housemates for the weekend) delivered the keynote address on Saturday morning, giving us a thought-provoking set of 9 essays on independence/independents.
The four panelists Saturday morning were Kevin Chong, Robert Bringhurst, Annabel Lyon, and Mark Leiren-Young, addressing the topic “It’s All About the Story”, with moderator Brad Frenette.
I bunked at “The Wheatley’s” vacation house on Galiano, just a short walk from Sturdies Bay and the festival venue, along with my housemates for the weekend Billeh Nickerson, Kevin Chong, Holly, and young Joe.
Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian human rights lawyer who has represented journalists and political activists, was imprisoned in Iran for her human rights work. She was ‘adopted’ by the Galiano Literary Festival this year to bring attention to her case. Her portrait was always present on a chair at every festival event throughout the weekend.