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Organizers look to build on Words fest’s initial success

By James Reaney, The London Free Press Monday, October 27, 2014

saccoThe word on the first Words fest is good. Hundreds of Londoners took in readings, interviews and other fest events at such venues as the London Public Library’s Central library, Museum London, Dundas St. and Covent Garden Market. The fest ended Sunday night. Read more.


First edition of festival getting the Words out

By Adela Talbot, Western News, October 23, 2014

wordsThe tapestry of London’s loosely knit creative communities is about to get tighter, thanks to Words, a new literary and creative arts festival.

Set to take place this weekend in the Forest City, the festival aims to use the written and spoken word as a hub for creativity in the region, said Joshua Lambier, a PhD candidate in the Department of English and Writing Studies and founding director of the Public Humanities at Western. Read more


Celebrating the talents of those who excel with words

by Sean Meyer, London Community News, October 22, 2014.

lambierFor as long as there have been words there have been people who have taken the time to craft them into brilliant stories, poems, songs, even cartoons to help spread their ideas.That tradition of passionate writers is alive and well in a London that has a strong literary community, albeit one that — ironically — doesn’t always take the time to celebrate itself. Read more


Self-publishing risks and rewards explored

By Joe Belanger, The London Free Press, Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

cavanaghLondon writer Paul Cavanagh is going it alone this time around.

The author of the critically acclaimed novel After Helen — which led to his win of the inaugural Lit Idol at the London International Book Fair in 2004 — will share his experience of having a traditional publisher before turning to self-publishing at this weekend’s Words: The Literary and Creative Arts Festival. Read more


London-born doctor, author Vincent Lam searches for stories inside sickness

By Joe Belanger, The London Free Press, Wednesday, October 22, 2014

lamWhen someone first uttered the old adage that variety is the spice of life, they could have had Dr. Vincent Lam in mind.

He’s a medical doctor by trade with expertise in addictions, experience in international air evacuation and expedition medicine on Arctic and Antarctic ships.

He’s an author of books such as Bloodletting and other Miraculous Cures (which won the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize) and The Flu Pandemic and You, not to mention a biography of the CBC’s Greatest Canadian, the late NDP leader and renowned socialist, Tommy Douglas.

It’s clear Lam takes living seriously. Read more


WORDS play

By James Reaney, The London Free Press, Thursday, October 16, 2014

wordsThree local heroes who will grace the first Words fest muse and enthuse about its importance to London. Read more