Word Feast in the Schools

Various Fredericton Schools | Tuesday-Friday, Sept 17-20, during school hours | Free!

Each day from Tuesday to Friday, festival authors will be visiting Fredericton schools to engage students with an exciting blend of humour, wordplay and imaginative story-telling. Authors will read from their work, talk about experiences with the writing process and inspire students to pursue their own creativity.

Please note Word Feast in the Schools events will be exclusive to students and staff of respective schools and closed to the public.

Saturday Morning Spectacular!

Beaverbrook Art Gallery, 703 Queen Street | Saturday, September 21
10am-12pm | Free!

Every kid loves Saturday morning and Word Feast is planning a spectacular Saturday celebrating creativity and the arts in New Brunswick. Hosted by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, this free event will combine music, books and artwork to create a one-of-a-kind, fun-filled experience for children of all ages.

Come hear children’s storytellers and poets sharing their wild and inventive work, admire gallery artwork, dream along to fantastic, live music and participate in an artist’s workshop for children (workshop seating is limited – first come, first serve!).

Artist workshops will run from 10-11 AM, followed by readings, music and silliness from 11 AM-12 PM!

Teen Zine Workshop!

UNB Campus – Marshall D’Avray Hall – Rm 123 | Saturday, Sept 28, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Free!

What’s a Zine? A zine is a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to making a small print production. In this 2-hour ZINE workshop, we will be creating short zines, made up of text, images, collage, and mixed-media. The workshop is free and open to all!

Word Feast Children’s Authors & Artists 2019

Here are some of the authors and artists who will be supporting Word Feast events throughout the week!

Jenna Lyn AlbertJenna Lyn Albert is a poet of Acadian descent and a graduate of the University of New Brunswick’s Creative Writing program. Albert lives in Fredericton, where she is a member of The Fiddlehead’s editorial board and a first reader for Goose Lane Editions’ Icehouse poetry imprint. She is the current City of Fredericton’s Poet Laureate and one of the hosts of the elm & ampersand poetry podcast.

LesageMarla Lesage loves to tell stories through writing and illustration. She works mainly in watercolour and ink and is mostly self-taught. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Her art can be found in several NB schools as well as private collections in Canada, USA, and Australia. Her first picture book, Pirate Year Round was published by Acorn Press in May 2019. You can find her online at MarlaLesage.com.

Braelyn CyrBraelyn Cyr was born in Campbellton, New Brunswick. She is a Mi’kmaq artist and has just graduated from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design’s aboriginal visual arts program. Her primary focus is creating Wampum belts as well as writing and illustrating her own aboriginal children’s books, connecting her heritage to modern day society.

Kelly CooperKelly Cooper is a writer and teacher who grew up on a Saskatchewan farm with many horses. She has now lived for many years on a New Brunswick farm with her husband, two children and many cows. Her short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction have been published in a number of literary journals and anthologies. She previously published a collection of linked short stories (Eyehill, Goose Lane Editions, 2004). If A Horse Had Words, (Tundra), the 2018 winner of the Alice Kitts Memorial Award for Excellence in Children’s Writing, is her first book for children.

Casey BurkholderCasey Burkholder is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Education. In choosing a research path at the intersection of youth/resistance, gender, inclusion, DIY media-making, gender and sexuality, and Social Studies education, Casey’s work seeks to contribute to ‘research as intervention’ (Mitchell, 2011) through participatory approaches to equity and social change.