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An Annual Celebration of Reading and Writing in the Heart of Cape Breton Island

Join fellow book-lovers for an event-packed weekend of laughter and up-close conversation with your favourite authors.

September 30 – October 2, 2016

Gaelic College, St. Ann’s

Planning for this year’s festival is nearing completion and our dynamic lineup and schedule will be available very soon. Stay tuned for details on workshops, readings, interviews and panels.


Festival News


Special Event

Saturday, October 1, 3:30 pm We are proud to present the multi award-winning writer and Officer of the Order of Canada Rosemary Sullivan in conversation with Jared Bland. Sullivan’s most recent non-fiction work, Stalin’s Daughter, tells the incredible story of Svetlana Alliluyeva, who was fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history’s most monstrous dictators. Stalin’s Daughter has won The Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-fiction, The RBC Charles Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction and most recently The Plutarch Prize awarded by The Biograph
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Special Workshop with Christy Ann Conlin

The Cabot Trail Writers Festival and The Writers Federation of Nova Scotia Present a special workshop with Christy Ann Conlin celebrated author of Heave and The Memento. Register The workshop will be held at The Cabot Trail Writers Festival on October 1 at The Gaelic College. This workshop is limited to twelve participants and registration is open until August 20. Email info@cabottrailwritersfestival.com if you are interested. Supernatural elements have long been a part of literature and art from the Ancient Greeks and Shakespeare to classics such as Tur
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