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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


Press Release 2016

ST. ANN’S, NS–The Eighth Annual Cabot Trail Writers Festival will be held from September 30 – October 2 at The Gaelic College in St. Ann’s Bay, Cape Breton. This year’s Festival brings together some of Canada’s most celebrated writers across many genres. Governor-General Award winner Rosemary Sullivan, two time Stephen Leacock Award winner Terry Falls, Silver Birch Award winner Kevin Sylvester, Giller Finalist and Thomas H. Raddall Award winner Russell Wangersky, Winterset Award Finalist Leslie Vryenhoek, Margaret and John Savage First Book A
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