THE LITTLE FESTIVAL THAT COULD: HOW AUTHORS COME FROM NEAR AND FAR FOR THE DENMAN ISLAND READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL
VICTORIA – The Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival runs from July 15 to 17, and that’s something to get excited about.
Measuring just 51 square miles, skinny little Denman Island sits in the Strait of Georgia wedged between even tinier Hornby Island and the east coast of Vancouver Island. The 1,300 people who call Denman (Sla-dai-aich) home regularly welcome visitors to a variety of events. There’s the biannual Denman Island Home and Garden tour (“long been considered one of BC’s top horticultural events”), the yearly Denman Island Pottery Studio tour (“1 island. 2 days. 10 studios.”) and even a baroque music festival and workshop.
In the summer, BC Ferries increases the number of hours it sails between Vancouver Island and Denman Island seven days a week. Extra weekend service is also added between Denman Island and Hornby Island to get residents and visitors to where they want to go.
But one annual happening, perhaps, shows better than all of them how the island punches above its weight in celebrating art and community.
Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival is a festival with a difference: eclectic and intimate, hosting and showcasing authors of different genres and statures from Canada and beyond, and promoting Indigenous writers, both established and emerging, all while attracting myriad readers and writers who come for entertainment and enlightenment.
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