© Paul Hutchings
Newfoundland writer Greg Malone took part in Writers at Woody Point Friday with a reading at the Merchant Warehouse from his book, ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt Tell the Newfoundlanders.‚ÄĚ
WOODY POINT Grand Falls-Windsor resident Tina Mercer has been traveling to Bonne Bay every year for four years to attend Writers and Woody Point. She‚Äôs never been disappointed.
‚ÄúI love what it‚Äôs all about ‚ÄĒ the people, the heritage, being surrounded by celebrities,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúAlso, it‚Äôs not just about Newfoundland, but Canada too, and it‚Äôs good to be here because it‚Äôs so beautiful.‚ÄĚ
Visits from writers Michael Winter, Greg Malone and Will Ferguson are just some of the highlights during the 10th anniversary season of Writers at Woody Point.
On Friday, fans and writers alike crowded into the Merchant Warehouse to hear Malone talk about Newfoundland‚Äôs confederation with Canada in 1949, and how there was a lot more to the story than many Newfoundlanders realize. Malone wrote about it in his 2012 book, ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt Tell the Newfoundlanders.‚ÄĚ
Malone told his audience the story is one everyone should know. He spent four years studying documents from Ottawa, St. John‚Äôs and London, England, to get what he calls the ‚Äúreal story.‚ÄĚ
Up at the Discovery Centre, Winter took part in a book club discussion and read from his book, ‚ÄúMinister Without Portfolio,‚ÄĚ which is due to be released later this month. The book is about a depressed man who travels to the Middle East as an army-affiliated contractor and became involved in a tragic roadside incursion, after which he must deal with the consequences.
Audiences at both events Friday said they had been looking forward to Writers at Woody Point all year long.
Just before Malone took to the microphone, Baxter Park of Corner Brook said it was his first time attending and it was something he had always wanted to do. Having recently moved to the province, he was well aware of the Writers at Woody Point festival.
‚ÄúI‚Äôd hear about the festival when I was stationed (in Europe) through the CBC,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI love the fact that you never know what you‚Äôre going to get, whether it‚Äôs a reading, music or artwork. It‚Äôs just great.‚ÄĚ
Corner Brook resident Nancy Granter agreed.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs my first time here as well, and I‚Äôm just so happy to be here for this,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs nice to be here to see Greg Malone. I‚Äôve read all his books, and everyone is really nice here.‚ÄĚ
Writers at Woody Point continues throughout the weekend with events featuring writers Des Walsh, Kelly Russell and Wayson Choy. It ends Sunday with a wrap-up party at the Royal Canadian Legion featuring music from Shane Murphy and others.