Words Aloud presents the best in spoken word from across Canada and beyond. With nine main stage performances, it’s a magical alchemy of spoken word’s full range.

Words Aloud 11 Coming this November 7-9 2014

Words Aloud 11 

Planning is underway for the coming season.  Watch this page in April, national poetry month, for preliminary announcements of this year's line-up.

Want to become a volunteer?  We'd love to hear from you. Just go to our contacts page and send us an email.

Also, be sure to visit our You Tube Channel to see performances from Words Aloud 10!  It's all "live", for your viewing pleasure.

Fundraising Event April 13th at The Durham Art Gallery

April 2014 marks the 16th National Poetry Month in Canada. This year's Words Aloud Artistic Director, Hazel Lyder (sometimes writer and poet and oft times reader), will deliver a talk "Why the Literary Arts Matter & How to Live a Life." With reference to the works of various Canadian and Irish Writers, she will tell both a very personal story and a universal one about the value of books and reading and how they inform our lifelong journey of becoming.

Admission: A minimum $5 donation is recommended. Anyone who makes a donation of $10 or greater will have their name entered into a book draw. There will also be a silent auction.

The funds raised will assist the Words Aloud Festival to fulfull its mandate to bring the best writers and performers in the literary arts to Grey County.

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This documentary takes you on a journey through the many forms of spoken word, including dub, slam and lyric poetry, performance poetry, and storytelling. Click here to learn more.


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Literary Links

How to tips for tall tales and other wonders from DrakenSang.  Thanks to Andy and all the students in Mrs. Ward's class in Maine, USA, for passing this one on to us!