As part of Charlottetown’s 2011 Cultural Capital of Canada designation, the City of Charlottetown and the PEI Writers’ Guild are pleased to offer the Pen & Inkling festival to celebrate the literary arts on Prince Edward Island and throughout Canada. From September 27– October 2nd the festival will comprise of readings, workshops, visiting authors, songwriters, open mic invitations, and a Gala with live music, dancing and libations. Central to it all is the 2011 Island Literary Awards Ceremony and the presentation of the Distinguished Contribution Award at The Guild with hosts Erin Casey, Fraser McCallum, and Lee Ellen Pottie.
Celebrated Native playwright, film maker, comedian, and novelist Drew Hayden Taylor of Curve-Lake First Nations will be the festival’s guest of honour. He will deliver entertaining, educational, and laughter-filled presentations to schools, UPEI, and the general public on September 30th. Taylor’s recent novel Motorcycles and Sweetgrass was shortlisted for the 2010 Governor General’s Award.