Wordsmiths take to Parkdale Park!

Wordsmiths take to Parkdale Park!

Thursday June 1st, 2017

It’s on once again! Some of the region’s most celebrated authors will take to Parkdale Park to celebrate all things literary at Prose in the Park!

This is the third great year of this festival which is supported by the Hintonburg Community Association, The Canadian Authors Association, and the WWBIA – among many others including the Carleton Tavern (stop in for a bite and brew during the festival), the Parkdale Market, and Dreesen Cardinal Architects.


This year’s master of ceremonies is award-winning author Sang Kim, and Mayor Jim Watson will also be on hand to help open the festival. And there will be a lot of great interview experiences for festival patrons to enjoy.

This year, the Prose in the Park Literary Festival will offer you six panels in English and three in French, reflecting the linguistic duality of the Ottawa-Gatineau region plus an all new special panel in Spanish! There will also be a special interview with two-time Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal winner Terry Fallis. And to top things off, Prose in the Park will host the inaugural award ceremony for the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors. 


Some of the many amazing panel highlights include:

Musicality of Fiction - Menaka Raman-Wilms examines the influence of music on the literary works of three brilliant Canadian writers;

Emerging Crime - Melissa Yi leads a discussion with established and emerging crime writers on what it takes to become a crime fiction writer;

Five Ottawa Storytellers - Five very talented story tellers bring an assortment of tall tales in the best of Ottawa`s oral tradition;

Reaching Thirteen - Ursula Pflug discusses with four brilliant writers how they develop the perspective of children and adolescents in their works of fiction;

Frank Hegyi award for Emerging Authors - The Ottawa Independent Writers will host the award ceremony for the inaugural Frank Hegyi Award. The five finalists or their designates will read from their works of fiction before the winner is announced; and

Poetry at 150 - Acclaimed poet and publisher Michael Mirolla examines with four brilliant poets from Toronto, Montreal and Kingston the state of poetry in Canada on the eve of the nation's 150th birthday.


Situated at Parkdale Park, right next to the Parkdale Market and the amazing shops and restaurants of Wellington West, this festival is sure to pique your longing for lore! There's parking available on site, but to avoid the crowds why not take the bus (the 11, the 16 and the 14 will all bring you within a stone's throw) or hop on your bike! The park is easily accessible off the Scott Street and Sir John A MacDonald Parkway trails. If you live in the neighbourhood, take a stroll down.  It's 10 minutes from Somerset Square, or 10 minutes from Island Park!

We hope to see you there! To find out more visit: https://www.proseinthepark.com/home