CMU School of
Writing Announces Spring Literary Festival
Mary-Ann Kirkby, Sandra Birdsell, David Bergen
WINNIPEG, Man. — David Bergen, Mary-Ann
Kirkby and Sandra Birdsell are three of the
authors who will headline the new CMU Spring
The Festival, which is sponsored by the
School of Writing at CMU, will run May 20, 22
and 23 and includes three public readings. The
first, on May 20, will feature Sandra Birdsell (The
Russländer), Margaret Sweatman (When
Alice Lay Down with Peter) and John Weier (Under
the Wings of Africa).
The second, on May 22, will feature David
Bergen (The Time in Between), Mary-Ann
Kirkby (I Am Hutterite) and Victor Enns (Lucky
The Festival concludes with a special public
address on May 23 with poet Tim Lilburn, who
will address the topic of place and faith.
Lilburn is author of Living in the World as If
It Were Home, as well as Thinking and Singing:
Poetry and the Practice of Philosophy.
All of the readings begin at 7 p.m. and will
be held in the Great Hall at CMU, North Campus,
500 Shaftesbury Blvd. Admission to all the
readings is free.
for a schedule.
Last year the School of
Writing at CMU presented readings by Méira Cook,
Maurice Mierau, and Armin Wiebe, Rudy Wiebe,
Sarah Klassen and David Elias. It also featured
a presentation by Rudy Wiebe and Robert Kroetsch,
two key figures in Canadian Literature.
to read about their conversation.
Click here to learn
more about the School of Writing at CMU, which
runs from May 19-23.
The Spring Literary
Festival is made possible with the support of
the Manitoba Writers Guild and The Canada
Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union
Posted April 12, 2008. Revised April 19,
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