The festival started up back in 2004 with the intention to engage the Hamilton community in literary culture and to bring attention to our fantastic local writers. Throughout the years, Hamilton has grown to become a destination for book-loving audiences and authors.
This year, the festival is welcoming authors such as: Jon Chan Simpson, Danila Botha, Pamela Mordecai, Daniel Scott Tysdal, Joanna Lilley, Emily Urquhart, Giles Blunt, Kim Echlin, John Terpstra, Camilla Gibb, Anakana Schofield, Nino Ricci, Helen Humphreys, Terry Fallis, Russell Smith, Plum Johnson, Bernadette Rule, Rachael Preston, and Gary Barwin.
The festival caters to aspiring writers, established authors, and book-lovers through panel discussions, writing workshops, public readings, and more! They’ve also collaborated with Steel City Stories to close the festival off with a storytelling event.
Ingie Metwally had former-Hamilton author and GritLIT chair, Rachael Preston, on Morningfile to chat about the literary festival, her experience in writing, and her most recent book that is actually set in Cootes Paradise, The Fishers of Paradise. You can listen to their interview below.