Those who attend will hear works by writers from around the area—Hare Bay, Eastport, Gander, Lewisporte, Appleton, Gander and other places. Music and food are also on offer.
But they’re not only inviting people to listen—they want people to read their own work.
Isabel Blackmore of Gander has been reading at the annual Writers in Winter event at the House of Diamonds since it began three years ago.
“It's a good time for anyone who’s interested in writing—and a lot of people are—to come and showcase themselves and get to meet other writers,” she said.
Writers in Winter is organized and emceed by Blackmore’s son, Kevin Blackmore, (otherwise known as Buddy Wassiname), chair of the House of Diamonds’ board.
Isabel Blackmore is an award-winning writer and visual artist. As a co-founder of the Gander writing group Scribbler’s, Ink, she’s mentored and encouraged many other writers.
The Gander writing group no longer meets, but her son decided to take the idea of inviting anyone who’d like to read—from unpublished to established writers—and expand it to a full-day event.
“So I’ve recruited a few (writers) and Kevin has recruited a few.”
It’s not only for writers—musicians and songwriters are welcome as well.
Blackmore says she thinks people shouldn’t worry if they haven’t read in front of an audience before.
“You’re always a little bit shy about it, but when you get there and get on your feet and start reading you develop your own personality. It comes through and people really get to know you in a different sort of way. Everyone who’s done it has enjoyed it.”
This year’s event is taking place on Feb. 18. It starts at 10 a.m. in the art gallery of the House of Diamonds and runs until around 3 p.m. Lunch is provided. Admission is free, but people are encouraged to make a donation to the heating fund.
For more information or to let them know you’d like to come and read, email firstname.lastname@example.org