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Unique in the St. John's area, the SPARKS Literary Festival features emerging and established Newfoundland writers in a variety of genres, along with featured visiting writers, reading from their work and participating in informal discussions.

If you have any questions regarding SPARKS, don't hesitate to contact nancy pedri at, or contact us on social media (Facebook, Instagram).

The purchase of books at SPARKS can be done by cash, debit or credit (insert only)

The event is free and open to all members of the general public. No tickets or registration required.


The SPARKS Literary Festival was founded in 2009 by poet and professor Mary Dalton, who served as the festival's director for the first 6 years. Now organized by Memorial's Department of English with ongoing support from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, SPARKS continues to celebrate the literary creations of Newfoundland and Labrador and showcase writers at various stages of their creative lives. It is what Dalton has called a "word spree." The festival also makes available displays of books and journals published in Newfoundland and Labrador and a mini-bookstore featuring works by the authors reading at the festival.


SPARKS Literary Festival is active on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube! Visit our pages for the social side of SPARKS!

The Sparks Literary Festival and Memorial's English Department gratefully knowledge our patrons: Cox and Palmer, The Landfall Trust, Brown Fitzgerald Morgan & Avis, Irish Newfoundland Association.