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Ian Arthur, MPP Kingston and the Islands

Government of Ontario

Members' Statement: Kingston WritersFest

Published on September 25, 2018

Today I had the pleasure to speak about the 10th anniversary of Kingston WritersFest.

Mr. Ian Arthur: I want to take this opportunity to mention a special arts event going on in Kingston this week. The Kingston WritersFest is an event that we are very proud of as a city. Beginning on September 26, this five-day festival features over 40 events celebrating the written and spoken word. It is run by its passionate artistic director, Barbara Bell, and its dedicated teams of directors and volunteers.

This year, the Kingston WritersFest is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Over the past 10 years, it has attracted writers famous throughout the world—writers such as Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee, Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood, Peter Carey, Annie Proulx, Thomas King and many, many more. The list includes 53 Governor General Award winners, two Pulitzer Prize winners and 10 Giller Prize winners.

The Kingston WritersFest is an excellent example of how the passion of the constituents of Kingston and the Islands brings together world-class talent in the setting of our historic city. It is events like these and the embracing and promotion of culture that help make Kingston and the Islands the incredible place that it is.

If any of you are near Kingston this weekend, I urge you to take some time and attend some of the events.

I want to wish the Kingston WritersFest the best of luck this week and say that I cannot wait to see what the next 10 years hold in store for this wonderful festival.