Sundays at the Festival

Our last day, Sunday September 18th was a celebration of poetry, music and the power of community at the Festival. Sponsored by Mawenzi House and Nimbus Publishing, our event Brunchy Sunday Readings featured award-winning Mi’kmaw poet, Rebecca Thomas and RBC’s PEN Canada New Voices Award Winner in 2022, Fareh Malik. Accompanied by the captivating Atlantic Canadian Instrumentalists Inn Echo, this event satisfied both culinary and literary delights.


At the festival, we love to offer a community poetry component, so we can offer a platform and burture our community writers of tomorrow! Many thanks to all the readers who came out 🙂

A new look and a new feel, with a lot of laughs

This year at Wild Threads, we added a new feature to the festival — comedy! It was with a lot of laughs and a few bloopers that we hosted the CBC Debaters’ host, Steve Patterson, who shared a few stories with us in the afternoon at the Trailside Music Hall with local comedian Patrick Ledwell!

The evening also brought even more laughs with PEI Writers’ Guild Executive Director, Shawn Hogan, Meg MacKay, and Steve Patterson.

Black Voices Writers’ Circle

This event celebrated the talent of Black writers on Prince Edward Island Island. Through R&B, hip-hop, poetry and storytelling, this experience was a rich and cultural for all in attendance, hosted by Tamara Steele, and with a special performance from the Umbrella Collective. The famous green couch from the BCS office even made an appearance!

Guests included Tamara Steele, Elizabeth Iwunwa, Kierrah, Vince the Messenger, and poet Eberechi.

Wild Threads Workshop Love 2022

Gremlins in the Fusebox: Chris Bailey on the Art of Finding Poetry Everywhere

Poet and fisherman helped authors explore the process and production of poetry using your own life experience as a guide. Whether your material is the city or the sea, this workshop focussed on using poetry —in flexible terms—to find common ground.

Creating Memorable Characters in Fiction, a Workshop with Lesley Choyce

Celebrated author and publisher of Pottersfield Press, Lesley Choyce, shared a few of his character building secrets. Lesley spoke to writers from the perspective of both an author and an editor, and left plenty of time for audience questions on the ins and outs of craft and publishing aspects of fiction. He published his 100th book in 2021,  Broken Man on a Halifax Pier, by Dundurn, and his latest work is a creative nonfiction travel tale called, Around England with a Dog.

After the End & Before the Beginning: Bringing your Book to Market

Genevieve Loughlin of Pownal Street Publishing told the tale of how a book goes from manuscript to market. From taking first time authors through the daunting channels of the what to do next, Genevieve explained what to do next: whether that is to build a book proposal to showcase your book’s marketing potential to publishers, hit the market directly through self-publishing, or call in support from freelancers to make your book the best it can be.