Prose in the Park 2016
Prose in the Park, Ottawa's premiere Literary festival, was once again a resounding success for OIW.
Based on Toronto's Word on the Street model, Prose in the Park is an open-air literary event which for the past two years has taken place in Parkdale Park, Ottawa, in the heart of the Capital.
The initial year, 2015, saw a draw of 1200 people. Approximately 150 authors participated, and nine English panels and two French panels were held. With such notable guests as Giller Prize winner Vincent Lam (author of The Headmaster's Wager), John Ferguson and Stalin's Daughter author and Governor General Award Winner Rosemary Sullivan, the star-studded event went off to great applause.
2016 was another landmark year for OIW, as it celebrated its 30th anniversary as an incorporated group. It was time to up the ante, of course, and this year's Prose in the Park showed that we were up to the task. With minor wrinkles ironed out of the initial year, we set out to bring Ottawa's reading public an even more stellar lineup of authors and panels.
The Literary Festival part of Prose in the Park offered nine panels in English and four in French, reflecting the linguistic duality of the Ottawa region. We also added this year an evening of poetry readings with seven poets in English and six in French. This was a great addition to the chorus of voices of Ottawa's writing community included in the event. This took place on June 3rd at Origin Studio.
Speaking of poets, we were able to have the Parliamentary Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke grace us with his presence. Trevor Ferguson returned to the festival, and we were happy to host Alan Cumyn, Brenda Chapman, Monique Polak, Peter Kirby, as well as Ottawa's own Charles De Lint.
With an estimated thousand visitors to the site, our local authors, guests and panelists were very well served.
We're hoping you're looking forward to next year's event as much as we are in making it become a reality for the third year in a row. This could not have taken place without the partnership and dedication of all the incredible English and French writing groups in Ottawa, as well as the support of the Hintonburg Community Association and our stupendous volunteers.
Click here to see this year's lineup.