Fall Tides Grant Program

WANL & LENL Present Fall Tides Grants
Now Accepting Applications

Fall Tides is a new and improved way for WANL to support member readings, panels, and more across the province. This opportunity is presented in partnership with Literary Events NL (LENL).

LENL has reserved eight spots on their popular cross-island literary tour for WANL members. (See below for details on LENL’s tour.) The Fall Tides program welcomes WANL members to apply for funding to attend tour locations at least 300 km away from their current residence. Selected applicants will receive a grant of $187.50 to help with travel and accommodations expenses. Tour stops include Stephenville, Corner Brook, Deer Lake, Lewisporte, Gander, Fogo, Carbonear, and St. John’s. 

– You must be a WANL member in good standing
– You must be published (traditionally or independently/self-published)
– You must apply to library tour locations at least 300 km away from your residence
– You must ensure your availability and commitment to locations and dates 

Please note: WANL members who have already applied to the LENL tour can apply for a new location that they are not currently signed up for.

Applications will only be accepted via the above link.

Midnight (NST) July 15, 2018


A Message from Literary Events NL (LENL):

Little more than a year ago, an innocent question by author Janice Godin sparked a flame that resulted in a blaze: “Anyone interested in doing a literary tour this summer?”
Within moments, authors Candace Osmond, Janice Godin, and Carolyn R. Parsons had committed to what would become Literary Events NL, a Newfoundland-based literary organization whose main focus is on organizing and delivering a tour of Newfoundland authors through the public library system. Shortly after coming together, we three added in a fourth, Corey Majeau, a graphic designer who created the red and white iconic look of LENL.
2017 was our first year and, according to anyone who attended any of the tour stops, we hit it out of the park. Despite the speedy organization and low summer population, the tour stops were filled by eager authors within days of announcing our goal, and individual tour stops were almost all filled to capacity. Our finale, in St. John’s at the A.C. Hunter Public Library, was spectacular, and culminated with a panel led by Joel Thomas Hynes and Bill Rowe. 
Indie authors and traditionally published authors were thrust together on our tour and delivered on an equal standing to the people of Newfoundland. All were equally received with open arms. 
2018 will be our second year and, already, we have a full roster of amazing authors booked for eight of the nine stops along the tour. Our finale in St. John’s still has availability.
We’ve made some adjustments. The tour will take place in the fall now, to maximize attendance, and we will hold most of the stops on Saturdays for convenience. Each stop will have their own line-up as not all authors can travel to each stop. As the summer progresses into the fall, LENL will be advertising the line-ups, so keep an eye out for a library tour stop near you! 
This year, with our new Not-For-Profit status, we’ve reached out to other organizations like WANL for support and opportunities to further our reach all over Newfoundland. We teamed up with WANL with what used to be their Spring Tides program to create a new and improved Fall Tides program, which WANL members can apply for. 
The Fall Tides program will choose eight WANL members from those who apply to receive a grant of $187.50. This money will be used for travel and accommodations to the tour location for which you are selected. 
LENL and WANL look forward to working together on the 2018 Literary Events NL Tour and hope to see your application soon! 

Janice Godin, Candace Osmond, Carolyn R. Parsons, Corey Majeau
Co-founders of Literary Events NL

Mary Dalton & Andreae Callanan: Poetry Reading

Wednesday, August 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
A. C. Hunter Public Library
125 Allandale Road, St. John’s

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Enjoy some local poetry at the library! Readings by Andreae Callanan and Mary Dalton. 

3rd floor, A.C. Hunter Public Library

Generously funded by The League of Canadian Poets.


Mary Dalton is the author of five books of poetry, among them Merrybegot, Red Ledger, and Hooking: A Book of Centos, released in 2013 by Vehicule Press. Her work has been anthologized in Canada, the U.S., Ireland, England, and Belgium. Merrybegot, winner of the E. J. Pratt Poetry Award and a nominee for the Pat Lowther Award, is also an audiobook produced by Rattling Books. Red Ledger was short-listed for the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the E. J. Pratt Poetry Award and was named a Top Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail. Hooking: A Book of Centos, published in 2013, was shortlisted for the Newfoundland and Labrador Poetry Award (the E. J. Pratt Poetry Award) and the national Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry, and named a Top Book of the season by CBC and The Globe and Mail. A collection of Dalton’s prose writings, Edge: Essays, Reviews, Interviews, was released by Palimpsest Press in the fall of 2015. Running the Goat Press published a letterpress chapbook, Waste Ground, with illustrations by Massachusetts wood engraver Abigail Rorer, in 2017.Dalton lives in St. John’s, where she is Professor of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2010 she founded the SPARKS Literary Festival, which she also directed until 2016.

Andreae Callanan is a St. John’s-based poet and essayist. She is the winner of a number of awards including the Canadian Notes and Queries CanLitCrit Contest, the CV2 2-Day Poetry Contest, Memorial University’s Gregory J. Power Poetry Prize, the Lawrence Jackson Writers’ Award, and McGill University’s Lionel Shapiro Award for Creative Writing. She has recently completed a creative writing MA at Memorial.

Nellie P. Strowbridge: Poetry Reading & Discussion

Thursday, September 13 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Corner Brook Public Library
4 West Street, Corner Brook

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Enjoy an evening of poetry at the library! Reading by and discussion with Nellie P. Strowbridge.

Corner Brook Public Library

Generously funded by The League of Canadian Poets.


Nellie P. Strowbridge is the author of nine books. She has won provincial and national awards and has been published nationally and internationally. Her work is capsuled in Canada’s National Archives as a winner in Canada’s Stamp of Approval Award. Strowbridge is a seventeen-time winner in the NL Arts & Letters Awards. Dancing on Ochre Sands was short-listed in the E. J. Pratt Award. Al Purdy included her in the Sandburg Livesay Award Anthology No Choice but to Trust, featuring outstanding populist poets around the world.

Visiting Author Series

The Writers’ Alliance Visiting Author Series features out-of-province writers, offering local writers and the general public the opportunity to meet and network with other established Canadian authors. These readings are held in St. John’s, Corner Brook in partnership with the English Program at Grenfell Campus.The WANL Reading Committee selects notable local authors who in turn each invite an author of interest from another part of Canada. The Visiting Author Series is supported by funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, Literary Readings Program.

Last year we were delighted to host Tracey Lindberg and Anakana Schofield.