Wednesday, September 29, 2010

UNB Annual Poetry Weekend

The annual poetry weekend is upon us! Once again UNB Fredericton welcomes many acclaimed Canadian and local poets at this weekend-long poetry festival. Come hear many of your favorite poets read their work.

Featured poets such as John Steffler, Sue Gillis, Anne Compton, Brian Bartlett, Richard Lemm, David Zieroth, Johanna Skibsrud, Karen Solie, Shane Neilson, Sharon McCartney, Katia Grubisic, matt robinson, Vanessa Moeller, Michael deBeyer, James Langer, Tammy Armstong -just to name a few- will be reading this weekend! Come and join us for a wonderful time.

Readings take place at UNB Fredericton, Memorial Hall on October 2nd and 3rd. Six separate readings will be held from 11am, 2pm, 8pm. We'd love to see you there!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

In Memory of Bill Bauer

Photo by Brian Bartlett

Long-time Fiddlehead editor and contributor Bill Bauer passed away this spring.  I’ll miss him, especially for his wry sense of humour. Your leg could stretch pretty long before you realized he was pulling it.  Our fall issue will have a heartfelt remembrance from Brian Bartlett, as well as some poems of Bill’s.

The fall issue has gone to press. There is new fiction from Alexander MacLeod (see his first book Light Lifting from Biblioasis) and Wasela Hiyate. We have an exciting list of poets, including Aislinn Hunter, Tim Bowling, Jane Munro, Barry Dempster, Jan Conn, A. F. Moritz, and Patrick Warner. Also take a look at the work from two very fine young poets--Stewart Cole and Danny Jacobs.

Ross Leckie

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

2010 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers Call for Submissions

The Writers Trust of Canada is accepting submissions for 2010 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. To be eligible candidates must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, under the age of 35, unpublished in book form and without a book contract, but whose literary work has appeared in at least one independently edited magazine or anthology.

A prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the best collection of poetry. Two honourable mentions will each receive $1,000 prizes. The deadline for submissions is 17 December 2010.

Submissions should be sent to:
RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
c/o The Writers' Trust of Canada
90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario, M5C 1P1

For further information visit or contact: Amanda Hopkins, Program Coordinator
416-504-8222 ext 242 or

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

UNB Reading Series

John Barton, the 2010/11 University of New Brunswick writer-in-residence, author of eight poetry collections and winner of a CBC Literary Award in 2003 and a National Magazine Award in 2006, will be reading from his newest collection: Hymn.

David Bergen, author of the celebrated novels, The Case of Lena S. and The Retreat, and Giller Prize winner for his novel The Time in Between, will be reading from his newest work of fiction: The Matter with Morris.

This event will be held Thursday, September 16th at 7pm in the West Gallery at Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton campus

Congratulations to Emma Donohue

 Congratulations to fellow Irish transplant Emma Donohue on her Man Booker nomination for her novel Room (a bidding war for the novel's rights was won by Picador in the U.K., which paid a reported £1 million).

Had the pleasure of her company here last year as part of the UNB Reading Series. The winner is to be announced on October 12 - so fingers crossed.

Gerard Beirne
Fiction Co-Editor