Wordstock Collingwood

The 2010 Wordstock Literary Festival celebrated words and written and artistic forms of expression.

Festival Chairperson Marg Scheben-Edey said Wordstock was a celebration of anything to do with words. The idea of creating the downtown Collingwood festival came to her during a dinner conversation with a publicist in Toronto.

“it actually started with a chance conversation over dinner with a publicist in Toronto. I asked her what she did for a living and she said she was a director of publicity for a publisher. I asked what she did and she said among other things she would arrange appearances at literary festivals.”

From there the idea to create a Collingwood festival grew. Marg said the volunteer committee came together quickly.

“We thought we could put it together in three weeks! The people on the committee were so creative and so full of ideas that it turned into a major festival with 57 authors, poets, performers, 50 volunteers and 25 sponsors. It has just taken on a life of its own.”

There were many venues hosting many events throughout the downtown district, including the Celebrity Readers Tent at Sheffer Court, featuring many local residents. The newly opened Collingwood Library hosted children’s events and Trinity United Church hosted author readings.

Scheben-Edey said the festival was an opportunity for the community to celebrate the new library and the newly revitalized downtown.

It was a huge success.