• Olive Senior Photo
  • CR Avery Photo
  • Marilyn Dumont Photo
  • Cat Kidd Photo
  • Sheng Xue Photo
  • Christian Campbell Photo
  • Beth Anne Ellipsis Photo
  • James Gordon Photo
  • Audience Photo

November 3rd to 6th, 2016

Announcing the Artists for 2016!

We're thrilled to announce a terrific list of artists for this year's festival - check it out and we think you'll agree.


Here is our preliminary schedule for 2016. Note that the programming may change - final schedule to follow.

  • Thursday, November 3rd
  • Michael Crummey (Reading, Q&A, Wine & Cheese) at Coffin Ridge Winery, 7:30 pm
  • Friday, November 4th
  • Joseph Naytowhow (Workshop) at M’Wikwedong, 2 pm
  • Sue Goyette & Brian Henderson (Interview) at Garafraxa Café, 4:30 pm
  • Ian Keteku, Brian Henderson, Sue Goyette (Readings) at Durham Art Gallery, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 5th
  • Ian Keteku (Workshop) at Durham Town Hall, 9 am to Noon
  • Joan Crate (Workshop) at Durham Art Gallery, 9 am to Noon
  • Joseph Naytowhow (Children's Storytelling) at Durham Library, 11:15 AM to 12:15 pm
  • Mark Abley (Workshop) at Durham Town Hall, 1 to 4 pm
  • Evelyn Lau (Workshop) at Durham Art Gallery, 1 to 4 pm
  • Guelph Slam Team with Special Guest Amani (Public Slam/Spoken Word) at Durham Town Hall, 4:30 to 5:30 pm
  • Tanya Neumeyer, Hugh MacDonald, Evelyn Lau (Readings) at Durham Art Gallery, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 6th
  • Tanya Neumeyer (Workshop) at Durham Town Hall, 9 am to Noon
  • Joan Crate, Amani, Mark Abley (Readings) at Durham Art Gallery, 2 to 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 12
  • Jenny Parsons & Steve Morel (Family Theatre) at Victoria Jubilee Hall, 1 to 3 pm

Welcome to our 2016 Words Aloud Artistic Director

Words Aloud is very happy to announce that Terry Burns, past Festival Coordinator (2011-13), has stepped into the role of Artistic Director for 2016. Terry, as well as a talented poet and performer in her own right, is a gifted arts administrator.  Terry will be supported in her role by the core planning group of Ann Hagedorn, Hazel Lyder, Skyler Radojkovic, Katherine Edgecombe and Jenny Parsons, and many other dedicated volunteers.


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Learn more about the history of our fascinating festival.


Check out this brilliant classroom learning resource featuring video performances by 14 of Canada’s best poets and storytellers.