Ottawa International Writers Festival – Green events, April 22nd and 23rd

Written by guest blogger Eloise Collison. Eloise is a freelance writer, organic gardener, and fibre fanatic who lives and writes in Westboro.


The line up for the 2009 Ottawa International Writers Festival includes the work of various science and environment writers. Wayne Grady and Alanna Mitchell open the festival on Wednesday, April 22nd with “Washing the Water”; a discussion on water, and the environmental impact of human activity on the world’s oceans and waterways.
There will be an onstage talk, time for audience Q&A, and a book signing.

On Wednesday, April 23rd at 7:00pm you can join Thomas Homer-Dixon and William Marsden for a conversation on their new book Carbon Shift: How the Twin Crises of Oil Depletion and Climate Change Will Define the Future.

The Writers Festival Spring Edition runs from April 22 to May 2 – the full schedule is online at Be sure to read the whole line-up; there are so many wonderful writers to listen to: from Wayson Choy to Ursula K LeGuin.

The Ottawa International Writers Festival takes place at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Humanities (314 Saint Patrick, at Cumberland)
Tickets: $15 / $10 Student or Senior
Free for Festival Members and Carleton Students
Available at, by phone at 613-562-1243, and at Nicholas Hoare Books, Collected Works, and Octopus Books.

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