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Friday, April 01, 2005
Aboriginal writing to be featured at next month’s Frye Festival in Moncton

Moncton, New Brunswick – March 31, 2005 – Organizers of the 6th annual Northrop Frye International Literary Festival announced today the final programme for next month’s event, noting a special emphasis this year on aboriginal writing.

More than 40 authors from around the world will gather in Moncton, New Brunswick from April 19 to 24. Many of those participating are aboriginal writers and storytellers, hailing from across Canada, the United States and New Zealand, including Witi Ihimaera, author of the award-winning novel Whale Rider.

“We are gaining an international reputation among authors and publishers as a leading literary event,” said Dawn Arnold, chair of the Festival’s Board of Directors.

Arnold expressed enthusiasm over the 2005 programme as well as a special newspaper supplement being published to inform the public about this year’s event. A whopping 160,000 copies will be circulated in daily newspapers across the region within the next week, including the Moncton Times & Transcript, April 2; the Fredericton Daily Gleaner and the Saint John Telegraph Journal, April 4; as well as L’Acadie Nouvelle and the Globe and Mail, April 6.

Arnold said she is also very pleased with the sale of Festival Passes to date. Passes are now on sale at the Capitol Theatre box office, 811 Main Street, Moncton or by calling the Capitol at (506) 856-4379 or 1-800-567-1922. Pass prices: $35 adults, $20 students/seniors. Children under 10 free.

The Festival has grown over the years and has become less dependent on government subsidies by building strong relationships with private sector sponsors.

“The organizing committee has succeeded in diversifying the funding, which will help ensure the long-term sustainability of this event,” said Festival vice-chair Mario Thériault. The official opening of the Festival is Thursday, April 21 at the Delta Beauséjour Hotel in Moncton. But the opening will be preceded by several events, starting Tuesday, April 19 with a panel discussion at Mount Allison University in Sackville involving Witi Ihimaera, Catherine Anne Martin, Herménégilde Chiasson and Serge Patrice Thibodeau. (See supplement page 8.) Another roundtable will be held Wednesday, April 20 with authors Yves Sioui-Durand, Jean O’Grady and Maurizio Gatti at the Université de Moncton, following the annual Northrop Frye conference.

The Writers in the Schools Program, sponsored by Aliant, also kicks off Wednesday, April 20, running until Friday, April 22 in many schools in the Greater Moncton area. (See supplement pages 8, 9.)

“Aliant is pleased to support initiatives like the Festival’s Writers in the Schools Program which have a lasting positive influence on Atlantic Canadian youth,” said Nicole Gallant, Aliant’s Regional Manager for Southeastern New Brunswick. “The impact of the direct interaction between Festival authors and elementary and high school students is enormous. In many cases this will be an opportunity of a lifetime, to meet and be inspired by the best in their field.”

Among the other highlights of the Festival programme is a concert on Wednesday April 20 by TAIMA, an Inuk-French Canadian duo comprised of Elisapie Isaac and Alain Auger. It will be held at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. (See supplement page 6.)

Singer, songwriter and poet Zachary Richard will also perform Thursday, April 21 during the Festival’s official opening. The evening will also feature readings and the Northrop Frye Literary Competition Awards. (See supplement page 8.)

CBC Moncton’s Information Morning will offer special radio coverage of the Festival on Friday, April 22 while Radio-Canada’s Anne et Compagnie will broadcast live from the Moncton Market on Saturday, April 23 as part of the Festival’s first annual KidsFest (See supplement page 9.)

For more information about the Festival, including author biographies, visit www.northropfrye.com.

Cathy Donaldson (English media)
(506) 853-7540
cell: (506) 866-6427

Benoît Duguay (médias francophones)
(506) 854-8781

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