The Lakefield Literary Festival celebrates its rich literary heritage each July on a weekend close to Margaret Laurence’s birthday, and showcases many current Canadian authors. The festival was created to celebrate the work of Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie and Margaret Laurence, among others, all of whom lived and wrote in Lakefield.

Festival Announcements

The 2014 lineup has been announced – see who has confirmed so far…

2013 ebook now available for download

Recent News

  • April 14, 2014

    Thomas King wins RBC Taylor Prize

    Thomas King is the winner of RBC’s 2014 Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction, for his work The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, published by Doubleday Canada.

  • April 13, 2014

    Ticket Sale Information Coming Soon…

    Please keep checking our website for information on ticket sales.

  • March 6, 2014

    New website launched

    The Lakefield Literary Festival is pleased to launch a brand new website. We hope that everyone will enjoy the new look and layout.


Lakefield is located in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes, just 90 minutes North East of Toronto. We welcome you to come and celebrate the rich literary heritage of our area.


Thank you to our sponsors

Our Sustaining Sponsors

  • David and Patricia Morton

  • Alan and Jane Stewart

Our Event Sponsors

Supporters of The Young Writers Awards

  • David and Patricia Morton

  • Friends and Family of Alasdair Wallace

Festival Supporters

Margaret Laurence Level

Catharine Parr Traill Level