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.

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Recent News

  • November 14, 2015

    Brenda Neill, Citizen of the Year!

    Brenda Neill

      Brenda Neill has been named the Citizen of the Year by the East Kawartha Chamber of Commerce in large part for chairing the Lakefield Literary Festival from 1998 to 2005. Brenda is shown here in her festival finery in July of 2014, where we thanked her for 8 years chairing the festival and 18 Continue Reading –>

  • July 29, 2015

    Marilyn Kerr

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    We have lost a friend and festival volunteer. Marilyn Kerr passed away suddenly yesterday, July 28th. Marilyn was a close neighbour of Stephanie Ford Forester who shares some of her memories below. Marilyn took on a number of different roles for the festival, often doing what she referred to as “those dog’s body” jobs, like Continue Reading –>

  • July 17, 2015

    A Thank You from the Festival Director

    Hello everyone, I can’t begin to tell you how pleased I am with how well we all pulled together to bring yet another successful literary festival to Lakefield. The authors and hosts were relaxed and smiling and the sun shone without the usual heat and humidity. We have many long-standing volunteers, but also many new Continue Reading –>


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

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      Gold Level

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        David and Dr. Patricia Morton

      Silver Level

      Bronze Level

        David Moorhead

        Dr. John and Martha Vlasschaert

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        Wendy Scott

        Cathy Wilson

        Adele Kelsey and Ryan Sabourin