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

2015 tickets now available!

Recent News

  • June 19, 2015

    A loss to the Lakefield Literary Festival

    It is with sadness that we acknowledge the death of Jocelyn Laurence, Margaret’s daughter, on June 10, 2015. Here is a link to her obituary in the Globe and Mail. Obituary

  • May 29, 2015

    Tickets Now Available!

  • May 15, 2015

    Miriam Toews at Market Hall May 21, 7:30pm

    Miriam Toews is giving a reading at Market Hall, Thursday May 21 at 7:30pm. It is free and open to the public. The reading is part of the international “Contesting Canada’s Future” conference being held at Trent University, May 21 -23.


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.


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