In commemoration of Margaret Laurence, Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie and our community’s ongoing literary heritage, the Lakefield Literary Festival showcases Canadian authors and promotes the joy of reading and writing among children and adults.

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Recent News

  • June 6, 2016

    Something New for 2016

    This year there is a change in the Saturday Festival schedule from past years. The afternoon event will begin in the Bryan Jones theatre with a celebration of the Young Writers contest winners who will receive their awards followed by “Falls the Shadows”,  authors John Boyko and Rosemary Sullivan reading from their new books and Continue Reading –>

  • June 2, 2016

    Saying Goodbye to the Whatley Barn

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    One of the highlights of the Lakefield Literary Festival, for those who have attended in the past, has been the delightful atmosphere of the Sunday afternoon final event held in the Whatley Barn. For the past eleven years we have had the pleasure of settling into seats in its light-filled space and listening to the Continue Reading –>

  • May 26, 2016

    The July 2016 Programme details are posted now.


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

    Platinum Level

      David and Dr. Patricia Morton

      Diamond Level

        Alan and Jane Stewart


      Gold Level

      • Martha & Richard Whatley

      • John & Susan McWilliams

      Supporters of The Young Writers Awards

        David and Dr. Patricia Morton

      Silver Level

        Wendy Scott & David Moorhead

      Bronze Level

        Dr. John and Martha Vlasschaert

      Festival Friends

        R. J. Brown Insurance Brokers

        The Wine Connection

        Dr. Beverley Haun

        Cathy Wilson

        John and Karen Beamish

        Lakefield Herald

        Friends of Alasdair & Wendy Wallace