Stellar Literary Festival, About us

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              Durham Region is alive with all kinds of wonderful celebrations, festivals and events. While music, children and ethnic culture are popular themes, Stella Ducker noticed there was no  event to celebrate the best of Durham Region's poets, authors, writers, readers, story tellers, filmmakers and songwriters.

              Stella brought up the subject with Garth Riley, who agreed there was a need for such an event and the duo started to lay the groundwork for a festival a few years ago. Although it wasn’t meant to be at that time and the plans never progressed beyond the initial stages, Stella was ever hopeful and determined to meet someone who would help her with her vision.
              In September 2006, while working on another event, Stella began sharing her goal of one day establishing a literary festival in Durham Region. Listening to her that night were her husband, Graham, and two friends, Winnie Chapman and John Duarte. The three looked at each other. Looking back to Stella, John said, “Let’s do it,” and Graham and Winnie agreed.

             The trio began laying the foundation for the new event and the inaugural Stellar Literary Festival was presented in the fall of 2007 in the beautiful setting of the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens in downtown Oshawa.

             Stella, Graham, Winnie and John were encouraged by the reception of the first Stellar Literary Festival and set about planning the 2008, and in 2009 had a successful two day event at the Peony Festival & Parkwood

              Currently in 2010, on to June 27th at Parkwood Estate in Oshawa; August 22nd in Hastings ON
and we are in negotiation to launch another inaugural festival in 2011 in a 3rd location.



Stella Ducker, Talent, Marketing & Webmaster, Stellar Literary Festival

Stella Ducker

Stella has devoted herself to promoting Durham Region & Canada's musical talent through the Stellar Showcase, which she founded in 1998. She recently expanded Stellar Showcase to include authors, writers and poets saying “if musicians need promoting, so do writers.”

She operates and broadcast on an internet radio to promote talented musicians and poets.

Stella is a founding board member of (Film Arts Media Entertainment of Durham) and has been involved in film production and background acting for local and international film. Stella is involved in various aspects of local television broadcasting and has directed province-wide shows.

Stella has volunteered at Rogers Community Television for the past 10 years, where she worked as a camera operator, in audio and mobile production, as floor director and production director. She was named Rogers Volunteer of the Year in 2001 and received the Ontario Volunteer Award in 2001 and 2004. Stella was a nominee at the Durham Region 2003 Women of Distinction Awards.

was active member of Oshawa's Downtown Action Committee (communications sub-committee) and has been a volunteer for the Oshawa Jazz & Blues Festival since its inception and worked on the Oshawa Celtic Festival. She's a member of the Writers' Circle of Durham Region (volunteered on the Chapbook committee), the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance (volunteer as Photo Editor), the Ontario Poetry Society, the Canadian Poetry Association and was appointed as chairperson for the Durham Region chapter of the Canadian Federation of Poets.

Stella was involved with the St. Marks Players production of ‘Where's The Minister?’ and kept everyone 'on book' and assisted in the sound engineer (thanks to her Rogers TV training).

Stella is a Co-founder and the Editor for the Stellar Showcase Journal, which is published quarterly online and in print and receives submissions and has subscribers around the world.


Graham Ducker,Treasurer & Logistics, Stellar Literary Festival

Graham Ducker

Graham is a retired teacher and principal, a published author and poet, speaker, instructor and an artist. One of his paintings was used as the cover for his poetry book.
In February 2005, Graham was honoured as the Featured Poet of the Canadian Federation of Poets and was invited by the association’s president to judge its rhyming poetry contest. He was named the Ontario Poetry Society Member of the Year for 2006 and presented with the award by society founder Bunny Iskov. Graham is currently the Oshawa branch manager of the Ontario Poetry Society and leads monthly poetry meetings. In 2006, he was also the winner of the Lichen Arts & Letters Preview Epistolary Fiction Contest.


Graham operates his own business, J. Graham Publishing, and has co-founded the literary Stellar Showcase Journal for poets and writers, both online and in print.

He is a member of (Film, Arts, Media, Entertainment of Durham), the Writers' Circle of Durham Region, the Durham Folklore Society, the Canadian Federation of Poets, the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance, the Canadian Authors Association and Toastmasters International.

Graham has volunteered at Rogers Community Television a camera operator and dabbled as an actor in the St. Marks Players production of Mike Kashmanian’s ‘Where’s the Minister?’

 Stellar Literary Festival Videographer
Chester Stocki   Featured on

Chester Stocki - Videographer -

Chester Stocki  being interviewed on Rogers TV


Chester is on record as being the FIRST
Canadian  independent film produced  1971

"The Proud Rider"
Chester Stocki: Director / 1971 / Released / CFP Distribution
Chester Stocki: Screenplay / 1971 / Released / CFP Distribution

Chester Stocki,

Co-founder & Vice President of FAMEd

Chester creates real estates commercials of residential
homes & commercial buildings for sale.

He also produces short movies.
Chester is very active promoting the film industry
and the music community in the Durham Region / GTA.


Chester Stocki's 1971 First Independed Movie on record - The Proud Rider




Thank you Winnie & John for all of your help.
We will miss you, but understand that you also have other commitments pressing.
Wishing you all the best in your new ventures.


Winnie Chapman, Volunteer & Marketing, Stellar Literary Festival

Winnie Chapman

Winnie brings years of valuable experience in organizing and staging events. She is, without a doubt, the best volunteer coordinator in the region and has put her talent to work on such events as the Oshawa Jazz and Blues Festival and the Oshawa Celtic Festival. She is an active member of the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens Task Force. Winnie’s work has appeared in several publications and she is currently working on a series of children stories which she hopes to start publishing in the near future.


John Duarte, Media Communications, Stellar Literary Festival

John Duarte

John is a talented writer with over 20 years of experience in the newspaper industry, both as a reporter and an editor. He formed his own company in 2001 and, through Duarte Communications, has expanded his field of expertise to include promotion and public relations work and graphic design. He has helped organize and produce events such as the Oshawa Jazz and Blues Festival and Toronto's People's Comedy Festival. John defines his first novel as "a work in progress", while he continues to regularly contribute to publications like East of the City and Durham Trade and Commerce magazines.


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