Mandate & Objectives
To promote the pleasure and discovery of reading by
bringing together local, national and international authors with public
audiences of all ages, creating an annual celebration of words.
First and foremost, the Stellar Literary Festival is not book fair in
which the primary objective is to sell books.
The Stellar Literary Festival is a celebration of the “word”, whether in
printed, audio and visual media, presented for everyone in the community
in an informal atmosphere designed to encourage discussion and
conversation among all of those in attendance. Although we do not see
ourselves as an academic festival, the Stellar Literary Festival seeks to
advance authors of literary quality.
As a premiere event in Durham Region, the success of the festival relies
on writers, readers and volunteers who believe literacy is important and
must be continually promoted for the public good and enjoyment and
The Stellar Literary Festival celebrates established and emerging Durham
Region / GTA writers, poets, readers, story tellers, illustrators,
filmmakers & songwriters.
The festival aims to engage the community in Durham
rich and diverse literary culture, bringing attention to local poets,
writers, songwriters and
story tellers. The goal is to make Durham Region destination for
literacy-loving audiences that are not just 'book-worms' ;-)
We make it our mandate to feature the voices of our community. The Durham
Region has a diverse collection of creative artists,
unlike many other
regions in Canada. The Stellar Literary Festival is dedicated to those talents.
- To celebrate excellence in the literary arts within the Durham Region /
- To reach a wider range of audience than single reading events in the any
location in Durham Region by at once appealing
to all ages and demographics
and engaging them in a celebration and inviting all citizens of Durham Region/
the gift of our literary talents in the area.
- To promote new and emerging authors, poets, songwriters, story tellers, filmmakers
etc. within Durham Region / GTA by hosting an event where
they share the stage
with their fellow counterpart and raising their profiles within
- To bring cultural traffic to Durham Region.
- We aim to raise the level of awareness of our literary aspect not only in
Durham Region, but within the GTA
- To promote new and undiscovered literary talent in Durham Region.
- To advance literacy by introducing young readers to the wonder of books,
poetry, filmmaking, story telling and songwriting.
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