Previous events


Irresistible History: Culture, Characters and Storytelling with Shauntay Grant, Anne C. Kelly, and Alan Syliboy

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How do you get young readers interested in history? Three authors talk about creating compelling stories from a variety of cultures and perspectives. Places real and imagined, vivid characters, and beautiful writing bring stories to life, sparking imagination and curiosity.

Authors Shauntay Grant, Anne C. Kelly, and Alan Syliboy will discuss how they draw on historical events, fiction, and mythology to engage children where they are – and to show them how the past is not just tales told or records in an archive, but alive and vibrant in the world where they live.

Shauntay Grant Reads From Africville

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Join poet, playwright, and author Shauntay Grant for a reading from her children's book "Africville" via Zoom. This presentation is co-hosted with the Antigonish Women's Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Services Association in celebration of International Women's Week.

A Family Storytime with Shauntay Grant

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Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, Ontario

Join author and playwright Shauntay Grant in a livestreamed reading of her children’s picture book Africville, for children ages 4 and up!

Africville with Shauntay Grant and Josephine Watson

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Fredericton Public Library (virtual event), Fredericton

Join author Shauntay Grant as she discusses the creation of her award-winning picture book Africville - illustrated by Eva Campbell and published by Groundwood Books. Translator Josephine Watson joins Grant to discuss her work translating the project for a French edition released in Fall 2020 by Bouton d'Or Acadie. A Q&A with the creators will follow a reading of both the English and French editions of the book.

Fresh Ink

Soulpepper Theatre

Tune in to hear excerpts of the freshest work from some of today's most exciting playwrights, Anosh Irani (Bombay Black, Buffoon, The Men In White) and Shauntay Grant (The Bridge, WORD, Steal Away Home). The event will be hosted by Weyni Mengesha, Frank Cox-O’Connell and Guillermo Verdecchia.

Aritst Talk with Shauntay Grant and special guest Hope Masike

Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process as storyteller, playwright and award-winning author Shauntay Grant workshops scenes from a new theatrical work-in-progress, and talks about her poetic approach to playwriting. She will be joined by Zimbabwean musician Hope Masike for this very special event. Free Admission.


First Words: Poetry

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Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia is pleased to offer a session of First Words: Poetry for the winter 2020 season. This section of the nine-week poetry writing course will be led by Shauntay Grant, Alison Smith, and Sue Goyette. This session will be offered on Wednesday evenings (7-9 pm) beginning February 12. As a welcoming space for beginner or emerging writers, First Words: Poetry provides an overview of the craft from several professional perspectives. No prerequisites or pre-existing pieces of writing are necessary for participation in this course.


Science, Art & Creativity Symposium

Fairmont Château Laurier | Adam Ballroom, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

Shauntay Grant joins a panel of musicians, scientists, artists and scholars from the humanities and social sciences to explore the nature of creativity and the creative process. The conversation is being convened by the Royal Society of Canada and the National Research Council.

Playwrights Cabaret


Shauntay Grant reads from her work at the Atlantic Edge Conference for Playwrights in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Artists & Conversation

Halifax Central Library, Spring Garden Road

Creators discuss their nominated works at this event celebrating the 2019 Nova Scotia Masterworks Award. Africville - a picture book by Shauntay Grant and Eva Campbell - is among the nominated works.


Writing Picture Books

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Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax

This is a hands-on writing workshop for beginning and emerging writers of children’s picture books. You will generate ideas for stories through writing activities, explore writing tools and technique, develop and workshop a new picture book manuscript, and receive feedback on your manuscript from the instructor and workshop participants. While the focus of this workshop is on writing, you will also learn something of the business of publishing picture books. No prerequisites or pre-existing writing are required to participate – come to creatively explore the craft of writing for children.

This workshop will take place at the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia (1113 Marginal Road, Halifax) in three parts over three Thursday evenings:

Thursday, September 12, 6-9 pm

Thursday, September 19, 6-9 pm

Thursday, September 26, 6-9 pm

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