Shauntay Grant
is a writer and storyteller from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University, and as Halifax's third Poet Laureate she organized Canada's first national gathering of Canadian Poets Laureate. (click here to read more)

Africville now available for pre-order

Shauntay Grant's newest picture book, Africville (Groundwood Books), is available for pre-order from Chapters Indigo and Amazon.

When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she’s heard from her family come to mind. She imagines what the community was once like —the brightly painted houses nestled into the hillside, the field where boys played football, the pond where all the kids went rafting, the bountiful fishing, the huge bonfires.

Africville was a vibrant Black community for more than 150 years. But even though its residents paid municipal taxes, they lived without running water, sewers, paved roads and police, fire-truck and ambulance services. In the 1960s, city officials decided to demolish the community, moving people out in city dump trucks and relocating them in public housing. Today, Africville has been replaced by a park, where former residents and their families gather each summer to remember their community.

The Bridge set to premiere in 2019

Photo: Richard Chevolleau and Emerjade Simms. Photo by Stoo Metz Photography

On February 14, 2018, Neptune Theatre announced that Shauntay Grant's stage play The Bridge will premiere as part of its 2018-19 season.

Shauntay has been developing the play as Playwright-In-Residence at 2b theatre.

The 2019 premiere is a co-production between 2b and Neptune in association with Obsidian Theatre.

Ticket packs and subscriptions are on sale now; click here for details.

The Walking Bathroom book launch

Book launch

The Bridge: a work-in-progress showing

February 7, 2016 – 2b theatre presents a work-in-progress showing of The Bridge, a new play in development by Shauntay Grant. Click here for more details.

Shauntay Grant announced as 2b playwright-in-residence

September 1, 2016 – 2b welcomes award-winning writer and educator Shauntay Grant as the company’s 2016-2018 playwright in residence. Over the next few years, Ms. Grant will work with 2b theatre company to develop her new play, The Bridge. Click here to read full announcement.

Stitched Stories: The Family Quilts

Stitched Stories: The Family Quilts opens Thursday Sept 1 at 7PM at the Dalhousie Art Gallery (6101 University Ave., Halifax, Nova Scotia). The exhibition will be on display at the gallery until November 27.

Curated by Shauntay Grant, the exhibition features a handful of quilts selected by Grant from the heritage holdings of her family, prominently those of her grandmother, the Reverend Alfreda Smith. Grant’s own creative response to the quilts – and equally, the stories they keep – will produce a new ‘poetic patchwork’ developing inside the Gallery over the course of the exhibit.

Click here to read a Metro News article about the exhibit and to view some of the work on display.

Shauntay Grant writer-in-residence at Berton House

April 2016 Shauntay Grant begins a three-month writing residency at historic Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon. Click here for more details.

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Previous events


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Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

WORD is an intimate listening experience for one audience member at a time. Where conventional spoken word performances are staged for moderate to large crowds, WORD plays with the expectation of audience and performer in a brief but ardent 8-minute presentation.

PERFORMANCE DATES/TIMES: September 21 : 12pm - 2pm / September 22 : 12pm - 2pm & 6pm - 8pm

12 performances; 8 minutes and 1 audience member per

Downhill from here: A Sensorial Geography

Citadel Hill, Halifax

Shauntay Grant joins Narrative in Space + Time Society's public art event, in conjunction with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia exhibition Terroir: A Nova Scotia Retrospective. Through the experience of walking, "Downhill From Here: A Sensorial Geography" will feature activities and presentations by artists, performers and storytellers, and creatively engage participants in the ambivalences of Halifax history. Meet near the entrance to the fort, on the hill overlooking the town clock, at 11:45 a.m.

Stitched Stories: The Family Quilts opening reception

Dalhousie Art Gallery, 6101 University Ave., Halifax, Nova Scotia

Curated by Shauntay Grant, this exhibition features a handful of quilts selected by Grant from the heritage holdings of her family, prominently those of her grandmother the Reverend Alfreda Smith. Grant’s own creative response to the quilts—and equally, the stories they keep—will produce a new ‘poetic patchwork’ developing inside the Gallery over the course of the exhibition. 'Stitched Stories' is on display at the Dalhousie Art Gallery from September 1 through November 27.


Negotiating a Black Language in Children's Literature

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Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Shauntay Grant moderates this panel at the Canadian Writers Summit, and as part of the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs annual conference. Visit for conference details.

International Maroon Conference

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Asafu Yard , Charles Town, Portland

Shauntay Grant joins an international roster of artists and scholars presenting at the 7th Annual International Maroon Conference in Charles Town, Jamaica.

When Sisters Speak

St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East, Toronto

Shauntay Grant joins the 15th anniversary lineup for When Sisters Speak, North America’s largest and longest running annual showcase of Black, female spoken word poets.

Whitney Pier Welcome

Holy Ghost Ukrainian Church Hall, 49 West Street, Sydney, Cape Breton

In conjunction with Cape Breton University’s Singing Storytellers International Conference, Celtic Colours welcomes artists Shauntay Grant, Julian Kytasty, Lillis Ó Laoire, Colin Grant and Mary Jane Lamond for an afternoon exploration of music and stories from Ukrainian, African Nova Scotian, Irish and Cape Breton traditions.

Singing Storytellers: The Lives, Music and Verbal Artistry of Bards in our World

Cape Breton University, Sydney, Cape Breton

Shauntay Grant presents her performance/lecture "Orality & Poetry: Cultivating Melody, Metre, and Memory in the Storytelling Body" at this international symposium presented by Cape Breton University and in partnership with Celtic Colours International Festival and CBC Cape Breton.