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 Today, Africville has been replaced by a park, where former residents and their families gather each summer to remember their community.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

Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival: Folk Steps Music Conference

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Shauntay Grant curates and hosts the 2014 Folk Steps Music Conference at the 29th annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. This year's conference highlights African Nova Scotian folk traditions and features an exciting roster of artists including Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, North Preston gospel group The Sanctified Brothers, and members of Jamaica's Charles Town Maroon Drummers and Dancers.

SAY SUMTHIN Album Release

The Sonic Temple, 1674 Hollis Street, Halifax

Join Shauntay Grant for an intimate performance featuring songs and spoken word from her new recording project SAY SUMTHIN. Thursday June 12, 2014 @ The Sonic Temple (1674 Hollis St., Halifax). Two shows: 6:30 PM & 8:30 PM

Writing Your Life Story 2014

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Tatamagouche Centre, 259 Loop Route 6, RR#3, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia

Join us for a weekend of writing and reflecting, considering your life’s journey, and creating a visual memoir to keep or share with loved ones. Using art, meditation, and reflection, facilitators Shauntay Grant and Enrique Ferreol (visual artist) will guide you through exercises to help capture your own personal history and life lessons.

Program Cost: $380 (tuition + meals/accommodation)

"I Will Be Myself": Identity in Children's Literature, Media & Culture

University of British Columbia, West Mall, Vancouver

Shauntay Grant presents at “I Will Be Myself: Identity in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Media and Culture", a one-day conference showcasing graduate student research that explores, questions, and analyzes the issues surrounding identity in various elements of children’s and young adult literature.

CommUNITY Spoken Word Series

Alderney Landing Theatre, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth

Shauntay Grant hosts CommUNITY Spoken Word Series. Presented by Prismatic Arts Society, the series features an international roster of performers, a charitable poetry slam, and an open mic event.

The February 1st instalment of the series features a mother-daughter duo: Award-winning dub poet and scholar Dr. Afua Cooper and her daughter, poet Habiba Cooper-Diallo

By Donation ($5 suggested)