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Enjoy a traditional kitchen party with Walt and Norma Pinsent
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Meet the authors at Winterset in Summer
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Picnic by the sea at Ferryland
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Walk the colourful streets of St. John’s with a literary local
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Take in the eye-popping view from The Rooms

In Search of the Newfoundland Soul

Newfoundland is like no place you’ve ever been. This remote and craggy piece of landscape gets under your skin. Rugged beauty co-exists with a brooding melancholy as the raw ingredients of rock, sea and sky combine in endless variation. But, in the end, it is the people — a unique maritime sub-culture — who work a special magic on those from away.

Carved out of the formidable granite that gives the island its nickname (The Rock), St. John’s is a photographer’s dream. Here, spend five days starting to unpack the social history of Newfoundland, while meandering the winding lanes and by-ways with their candy-coloured clapboard houses. Meet descendants of the English and Irish stalwarts, dreamers, and adventurers who originally settled Newfoundland. Spend time at The Rooms – Newfoundland and Labrador's largest public cultural space – where history, heritage and artistic expression converge.

On the overland way to Bonavista Bay are coastal locations that could have been the setting for Random Passage and Galore. Our home here is the wind-swept Eastport Peninsula, where we attend Winterset in Summer – Newfoundland and Labrador's unique literary festival founded by author and political journalist, Richard Gwyn. It is a fabulous long weekend filled with readings by new and established authors, traditional music, and great homemade Newfoundland food. While there, walk heritage pathways over bluffs, marshes, cliffs, and fiords or visit archaeological digs on nearby beaches that depict Aboriginal habitation from 5000 years ago.

What is the Newfoundland soul? How is it produced? Is it found in isolation, struggle, weather, history, character or spirit? Come, breathe, look, listen and talk, and you can decide.
 
Group discussions and short lectures will be based on selections from:
Richard Gwyn’s Smallwood: The Unlikely Revolutionary and Wayne Johnston’s Colony of Unrequited Dreams.
Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

Canada | 10 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
Aug 06-15, 2017
Cost:
Approx. C$3495 per person + HST
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double occupancy in hotels as specified or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, all activities as described in the itinerary, entrance fees to monuments and parks visited as a group, texts and readings for the discussions, fully escorted by Ann Kirkland. Taxes and gratuities an additional C$150.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in St. John's, welcome dinner
Day 2: Cape Spear, the most Easterly point in North America
Day 3: The Rooms
Day 4: Ferryland
Day 5: Drive to Eastport, home of the "Winterset in Summer" literary festival
Day 6-8: A weekend filled with readings, fun, music and traditional food
Day 9: Reflecting among the coastal waters, sandy beaches and old trails
Day 10: Depart St. John's
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Your Tour Leader

Ann is the founder of Toronto’s famed ‘summer camp for intellectuals’, Toronto Pursuits. She also leads literary adventures around the world breathing life into literature and art, taking readers beyond the surface to understand both the people and the culture.

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Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

Canada | 10 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
Aug 06-15, 2017
Cost:
Approx. C$3495 per person + HST
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double occupancy in hotels as specified or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, all activities as described in the itinerary, entrance fees to monuments and parks visited as a group, texts and readings for the discussions, fully escorted by Ann Kirkland. Taxes and gratuities an additional C$150.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"We have been beguiled by Newfoundland."

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