The Grand Opening of THE WELL and The Festival of the Book will converge in a weekend celebration of the literary/artistic world at 821 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, the home of THE WELL, November 11-14, 2010. The highlight of the weekend’s activities will be the once in a lifetime opportunity for the lovers of literature, a Saturday evening with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, whose work spans more than sixty years and whose contribution to world literature is indisputable.

The weekend also includes Canada’s first poet laureate, George Bowering, Vancouver poet laureate Brad Cran and Victoria poet laureate Linda Rogers. Featured as well are several other exceptional writers such as Jim Christy, Robert Priest, Bert Almon, Olga Costopoulos, Yvonne Blomer, Manolis and many more.

It is not coincidental that this event is scheduled at THE WELL since it is the vision of poet Hopeton Anderson. The shop is planned as a healthy choices store and café, featuring books, healthy alternative foods, clothing from sustainable/renewable sources as well as performance space for writers and musicians.

Derek Walcott is a Caribbean poet, playwright, writer and visual artist. Born in Castries, Saint Lucia, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. He is best known for his epic poem Omeros, an allusive, loose reworking of Homeric story. Walcott retired from teaching poetry and drama in the Creative Writing Department at Boston University in 2007. In fall 2009, he commenced a three year distinguished scholar in residence position at University of Alberta. He continues to give readings and lectures throughout the world. He divides his time between his home in the Caribbean and New York City.

Below we provide a PayPal button for those interested in attending the evening with Derek Walcott on Saturday November 13. Click on the button to purchase a ticket.

Ticket price is $45.00 until November 6th. After the 6th, and at the door, it will be $60.00.


The Well

City of Victoria

Community Ars Council of Greater Victoria

Greater Victoria Public Library