Maltese-American cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco poses at the Thiepval WWI Memorial, northern France, on June 6, 2014. For Joe Sacco, a recognized master of the war reportage or documentary cartoon, whose success goes back to his work exposing very subtle and deep human realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (“Palestine”) and Bosnian conflict (“Gorazde”), the WWI centenary was an opportunity to address a clash of titanic dimensions. He did with his latest and unconventional book “La Grande Guerre, Le premier jour de la Bataille de la Somme” (The Great War), which folds out to form a 24-foot-long panorama. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN
Working on the theory you can never have too many good words on something as great at the first Words fest, JBNBlog is happy to pass along this fine lookahead from Western’s media relations aces . . . the AFP photo of Joe Sacco, one of the distinguished guests, is a bow to his admirers including ace graphics novelist Diana Tamblyn. Sacco is one of may icons in London for the fest weekend.
O ver to the media release:
From the page to the stage, Words takes over the Forest City this weekend. London’s inaugural literary and creative arts festival is set to bring the community together for a celebration of creative ideas, artistic expression, and cultural diversity.
During the three-day event, visitors will experience a spectrum of artistic forms including poetry, fiction and nonfiction, film, drama, children’s literature, new media, spoken word performance, graphic novels, storytelling, video games, and much more.
Giller Prize-winning author Vincent Lam kicks-off the festival on Friday, October 24 with a public reading at Western University at 2:30 pm, followed by the opening night reception at 7 pm at Museum London.
Saturday features family-friendly activities at Central Library and the Covent Garden Market, and a stellar literary line-up at Museum London including such names as Guy Vanderhaeghe, Joan Barfoot, Mark Kingwell, Joe Sacco and James Bartleman. Guerrilla poetry, Mad Libs, book-making, a Twitter bot, and a pop-up speakeasy are just a few of the other ways to immerse oneself in Words throughout the day.
Words continues on Sunday, October 26th at 2 pm with Stories of Illness and Health at Wolf Performance Hall, and wraps-up at Museum London with #PoetryLab at 5:30 pm, featuring 2014 CBC Poetry Prize finalist Laurie D. Graham, and London’s poet laureate, Penn Kemp.
All events are free and open to everyone, with the exception of the opening night reception at Museum London. Tickets for the opening night event are $20 and can be purchased in advance through www.wordsfest.ca or at the door.
Words, London’s inaugural festival of creativity through the written and spoken word, features emerging as well as established artists and creative thinkers from London, Canada, and beyond, showcasing new works and world-leading ideas to spark debate and ignite the imagination.
For more information and a complete schedule of events visit: www.wordsfest.ca