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Stories Real and Imagined from Newfoundland and Labrador Writers

33 callanan at 2012 sparks.jpgOver the next few weeks we'll highlight the dynamic and ever-changing literary scene in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Each show will include a brief performance by one of our finest writers, as heard at the 2012 Sparks Literary Festival in St. John's.

Our recording crew was at the festival in January, where local writers like Mark Callanan, Patirck Warner, and Leslie Vryenhoek read from their latest work.

It's the kind of radio that rewards close listening. If you can stop whatever else you're doing and give it your full attention, you'll be rewarded.

This week we'll feature poetry by Mark Callanan. His latest book, Gift Horse, has been hailed as a collection of "incredible poems of mortality" by the National Post.

Also this week, my studio guest is Aley Waterman, the young singer, songwriter, and pianist from Corner Brook.

Plus I talk to the members of Every7th, and we hear from the first two albums released by the self-described flamenco-flared acoustic rock trio.

Photo: Mark Callanan at the 2012 Sparks Literary Festival (Maria Penney).