“The March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won’t be raving mad – at least not so mad as it was in March.” Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
I just got off the phone with Rex Brown. He’s been organizing The March Hare Festival for decades. It’s a “unique trans-island celebration of words and music, involving seven events in three towns over five days, attracting writers from all over Canada and indeed the world, and featuring the best traditional musicians in Newfoundland and Labrador.” We talked about a bunch of things, including the joy he’s had organizing these events over the years – meeting and getting to know some great authors – and what an outstanding experience it would be for a literary tourist to participate in the tour, share in the fun.
So, if you love good music, and books and travel, and reading and connecting with authors, here’s a tip: get over to Newfoundland in March 2014 between the 11th and the 16th, and follow the itinerary that Rex has put together East to West from St. John’s to Corner Brook. Not only will you see some beautiful country, you’ll also get a chance to truly engage with some accomplished authors and musicians, and their work, behind the scenes, off the stage, in the real world.
Now understand, Rex is no travel tour operator. Rather, he’s the festival’s project manager. Talk to him about what you can gain from attending events during the week. Then, if you’re fired up enough, start planning your trip. You can reach Rex at email@example.com
Stay tuned for a line-up of participating authors and musicians.