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Writers turn artists for a good cause

June 17 event will auction off authors' artwork as a fundraiser
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EDEN MILLS - The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival has found a unique way to raise funds for its forever home.

The festival will hold The Thousand Words Art Auction on June 17.

The art will be done by authors who have appeared at the festival over the years. The catch is that bidders will not know who the artist of the work is until the artwork has been auctioned off.

“We invited authors who have read at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival over the years to 'think outside of the book' and create a small piece of art that we would auction off to raise funds for the Festival’s new home, Rivermead. The response was overwhelming. Authors loved the idea of a mystery auction,” said Kim Lang, Eden Mills Writers’ Festival artistic director, in a news release.

Rivermead is the former chapel in Eden Mills that now serves as home for the festival.

Over 30 works of art will be auctioned.

Participating creators include Emma Donoghue, Heather O’Neill, Steven Heighton, Lisa Moore, Alissa York, Terry Fallis, George Elliott Clarke, Lorna Crozier, Leon Rooke, Wallace Edwards, Janet Wilson, Linda Hendry, Ruth Ohi, Nicholas Ruddock, Mary Swan, James Clarke, Rene Meshake and Claire Tacon.

Authors have been encouraged to provide a hint as to their identity by including a small clue to one of their books in their work of art.

The event is June 17 at Rivermead starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person.

To preview the artwork online, visit