The Canoe Museum was buzzing with excitement last night as over 100 people piled in to the Education Room for a very special evening! Our very own Executive Director, James Raffan, teamed up with CBC personality and Jack Matthews Fellow Shelagh Rogers for an intimate evening of conversation and film. The talk featured three of Shelagh’s favourite things: writers, writing and the North. The conversation led in to a screening of her recent documentary Northwords, which features her experience of travelling to Torngat Mountain National Park in northern Labrador with five Canadian writers (one of them being Canoe Museum Ambassador, Joseph Boyden!). The film reflects the adventures of their travels, as well as their quest for inspiration to create new works and add to the ongoing stories of the north.

But, the evening didn’t end there. After the talk, Shelagh and James were joined by five aspiring writers from Trent University and their professor for a sleepover in the Museum’s galleries! How cool is that?! These folks had a late night of story telling and chatting about the creative process of writing. They also explored, and were hopefully inspired by, the stories of Canada that are told through the Museum’s collection. 

Thanks so much to all of the people who came out to the event last night! And, a big thanks to Shelagh Rogers for her ongoing and enthusiastic support of the Canoe Museum. Check out Shelagh’s photos and tweets from their sleepover at the Museum:

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