|How to book Joe Blades for Public Readings; Festival Appearances; School, College & University Visits; Author Residencies; et cetera
There are numerous organizations and agencies with programs to enable you to arrange and finance, or help finance, public readings by Joe Blades. In-class and private readings, talks, lectures, workshops, etc. may also be possible through other programs or through direct privately-funded contracts. Some publishers might have monies to assist with book launch promotional activities.
For public readings within Canada, including many at universities and in festivals, the organizations and agencies with programs include:
Canada Council for the Arts /
1. Literary Readings, Literary Festivals and Author Residencies
“This Canada Council for the Arts program increases knowledge and appreciation of Canadian writing by providing opportunities for writers to read from their works. The program also provides financial assistance to organizations that wish to retain the services of a writer-in-residence and are able to match the contribution made by the Canada Council. The purpose of the author residencies is to encourage exchanges between the author and the community, and to enable the author to work on a writing project.”
1 March: for readings, festivals and author residencies between 1 July and the following 30 June. (Author residencies have only one deadline per year.)
1 September: for readings and festivals between 1 January and 31 December annually.
2. Co-operative Projects in Writing and Publishing
3. Travel Grants for Professional Writers
NOTE: Programs may change and other programs may exist that could lend support. It's best to communicate with a program officer when considering your options before applying.
League of Canadian Poets
608920 Yonge St
Toronto ON M4W 3C7
Tel: 416-504-1657. Fax: 416-504-0096
Joe’s “Who’s Who” page @ the LCP
All LCP Readings Programs:
1. CANADA POETRY TOURS (Canada Council)
For readings 1 April to 30 Sept. Deadline: January 31.
For readings 1 Oct to 31 March. Deadline: July 31.
2. POETS IN THE SCHOOLS (Ontario Arts Council)
Ongoing throughout fiscal-school year.
Young Poets Week (April). Applic. deadline: 15 March.
3. Readings in Public Places (Toronto Arts Council)
Ongoing throughout fiscal year. Application form
4. NATIONAL POETRY MONTH (Canada Council) (April)
Program's focus changes year to year. Check here. Deadline: 15 January. Application form
NB Artist in the Schools program
The Writers’ Union of Canada
20090 Richmond St E
Toronto ON M5R 1V8
Fax: 416-504-9090; Tel: 416-703-8982 ext. 223
Joe’s Member page @ TWUC
All TWUC Readings Programs:
1. National Public Readings Program
Funding period runs from April 1 to March 31, annually, and is divided up into FALL (1 Sept to 31 March) and SPRING (1 April to 31 August) sessions. Apply at least four weeks prior to the event. Application form
2. Writers-in-the-Schools Program (Ontario Arts Council)
For visits to Ontario elementary and secondary schools. Application form for school visits 1 April30 June 2008
3. Writers-in-the-Schools Northern Ontario Program (Ontario Arts Council)
For elementary and secondary schools in Northern Ontario the opportunity to have an author visit at no cost to the school. Deadline: January 15. Application form
To get Joe Blades outside Canada for international readings, book launch and promotion tours, academic lectures, et cetera the following might work: