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Sackville Bordertown Festival to feature memoir writing, graphic novel workshops

Ken Bolton will present a personal legacy writing workshop during this year’s Bordertown Festival.
Ken Bolton will present a personal legacy writing workshop during this year’s Bordertown Festival.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Bordertown Festival, which runs May 4 - 7, features activities and events in several arts disciples including music, fine arts, theatre and literature.

This year, festival organizers are teaming up with the Sackville Literary Society to present two literary workshops. A personal legacy writing (memoirs and family history) workshop with Ken Bolton will provide a safe and supportive environment to help unlock participants’ treasure houses of memories. Participants are advised to bring writing materials or a laptop.

Bolton has made his living as a writer, editor and performer for more than 50 years in practically every corner of Canada. Although he officially left the salt mine in 2008, he still writes regularly for profit and pleasure. He also teaches a variety of writing courses through the University of New Brunswick (Saint John) College of Extended Learning. This workshop will be held at Sackville town hall, 31 Main St. on Friday, May 5, from 2:30-5 p.m. The workshop is free, but people are advised to pre-register at

Two graphic novel drawing workshops, with Patrick Allaby, will also be offered at this year’s Bordertown Festival. Participants in these workshop will be introduced to the basics of drawing comics through a number of quick and fun exercises and then be guided to draw an eight-page mini-comic, which they will be able to photocopy and trade with each other the end of the workshop. Workshops will be structured in a way that they will be easily accessible to people with no experience drawing comic strips.

Allaby graduated with distinction from the bachelor of fine arts program at Mount Allison University in 2015. In addition to self-publishing comics and zines, he has had stories and drawings appear in print in Zettel Magazine, Sad Dog Zine, The Sappy Times and The Argosy. Written under the pseudonym Lisa Wilkinson, Allaby’s short story The Last Time I Saw Tate earned an honourable mention in the 2016 Comics Workbook Composition Competition. Allaby has organized the SappyFest Zine Fair since 2014 and has sold his publications at zine fairs across Canada. The Graphic Novel Drawing Workshops will take place at Struts Gallery, 7 Lorne Street, on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to noon for children, and 2:30-5:30 p.m. for adults. These are free workshop and pre-registration is not required.

For more information on these workshops or other shows and activities at Bordertown visit or phone 364-4938.

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