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School Groups

Festival events designed for students in grades 9-12


The Festival of Literary Diversity hosts school group events at Brampton’s Rose Theatre on the first days of the festival to introduce young readers and writers to a wide range of international storytellers.

Thursdays events are designed to be bundled; attend both events for $12 per student. Individual events cost is $8 per student, per event. Teachers are free.

To register, contact the Rose Theatre Box office at (905) 874 2800.

Thursday, April 30, 2020


Can books provide answers to life’s big problems – from world politics to personal triumphs and traumas? Authors from Canada, the USA, and Guyana discuss how books explore the way we see ourselves and the world around us. With books that tackle topics like school, boxing and travel in genres that cover everything from fantasy to fairytales and romance, students will hear excerpts from Lindsay Wong, Sheena Kamal, Sandhya Menon, and Imam Baksh and enjoy a powerful discussion.


In this fifth annual Festival of Literary Diversity Spoken Word Showcase, Desiree Mckenizie, D’Scribe and Jamaal the Poet step to the mic and perform individual sets that tackle race, religion, mental health, identity, and politics in an event designed for young audiences

Friday, May 1, 2020


French-to-English Language Translators Wayne Grady and Rhonda Mullins discuss their translations of an original work by Francophone author Edem Awumey in the ultimate battle of words. Audience members will receive a copy of the original work and the translations to following along in the ultimate duel of duels. Sponsored by the Governor General’s Award.

School Group events are ideally suited for students grade 9-12 due to mature themes and subject matter.

Plan Your Trip

The Festival of Literary Diversity hosts school group events at Brampton’s Rose Theatre on the first days of the festival to introduce young readers and writers to a wide range of international storytellers.

On April 30, school groups can register to participate in two sessions, a panel discussion with Young Adult authors, followed by a spoken word showcase featuring amazing Canadian performers. The day includes a short break where students can enjoy lunch at a variety of downtown Brampton establishments.

On May 1, school groups will have the opportunity to participate in the first Translation Duel — where two French-English translators discuss and debate their translations of an original work.

School Group events are ideally suited for students grade 9-12 due to mature themes and subject matter.

How to Register

To register for School Group events, contact the Rose Theatre Box Office directly at (905) 874 2800.

I found the FOLD very well organized and put together. I enjoyed attending the panels and was fortunate to meet several other like-minded authors during panels of my own. One of my most rewarding experiences was the Teen Track event, where I had the opportunity to connect with young writers from schools. The FOLD brings together all that is great in Canadian literature, with artists from multiple experiences and backgrounds. I am sure that, with its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, the festival will only grow better in the years to come.

Tanaz Bhathena, author of A Girl Like That

The FOLD is a remarkable and wonderful event for authors and attendees alike. What an amazing community, dedicated to the vital need for inclusive stories and the critical role they play in building a better world

L Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her

This book [Field Guide to the North American Teenager] is my first novel and FOLD was my first Canadian literary festival. While American and Canadian culture overlap quite a bit, especially when it comes to bookshelves, Canadian literature is unique and I was very heartened by to be embraced by that community I consider home despite residing in the US. It was a homecoming I didn’t know I needed!

Ben Philippe, author of Field Guide to the North American Teenager

The Festival of Literary Diversity was an absolute joy–the organizers thought of *everything* and by anticipating authors’ needs, they freed us to focus on connecting with the audience and each other. There was no pretension, no posturing–just very genuine conversations with invested writers and engaged readers.

Zetta Elliott, author of Dragons in A Bag

I have been to a lot of writers festivals and the FOLD is definitely near the top of the list of those I want to be invited back to.

Harold Johnson, author of the memoirs Clifford and Firewater

I felt this festival was very special. Being part of such a clearly diverse, inclusive and mutually respectful group was thrilling and inspiring: a glimpse of a better world.

Kathy Page, author of Dear Evelyn, winner of the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Wherever I go in Canada and find another writer of colour, we eventually end up gushing about how great the FOLD is, how by normalizing diversity it liberates us to talk to audiences about craft. It’s hard to imagine the literary landscape returning to a prehistoric pre-FOLD era.

Ian Williams, winner of the 2019 Giller Prize

FOLD is a festival experience unlike any other I’ve had. The FOLD team strive to create a space that’s welcoming and engaging, while allowing for curiosity, ingenuity and the fostering of real community – and they succeed, every year.

Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out On The Ground

The FOLD is one of the most important literary events on this continent. By focusing on diverse voices and giving authors space to share their stories and speak their truths, it is revolutionizing the writing and storytelling realm as we know it. I’ve been fortunate to participate in the FOLD twice now, and each experience has been a major highlight of my literary career. I felt right at home!

Waubgeshig Rice, author of Moon Of The Crusted Snow

Being part of the FOLD community has provided me with a strong sense of belonging. I can’t understate how much sharing diverse stories and listening to different voices that broaden my understanding of the world has impacted me as a person and motivated me as a writer. My sincerest thanks to everyone at the FOLD for championing diverse authors and stories!

Ann Y.K. Choi, author of Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety

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