Canadian author Margaret Laurence lived in Lakefield for 13 years in a yellow brick house at 8 Regent Street across from St. John the Baptist Anglican Church. Since 1995, the Lakefield Literary Festival has celebrated the work of Margaret Laurence and the rich literary heritage of Lakefield and the surrounding area which includes the works of Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie and Isabella Valancy Crawford. The annual festival always falls on the weekend closest to Margaret Laurence’s birthday.
With an emphasis on local spiritual and historical connections with the literary world, the festival has featured renowned contemporary authors Michael Ondaatje, Nino Ricci, Jane Urquhart and June Callwood, and a host of CBC personalities such as Peter Gzowski, Shelagh Rogers, Michael Enright and Bill Richardson.
This year film producer Peter Raymont presents his documentary West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson. Other events take place in various venues around Lakefield July 20-22 and include readings, film, discussion, displays at Christ Church Community Museum and Memorial Hall and a Young Authors Writing Contest.