We moved our once monthly readings to a more random online version in 2020. They will always happen on a Sunday and will generally stat at 5:00pm. We will continue to host our events online through 2022. Check out our Upcoming Schedule for more information.

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Cayley Brightside (née Pimentel) and Alison Gadsby

Alison Gadsby is the host/curator of Junction Reads. She’s a writer, reader #canlit promoter, and master official with Swimming Canada. She graduated from UBC with an MFA in Creative Writing and got an Honours BA in Creative Writing and English from York University. She lives in Toronto with some dogs and a few humans. Her fiction has been published in literary journals. She has a novel on submission with a few places, is working on the final draft of another novel and has about 30 more short stories sitting in her laptop.

Cayley Brightside (née Pimentel) is JRs fantastic Event Coordinator. She is our fun and friendly behind the scenes show runner! She is fluent/proficient in a number of languages, including American Sign Language. A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Cayley holds a degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights., so don’t pick a fight, her calm and pleasant demeanour will win you over. Cayley graduated at the very top of her class in Humber College Creative Publishing Certificate Program. She is currently publicity assistant at Simon and Schuster Canada.

This is what it sounds like when we host reading in person:

Our readings are open to emerging and established prose writers. Contact us today to secure your spot in our schedule. Although, we currently do not have grant funding, we work our butts off to sell raffle tickets and seel the PWYC tickets. 100% of our proceeds go to our readers. Our joyful Event Coordinator, Cayley, will greet you and should you wish to share questions about writing or reading for our authors, but are too shy to ask, we will have pen and paper for you (or currently, zoom chat).

Do you want to read at Junction Reads or talk about writing at The First Thirty? Do you want to share your work or talk about writing and submitting your work? Cayley and Alison are both very knowledgeable and can help you find resources and support to fill your library with great books, or write your own.

Contact us today.