Select your Location:


2019 Word on the Street Halifax Schedule

WoTS Halifax Festival Line-Up Updates as of September 1st.

Rising Stars

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Alexa Wilcox – Fire Crystal

Fire Crystal is the second book in the Globe of Tarahabi Series, following Aqua Jewel. Narrated by Haras, this book follows his unlikely group of friends as they search of answers to their new powers. Their quest takes them to Haras’s own village where he is faced with the damage his exile has done to his family. Haras must discover who he is as he struggles with his growing feelings for Lae, but above all, he must learn to control his new power of fire, for fear of harming everyone he loves.

Alexa Wilcox began writing her first novel, Aqua Jewel, at the age of twelve, as a Christmas gift for her mother. After editing her first draft, she submitted Aqua Jewel to the Scholastic Arts and Writing competition where she was awarded a gold key for her work. Alexa self-published Aqua Jewel and at the age of fifteen, she completed the sequel to Aqua Jewel called Fire Crystal which won a Silver key in the Scholastic Arts and Writing competition.

Stella Bowles – My River: Cleaning Up the LaHave River

Stella Bowles prompted action for the clean up of Nova Scotia’s LaHave River, which contains alarmingly high levels of fecal contamination. Because of her work, three levels of government have allocated $15.7 million dollars to address the problem of illegal straight pipes that still drain raw sewage from over 600 homes along the river.

Three years since her initial research, Stella continues to be an advocate for the elimination of illegal straight pipes province-wide. She has teamed up with Coastal Action Foundation and together they will be starting a campaign to train other kids to become citizen scientists and test their own waterways, across the province.

Stella has won many awards including the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor-General of Canada and the Action for Nature International Young Hero’s Award from California.
Also, Stella’s story is now a book, My River: Cleaning up the LaHave River, written by Anne Laurel Carter. Stella hopes her story will inspire other youth to become advocates for issues they care about.

“I’ve learned that kids do have the power to make change,” says Stella. “And I’m just getting started.”

Andre Fenton – Worthy of Love

Adrian Carter is a young mixed-race teen struggling with poor self-image, but he’s through with being bullied for his weight. Adrian decides to shed the pounds, no matter what it takes. When he meets and falls for Mel Woods, a confident and sensible girl with a passion for fitness, his motivation to change leads him to take dangerous measures. When Mel confronts Adrian about his methods of weight loss he is left trying to find a balance between the number on the scale and wondering if he’ll ever be worthy of love.

Andre Fenton is an author and award winning spoken word artist. He has represented Halifax at 7 national poetry festivals across Canada. He has won awards in both spoken word poetry, and filmmaking. His first young adult novel, Worthy of Love was published in 2018 with Formac Publishing. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.