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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 28th festival was one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!
Lesley Krueger is a novelist and screenwriter. Richard Dadd’s first cousin-in-law five times removed (if she has the genealogy right), Lesley drew on family information unknown to biographers in writing Mad Richard. The author of six books, she lives with her husband in Toronto where she’s an avid member of a women’s hockey league and a writer-mentor at the Canadian Film Centre. Find her online at LesleyKrueger.com.
Mad Richard follows the young Richard Dadd — called the most promising artist of his generation — as he develops his craft, contemplates the nature of art and fame and ultimately finds himself imprisoned in Bedlam for murder. In 1853, Charlotte Brontë visits Richard at Bedlam and finds an unexpected kinship in his feverish mind and his haunting work. Mad Richard is a riveting story of talent and the price it exacts, set in a richly imagined Victorian England.