10th BLF Logo 2023

Our 10th Festival will be held
12-15 October 2023

Some of our 2022 speakers

Lighthouse photo © Grieve Decor

The 2022 Festival has finished and the return to an almost entirely live format has clearly been a huge success. Over four days we held 27 live and 5 Zoom speaker sessions, 2 writing workshops and 6 tours of our local book printing factory. We also had a six-day schools and young people's programme engaging around 800 under-16s in workshops and tutorials.
The biggest name speakers sold out long before the Festival started and we engaged audiences not only on traditional literary themes but also in book-based sessions on archaeology, warfare and speedway. Brilliant autumn weather gave visitors the chance to experience Berwick's historic attractions and our Eventbrite rating is 4.6 out of 5, not bad for a first outing on the system!
All this is organised by a volunteer team, to whom huge thanks are due, as they are to our local sponsors, Patrons and friends. Keeping going through lockdown by running online festivals in 2020 and 2021 clearly stood us in good stead, as the outstanding roll of speakers this year shows.
Whether a returning supporter or a first-time attendee, we look forward to welcoming you to our 10th Festival taking place 12-15 October 2023.

Michael Gallico
Festival Director


- 39 days ago

@berwickfilmfest: 📢 We are looking to appoint new board members, including a chair! As a board member you can guide the festival’s future, champion film and arts in Northumberland, share your expertise, and have a say in our regions regional culture Learn more and book: https://t.co/N7ajpKCiy8 🌸 https://t.co/cIKAp4H7rs
h J R

- 39 days ago

Exciting news! On 31 May, the great @PatNevin will be coming to @TheMaltings to discuss his latest memoir: 'Football and How to Survive It'. It promises to be a fantastic evening of conversation. Don't wait to book your tickets! https://t.co/01nmO6niqH
h J R

- 220 days ago

If you enjoyed this year's festival, then you might consider becoming a festival patron. You can find out how to become one and what it entails at our website: https://t.co/GIFsByYj4r
h J R

- 220 days ago

@Berwick_Museum: Northumberland Schools are out 🥳. If you're looking for something to entertain the family, then come and pay us a visit. This will be the last chance to visit the museum before we close for the winter season on Sunday 30 October. @ace_thenorth @N_landCouncil https://t.co/IXmUjH3mol
h J R

- 221 days ago

Liberation Day by George Saunders review – a hell of a ride https://t.co/9YAQuLyQLP
h J R

The festival is one that falls into all these categories!

Northumberland Literary festival
Northumberland Book festival
North East Literary festival
North East Book festival
Literary festival in the Borders
Book festival in the Borders
October Literary festival
October Book festival
Autumn Literary festival
Autumn Book festival
Poetry Literary festival
Poetry Book festival
Performance Literary festival
Performance Book festival
Written Spoken Performed