9th BLF Logo 2022

We hope to see you at
our 9th Festival 13-16 October


Some of our 2022 speakers

Lighthouse photo © Grieve Decor

Welcome back!

A very warm welcome as we return to live events in Berwick at this year’s Festival. We are delighted to offer a varied and attractive programme that has a focus on Berwick and north-east England, a strong Scottish element, and an international aspect. We hope to entertain, to inform, and to encourage everyone with an interest in words and their expression. Over four days the 9th Festival will include both Zoom and live events around the town, using several new locations for the first time too. Central to north Northumberland and the eastern Scottish Borders, our walled town provides a stunning backdrop to very varied events.

Whether your love is for novels from established writers or by new authors making their debut; perhaps crime fiction, or maybe history – military, local or Roman – there are talks and interviews to suit. We are running our popular writing workshops and tours of our local printing works; speedway is as central to Berwick as the Burrell art collection, with events covering both; and we’re both joining with the Berwick Music Series and welcoming live poetry readings. It’s a fascinating mix.

We have deliberately set ticket prices as low as possible this year at a standard £5 for most events, with more events free. It is important to us and our speakers to bring back live audiences and lively discussion, it’s been too long since our last in-person festival in 2019.

Providing schools with high-quality enrichment events that both educate and entertain has always been a key part of the Festival’s role. This year we have extended our Schools’ and Young People’s provision and are excited to offer free workshops and drama to pupils at all levels in all the schools within the Berwick Partnership: please see the Schools Programme 2022 page on this website. There will also be free events for young and older children on in Berwick Library on the Saturday.

On behalf of all the organising team, we look forward to seeing you in October.

Michael Gallico
Chair, BLF Steering Group


- 11 hours ago

We're really looking forward to having @DanSmith_Writer talk about his book 'A Short History of the World in 50 Books' at this year's festival. I, for one, want to know how he narrowed it down to fifty! Book your tickets now! https://t.co/9J3YHD38Pq
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- 12 hours ago

@berwick_music: A bumper 2-concert session October 8 (1pm and 6pm) featuring renowned cellist @iasaraZ1941 Anton Lukoszevieze. A mix of old and new works by Joanna Bailie, @fantasticdrfox, Joseph Dall’Abaco, @LonsdaleEden, James Weeks, Egidija Medeksaite, Mike Worboys. https://t.co/2F2IAq1QRN
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- 12 hours ago

@MIkef45: Good morning from North Northumberland. https://t.co/MuHtvToH9i
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- 12 hours ago

@Berwick_Museum: 🦇The popular #BatTrail will be at #BerwickMuseum from Sat 22 - Sun 30 Oct. 🦇Will you find all the bats that have taken up residence in Berwick Museum and Art Gallery? 🦇Pick up your trail sheet at the museum Welcome Desk and find all the bats. @ace_thenorth @N_landCouncil https://t.co/hwMJFZLZJM
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- 1 day ago

It's an honour to have actor Siân Thomas discuss her life and career at this year's festival, as well as read work from the poet Tony Harrison. If you know Siân's stage or radio work, then you know this is not an event to be missed. Book your tickets now: https://t.co/C4cbAz0eyN
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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