BLF Logo 2021 with 8th without background

This year's Festival will take place
14-17 October 2021
Registration is now open

Some of our speakers for 2021

Welcome to the 8th Berwick Literary Festival! Our programme is complete and probably the most ambitious yet, in terms of the range of subject, of contemporary relevance, and of speaker. Please explore this website, visit the Programme page, and watch our YouTube channel for examples of past festivals. Do join our mailing list if you have not already done so for future announcements about events and registration.

In planning for October we had to take into account the continuing impact of Covid-19 on audiences, speakers and the capacity of venues. Knowing we successfully delivered an online event in 2020 to a much larger audience, we will use the same route this year, with two exceptions: in association with the Maltings Theatre we will have outstanding live events. Whichever event you attend, though, the whole Festival team looks forward to welcoming you in October to the friendly festival in a walled town.

Michael Gallico
Steering Group Chair

Lighthouse photo © Grieve Decor






- 7 hours ago

@thewhitespike: Just finished watching Midnight Mass on Netflix.
h J R

- 11 hours ago

Poem of the week: Sudden Light by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
h J R

- 22 hours ago

Succession review: smash hit reaches fabulous new heights of comedy – and cruelty
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