BLF Logo 2021 with 8th without background

This year's Festival has now finished.

We hope to see you in person in 2022!


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






- 14 hours ago

@Agent_Zig_Zag: BBC’s Royal Correspondent Nicholas Witchell bemoans the lack “proper accurate and trustworthy information.” released by Buckingham Palace. It’s a shame their political journalists don’t say the same about Downing Street.
h J R

- 16 hours ago

@SketchesbyBoze: why get my license when I could be transported in whatever this is
h J R

- 1 day ago

@SketchesbyBoze: Most women in history were unable to make art because they had no rights, were denied education, were denied the private living spaces where art is made. We lost thousands of great works because thousands of brilliant women wasted their genius in a male-governed world.
h J R

- 1 day ago

@AnyAmountBooks: Morning pre opening calm. Just the low frequency hum of many books.
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