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


- 18 hours ago

Visit our website for all the event and booking information you need for this year's festival https://t.co/L3ioWmMonL
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- 21 hours ago

@seanlusk1: @BerwickLitFest Thank you. I’m looking forward to it a lot! @TransworldBooks @izzieghaffari @KirstyDunseath @DHHlitagency @DavidHHeadley @thatvickypalmer
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- 22 hours ago

We're very excited to welcome @seanlusk1 to this year's festival to discuss his debut novel 'The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley'. It's a fabulous novel, and promises to be a great discussion. Book your tickets at the link below: https://t.co/WqzUtJFirM
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- 1 day ago

@TrevorWoodWrite: Three days to go before the final book in the award-winning Jimmy Mullen trilogy, Dead End Street, is out in paperback. Don't forget that if you retweet the unboxing video on this link you'll go into the hat to win a free signed copy. UK only. https://t.co/MNvU9r5Qq8 https://t.co/W1bc0l7Cgf
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- 1 day ago

On 15 Oct, join us in Berwick Guildhall for Peter Hetherington's discussion of his new book, 'Land Renewed', about the radical steps we need to take to protect our countryside. Book your tickets now: https://t.co/UZXeNtxKyg
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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