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The Friendly Festival in a Historic Walled Town

2020 Website under Construction

Our 7th annual festival

will take place

15th-18th October 2020


We are in the fortunate position of having a full programme planned so we are still working on the assumption that our Festival will be able to present this fascinating group of speakers in October this year and welcome visitors to the town.   The topics include history, poetry, fiction, climate change, veganism, biography, the book trade, and gardening, all presented in historic venues.  We are very sorry to see our neighbouring festivals cancelled or postponed, which makes it more important that Berwick holds out hope.
Please follow our website and social media for updates.
You can remind yourself of last year's Festival as detailed in the 2019 printed programme here, see the 2019 programme overview here and see the 2019 Contributors here.
Meanwhile please take care and we hope to see you in October.
The BLF Steering Group
6 April 2020


We are currently adding details of 2020 speakers

but you can browse an overview of the draft programme here


Berwick is very proud of its vibrant literary heritage, attracting and inspiring renowned authors, poets and illustrators over many centuries.
Today, Berwick remains a hub of literary talent, home to many creative writers who help to perpetuate the town’s strong literary culture.


Some Participants reflect on our 2019 Festival:

Duncan Campbell:

Many thanks for inviting me. I enjoyed it a lot - a very friendly and receptive audience. You have all done a great job.

Tim Tate

A quick note to thank all at Berwick festival for asking me to speak – and for your amazing organization. It was an absolute honour to be invited – and a very real pleasure to be there.

Katrina Porteous:

Berwick Literary Festival is a triumph. Thanks to everyone involved!


Salley Vickers was one of our most popular

speakers in 2019

See Welcome Messages here


© Photo of Berwick Pier by Grieve Decor


- 10 minutes ago

RT @malongoman: One of them has decided to miss the exercise part of the class and go straight onto the relaxation part.... #RemoteYoga htt…
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- 10 minutes ago

One of my favourite poems for #worldpoetryday Why I Am Not a Painter - Frank O'Hara via @YouTube
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- 12 minutes ago

I am pleased to say that we have a wonderful range of poetry for everybody to enjoy in October #WorldPoetryDay
h J R

- 14 minutes ago

RT @ClarenceHouse: Today marks 250 years since the birth of poet William Wordsworth and to celebrate, The Prince of Wales has recorded an e…
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- 14 minutes ago

RT @EmmaButcher_: Today is #Wordsworth250 and I’m thinking about one of my favourite poems, which depicts an empty, strange and silent Lond…
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