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Archive for September 2016

It would be a crime to miss Berwick Literary Festival

If you’re a fan of crime fiction, or even write a bit of it yourself, then Berwick Literary Festival is the place to be this October. The festival programme has five fantastic sessions where you can learn more about the art of crime writing: · Shelley Day Gerry Foley will be interviewing Shelley about her critically…

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Poetry and tea and cake! A perfect day.


Do rhyming couplets thrill you? Does blank verse sooth your soul? Does Haiku make you happy? And iambic pentameter lift your senses? Check out the Poetry Café, humming with fun, tea, coffee and snacks at St Aidan’s Hall, Saturday 22nd October, 10am to 3pm – free entry. The hall is bang opposite Festival hub, The Corner House Café…

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Literary Festival with a heart (2): Schools Programme


Engaging children and young people in the written and illustrated word has to be a key goal of any literary festival – after all, young people are the festival attendees of the future. Of course, it’s not always easy to lure youngsters along to events. That’s why the Berwick Literary Festival aims to meet children…

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‘The Confessions of Stella Moon’, Shelley Day

Stella Moon

Here’s a good taste of one of our Festival authors’ work – Shelley Day’s ‘Stella Moon’ – from Vic Watson (aka Elementary Watson). Vic’s a Newcastle-based writer, blogger, creative writing tutor, copyeditor and proofreader. Her blog is crammed with insightful and thoughtful reviews. She’s very kindly given me permission to reproduce today’s offering below. This really makes me want…

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A literary festival with a heart: poetry in care homes

Pamela Wright

I am even more in love with the Berwick Literary Festival today than I was yesterday.  This is because I met with Pamela Wright this morning. Pamela is a member of the Festival steering group and responsible for areas of the Festival that reach out into the community in ways that are beyond the remit…

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A storyjar of delights


My co-blogger Dawn and I toured Berwick today and chewed on some Berwick Literary Festival fodder – as well as a delicious Foreman’s pork pie at the Curfew Micropub. We also enjoyed fab coffee at The Corner House. The cafe will be the Festival Hub: if we’re not out listening to authors during the festival,…

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My Berwick induction is complete

Berwick Literary Festival

I’ve just spent a wonderful day exploring Berwick with the team from Berwick Literary Festival. And, it’s made me even more excited for this fantastic event. Hurry up October! Jackie, my fellow blogger, met me at the train station and gave me an expert tour of the town, including some of the venues that will…

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