Posts by Mike Fraser
Tom Murray, on his Creative Writing Workshop for the Berwick Literary Festival
Anna Edgar writes: “Inspiring” is a word I have often heard used to describe Tom’s workshops. And having attended some myself, I certainly agree. He describes himself as a facilitator, but he is more than that. Through his encouragement and guidance, participants, both regulars and newcomers, find his sessions creative and empowering. Tom’s sessions usually…Read More
William Dalrymple – The Anarchy
William is speaking at our festival on 17th October at 3 PM Anna Edgar writes: We are indeed fortunate to have William Dalrymple as one the speakers at this year’s festival. His historical account of the East India Company in The Anarchy is another outstanding example of the exhaustive research which has accorded him many…Read More
Vows of Silence: How to Read an R. S. Thomas Poem
George Cochrane on R. S. Thomas. Rt. Rev. Dr Barry Morgan appears at our festival on 16th October at 10 AM to discuss R. S. Thomas. Flicking through my shelf of R. S. Thomas recently, I was struck for the first time by the number of his poems that start with the word “and”: nine in…Read More
GORDON BROWN: Seven Ways to Change the World – How to Fix the Most Pressing Problems We Face
We are delighted that former Prime minister Gordon Brown will appear at our festival via Zoom at 2 PM on 16th October to discuss his latest book. This is a free Zoom event. From a Press Release from Simon and Schuster publishers of Seven Ways to Change the World. Gordon Brown is the United Nations…Read More
All in it Together – England in the early 21st Century
Alwyn Turner will be discussing his book All in it Together at 4 PM on 15 October at our 2021 Festival! This is a free Zoom event! Mike Fraser provides a preview of this fascinating event. Having previously published studies of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s Alwyn Turner has now turned his attention to the…Read More
The Final Day: Bread-making, beating the IRA, Geordies buying a slave’s freedom and revisiting the 60s!
Timing is everything! There was a period early in lockdown when it seemed everybody was baking sourdough. Nobody knew that there was going to be a pandemic, however if some entrepreneurs were psychic they would have not only invested in PPE, but also in bread-making instruction books. Of course, lock-down is not merely a physical…Read More
ADVENTURES IN LETTERS – THE EPISTOLARY POEM
Tim Binder writes about Anne Ryland’s poetry workshop Twelve of us “gathered” on Zoom for Anne Ryland’s delightful workshop on writing an Epistolary poem – or writing a letter in poetry. In addition to bringing a letter that meant something to us, Anne had asked that we read just such a poem by Neil Curry…Read More
On the third day of our festival: China the restless superpower, a world-class Berwick novelist, digging for victory, saving the planet and why Boris Johnson is unique.
Can this really only be the third day of our festival? We seem to have managed to pack such an extraordinarily diverse range of stimulating and entertaining material into such a short time. We are a festival of words and the first new word of the day arrived early in the first hour and was…Read More
A not so grumpy bookseller, a Wild Swimmer, a Royal Crisis, incredible Poetry and revolution in Russia – the second day of our virtual festival.
In his entertaining best-selling books Shaun Bythell portrays himself as the grumpiest bookseller in Britain, providing service with a scowl, but he seemed perfectly amiable at 10 AM this morning in his lovely bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland’s book town. In his 20 years in his shop he thinks he must “have handled a million books”. Be…Read More
Writing about the Past! A Creative Workshop with Bea Davenport
Anna Edgar writes about Bea’s workshop. On Thursday afternoon Barbara Henderson – using her author’s name, Bea Davenport – presented an online creative writing workshop, “Writing about the Past”. In her introduction she touched on the range of interests and topics such a title could cover and gave a number of examples. She mentioned both…Read More