Berwick Literary Festival Blog

Smorgasbord ~ My Festival Selection

By Wendy Errington / 18th October 2017

At the last count there are 28 events on the programme at Berwick Literary Festival from Thursday 19 October to Sunday 22 October… and that’s just for the adults. There are seven sessions for children/students and a By Invitation Only competition awards event. Events on everything from playwriting to poetry to prose to politics. Choosing…

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Berwick Literary Festival 2017 – Fun, History, Fiction, Poetry and Football!

By Mike Fraser / 4th October 2017

Berwick Literary Festival 2017 – Fun, History, Fiction, Poetry and Football! Ian McMillan and Tony Husband top the bill at this year’s festival (19th to 22nd October) with a fun, improvised history of Berwick, while the latter will also deliver a sad but also amusing account of his Dad’s dementia. There will be other participants…

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By Hilary / 1st October 2017

TWEED There can’t be many of us, of whatever age, who haven’t worn an item of tweed at some time in our lives.  It can’t be beaten for warmth, softness and the subtlety of natural colours.  Growing up in the fifties, I saw it first in the form of a calf-length heathery purple and green…

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A Music of Speech

By Hilary / 27th September 2017

A MUSIC OF SPEECH  Forty years ago, in a valleys school, the class recited poetry by rote. Since the dumbness of misery fell he has remembered there was a music of speech and that once he had something to say. This moving verse by the Welsh poet Gillian Clarke (Collected Poems, Carcanet, 1997) recognises how…

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Bookworm Heaven

By Wendy Errington / 26th September 2017

What would you do, if you could do anything in the world? One of the things I answer is: open a bookshop, that has a coffee shop inside. It seems a fanciful dream, out of my reach. But Mary Manley, and her husband Stuart, thought and did just that in Alnwick, in 1991. They opened…

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Wandering in Berwick

By Jackie Kaines / 22nd September 2017

Welcome to the (updated) second part of my brief look at Berwick as the star of the Literary Festival (fitting, as a new film about Robert the Bruce, ‘Outlaw King’, was filming in the town when I wrote this in 2017). My last post encouraged you to wet your whistle and whet your appetite in…

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Eating and drinking in Berwick

By Jackie Kaines / 20th September 2017

For last year’s (2017) Literary Festival in Berwick I compiled a post about Berwick’s eateries. It was by no means exhaustive and was a personal take on eating and drinking in and around Berwick. As we approach the tourist season this year, I thought I’d update my listings. There’s also a post about wandering in…

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Quirks of fate, hard work and sheer bloody-mindedness: how to get published

By Jackie Kaines / 6th September 2017

Northumberland-based writers Caroline Roberts (publisher: Harper Impulse, contemporary romance) and Stephanie Butland (publisher: Bonnier Zaffre, commercial literary) are doing a joint gig at the Berwick Literary Festival in October. They’ll be chatting to Newcastle blogger and creative writing tutor Victoria Watson about writing novels and getting them published. I caught up with these two marvellous…

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Not In A Tent

By Wendy Errington / 3rd September 2017

In October I’m going be a guest blogger at the Berwick Literary Festival, in Northumberland. Before I share what’s on offer; some admissions… I’ve only been to a literary festival once in my life and only been to Berwick twice. For someone who loves the spoken and written word so much and who lives only 40 minutes…

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A force to be reckoned with: Iain Lowson on how not to do things properly

By Jackie Kaines / 1st September 2017

Iain Lowson says he’s a case study in ‘how not to do things properly’. Considering Iain makes his living as a freelance commercial writer, largely producing work for the Disney Star Wars franchise, it’s an interesting self-analysis. I caught up with Iain at The Corner House café, the Literary Festival Hub. As I munched my…

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