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Poetry and tea and cake! A perfect day.

By Jackie Kaines / 22nd September 2016

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

By Jackie Kaines / 16th September 2016

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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Stella Moon

‘The Confessions of Stella Moon’, Shelley Day

By Jackie Kaines / 11th September 2016

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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Pamela Wright

A literary festival with a heart: poetry in care homes

By Jackie Kaines / 7th September 2016

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

By Jackie Kaines / 1st September 2016

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

By Dawn Tindle / 1st September 2016

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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Writing tips from Berwick Literary Festival

By Dawn Tindle / 21st August 2016

Writing isn’t easy. Writing well is even harder. Getting published is harder still. That’s why new writers, tentative authors and amateur scribblers should join us in October to get lots of advice on how to make it big. Our programme features a collection of fantastic sessions designed to help you get your ideas from your…

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Have you seen this year’s programme? Wow!

By Dawn Tindle / 31st July 2016

This year’s Berwick Literary Festival programme has just been released and what a corker it is. From Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 October, our little Northumberland town will be packed with authors catering to every taste. Let’s take a look at the highlights. Budding writers We have a whole host of sessions to help those…

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Why do we like to listen to what writers say?

By Jackie Kaines / 14th July 2016

There’s something about sitting at the feet of published authors that is totally compelling. But what is it? Why do we scootle along to literary festivals, writing workshops and book events in droves? Is it for the pearls of wisdom gleaned from authors about the writing process – when they write, where they write, what…

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