Berwick Literary Festival Blog

Vows of Silence: How to Read an R. S. Thomas Poem

By Mike Fraser / 5th September 2021

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…

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Gordon Brown, William Dalrymple, Salley Vickers and Simon Armitage will be celebrating words - written, spoken, performed - at our Northumberland book festival in Berwick-upon-Tweed

Berwick Literary Festival free events – book now

By Jackie Kaines / 1st September 2021

Registration for all free events -including Gordon Brown, Hollie McNish, William Dalrymple and many more – now open at Berwick Literary Festival 2021 the Friendly Festival in a Walled Town – so get booking!

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Take a bow: Simon Garfield wows with his celebration of dogs

By Jackie Kaines / 4th August 2021

Simon Garfield will be speaking about his book ‘Dog’s Best Friend: A brief history of an unbreakable bond’ at Berwick Literary Festival in October 2021. Here he gives insight about his work and writing process to Festival blogger George Cochrane.

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GORDON BROWN: Seven Ways to Change the World – How to Fix the Most Pressing Problems We Face

By Mike Fraser / 29th July 2021

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…

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All in it Together – England in the early 21st Century

By Mike Fraser / 28th July 2021

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…

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Gordon Brown, William Dalrymple, Salley Vickers and Simon Armitage will be celebrating words - written, spoken, performed - at our Northumberland book festival in Berwick-upon-Tweed

What links Gordon Brown, Simon Armitage, William Dalrymple and Salley Vickers?

By Jackie Kaines / 28th July 2021

Gordon Brown, Simon Armitage, Salley Vickers and William Dalrymple will all be celebrating words at Northumberland book festival Berwick Literary Festival in October 2021

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Full programme announcement coming soon…

By Jackie Kaines / 1st July 2021

The programme for the eighth Berwick Literary Festival the Northumberland book festival will be announced soon

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As well as a superb literary festival celebrating words - written, spoken, performed - Berwick Literary Festival's home is one of the most stunning towns on the North East coast: Berwick-upon-Tweed

Festival taste and see

By Jackie Kaines / 22nd February 2021

New short film: A taste of the Festival The Festival team is delighted to announce the arrival of a brand new short film. Designed to promote the Literary Festival and its home, beautiful Berwick-upon-Tweed, the film is created by local production house Lighthouse Films. You’ll find the film here. Enjoy! And please share as widely…

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Literary Festival Box Set

By Jackie Kaines / 1st February 2021

Berwick Literary Festival 2020 presents brilliant talks to enjoy at your leisure. Celebrating words: written spoken performed. Poetry, politics, history, trending…

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Written, spoken, performed

By Jackie Kaines / 20th October 2020

That’s it folks. Four days. Twenty Events. Record attendance from 34 different countries.

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