Berwick Literary Festival Blog

Thursday: quotes of the day

By Jackie Kaines / 15th October 2020

Hearing and seeing writers talk about or perform their work is always a great privilege. They have such interesting things to say. Biographer Ann Thwaite told some brilliant anecdotes today. From her childhood in New Zealand; to her travels to Japan (she’s been 11 times); and about her life in Norfolk. In Norfolk, she ran…

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Day one: poetry, biography history

By Jackie Kaines / 15th October 2020

Still time to book for events later today. Online and free: register via the Festival website.

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Four days. Twenty events. We are go!

By Jackie Kaines / 9th October 2020

It’s all getting very exciting here at Literary Festival HQ. We’re entering Festival Week and we can’t wait for you to meet our superb line-up of writers, thinkers and performers. Event bookings are going so well that we’ve upgraded our Zoom subscription from a limit of 100 to 500 per event. Don’t forget: although the…

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Register now: online & free

By Jackie Kaines / 14th September 2020

Registration for the online and free Berwick Literary Festival opens today – September 14. Make sure you visit the website and book your sessions as soon as you can. Programme co-ordinator Mike Fraser says: ‘We have a superb and diverse line up with several sessions already attracting a lot of attention. We’ve picked up on…

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Ann Thwaite, biographer: An extraordinarily interesting life

By Jackie Kaines / 1st September 2020

Register for free for this event – Click here Eminent biographer Ann Thwaite joins the 2020 online and free Berwick Literary Festival on Thursday 15th October at 4pm. Her work includes biographies of Victorian writer, editor and translator Edmund Gosse (described by literary critic John Carey as ‘one of the finest literary biographies of our time’);…

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I ran away to a remote Scottish isle. It was perfect

By Mike Fraser / 5th August 2020

Register for free for this event – Click here From The Observer 26th July 2020 Crowded out of the city by noise and stress, I embraced the wild solitude of a Hebridean island – and found a connection to nature Tamsin Calidas is speaking at our free online festival at 12 PM 16th October The sound…

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A message from the Wonderful Dyad Theatre Company!

By Mike Fraser / 30th July 2020

Dyad Theatre provided a highlight of our 2019 programme and we were looking forward to their return in 2020. Now we can only hope that they will be able to entertain us as part of our 2021 Festival! Below you will find the latest news from this acclaimed company. Whilst most of our Autumn and…

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Lady Sybil – a Northumbrian woman who witnessed War and Revolution in Russia

By Mike Fraser / 9th July 2020

Register for free for this event – Click here Simon Boyd, author of Lady Sybil: Empire, War and Revolution (Hayloft Publishing Ltd, 2017), writes about his remarkable grandmother Lady Sybil Middleton (née Grey) Simon is speaking at our free online festival at 6 PM on October 16th. In October 1915 a young English woman left her…

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Frederick Douglass – an American Slave whose freedom was purchased by Newcastle upon Tyne Quakers

By Mike Fraser / 6th July 2020

Brian is speaking at our free online festival on 18th October 2020 at 2 PM. Register for free for this event – Click here Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer. abolitionist, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement, noted for his oratory and incisive anti-slavery writings. He advised President…

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News of our two Virtual Workshops in October 2020!

By Mike Fraser / 21st June 2020

Anna Edgar writes about two excellent Workshops to be enjoyed virtually at our festival on October 15th 2020! Anne Ryland’s Poetry Workshop is at 10 AM on 15th October Bea Davenport’s Creative Writing Workshop is at 1 PM on 15th October Places are limited so book early! We are all going to enjoy a very…

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