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

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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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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If you were concocting a fantasy dinner party guest list, you’d want a good mix of people to keep the conversation flowing. A government minister, maybe. The CEO of a global bank for a view of how the world works, and a clergyman for a rather different perspective. Throw in a linguist who’s lived in the US, Asia and Saudi Arabia, a civil servant, an author, a chap who visited 56 countries in three years boosting UK trade, and… oh hell, we’re out of cutlery.

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If you heard Jessie Greengrass speak at today’s Festival, I’m guessing that you, like me, will be rushing to order her new book The High House. This deep-thinking, candid-speaking interview ranged over so many issues that worry away at us in today’s world: climate change, uncertainty, political turbulence, the pandemic, religion, the environment, parenthood and…

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Shaun Bythell joined us from his bookshop – The Bookshop – in Wigtown. Following his first two books about shop life (The diary of a bookseller and Confessions of a bookseller), he might be classed as the grouchiest secondhand bookseller ever. In fact, considering he also seems to think of himself as the epitome of…

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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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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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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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