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

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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The Final Day: Bread-making, beating the IRA, Geordies buying a slave’s freedom and revisiting the 60s!

Timing is everything! There was a period early in lockdown when it seemed everybody was baking sourdough. Nobody knew that there was going to be a pandemic, however if some entrepreneurs were psychic they would have not only invested in PPE, but also in bread-making instruction books. Of course, lock-down is not merely a physical…

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A not so grumpy bookseller, a Wild Swimmer, a Royal Crisis, incredible Poetry and revolution in Russia – the second day of our virtual festival.

In his entertaining best-selling books Shaun Bythell portrays himself as the grumpiest bookseller in Britain, providing service with a scowl, but he seemed perfectly amiable at 10 AM this morning in his lovely bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland’s book town. In his 20 years in his shop he thinks he must “have handled a million books”. Be…

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Writing about the Past! A Creative Workshop with Bea Davenport

Anna Edgar writes about Bea’s workshop. On Thursday afternoon Barbara Henderson – using her author’s name, Bea Davenport – presented an online creative writing workshop, “Writing about the Past”.  In her introduction she touched on the range of interests and topics such a title could cover and gave a number of examples.  She mentioned both…

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The First Day – Biography, History, Poetry and Maths

Ann Thwaite is one of Britain’s greatest biographers, so it was a privilege to hear her discuss her extraordinary literary life at our festival. She is however not only the author of highly regarded biographies, she has also been a prolific author of work for children. She gave much of the credit for her success…

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

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!

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

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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