Day one: poetry, biography history

What a day! Starting a festival is always exciting but daunting, so three cheers for today’s Festival contributors:

Colin Fleetwood, one of our three wonderful Festival tech hosts, writes of Ann Ryland’s poetry workshop today:

So moving. Once again Anne Ryland has inspired a dozen writers to produce the most amazing poems. It’s so impressive what has been produced in just 35 minutes writing time. A wonderful workshop. Thank you Anne. I’m looking forward to reading the final drafts on the Berwick Literary Festival website, when they are ready. And thank you to all of the workshop participants – it’s been a pleasure working with you too.

The important news is: there’s still time to get yourself registered for:

Biographer Ann Thwaite’s session at 4pm talking about her life researching and writing other lives – including those of AA Milne and Frances Hodgson-Burnett;

Historians John Sadler and Rosie Serdiville’s session at 6pm on the forced march of 5,000 prisoners of war from Dunbar to Durham after Cromwell’s decisive victory over the Scottish Covenanters in 1650. Rosie and John use archive material and findings from recent archaeological excavations as a graphic reminder of the fate of Cromwell’s convicts;

Performance poet and world poetry slam champion Harry Baker’s Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show ‘I am 10,000’ celebrating language, logic and life itself. On at 8pm this evening.

*See* you soon!

Jackie Kaines

I have excellent fun moving words of all shapes and sizes around to create blogs, articles and all sorts of interesting other wordy things.