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October 2019

Wilson’s Tales – Tales of Tears

17 October @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Berwick Baptist Church, Golden Square
Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BG United Kingdom
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Tickets £7 For 2019 we present another episode from Wilson's Tales of the Borders, Berwick's famous publication from the 1830's. This year the project works with The Duns Players to present “Polwarth on the Green" A tale of maidens in distress, wicked uncles, border feuds and heroic help from unexpected quarters. The tale is based on a border ballad of older origin and adapted as a play by local playwright Dr Micheal Fenty. The Duns Players are noted for presenting…

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Martins the Printers tour 1

18 October @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Martin’s the Printers, Main Street
Spittal, TD15 1RS United Kingdom
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Tickets £6. Limited numbers - Booking essential One of the few remaining book printers and binders left in the UK, Martins produces a wide range of books for both international publishers and first time authors. The event lasts 90 minutes and includes a tour round the working factory. Note that this is a working environment with some noise and changes in floor levels. There is another tour at 11am on Friday. Limited numbers – booking essential.  

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Schools

18 October @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Guildhall, 16 Marygate
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BN United Kingdom

This year’s programme of events for schools will have a strong emphasis on drama. We have teamed up with Arty-Fact Theatre Company, who will bring a magical theatre production of Oliver Twist to the Guildhall on Friday 18th October. All of Berwick’s First Schools will be invited to send a group of children along to enjoy the show. We will also be offering the Middle Schools and Senior Schools a series of drama workshops focusing on Shakespeare’s plays. Arty-Fact will…

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Linda Bankier and Gilly Beckett – Crime & Creative Writing: Using the Archives for Inspiration

18 October @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Parade
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF United Kingdom
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Tickets £6 Crime is a perennial theme in literature but what inspires the writer? With over 30 years’ experience in Berwick’s Archives, Linda will outline the archive sources available on this theme. Gilly (a Creative Writing tutor) and her group will read excerpts from their stories which were inspired by Berwick’s Archives.  

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Richard Moore – In a Glass Darkly

18 October @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berwick United Reformed Church (St Paul’s), Main Street, Spittal
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1QY United Kingdom
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Tickets £6/Students FREE Richard Moore is a graduate of Cambridge University with a doctorate in Victorian fiction. His recent book The Progress of Fun, about the history of comedy theatre, is to be published this year. Richard's talk will take us through the origins of the Gothic via Edgar Allan Poe to Stevenson and Bram Stoker. “If afraid of vampires, bring garlic and a cross!”

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Schools

18 October @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Guildhall, 16 Marygate
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BN United Kingdom

This year’s programme of events for schools will have a strong emphasis on drama. We have teamed up with Arty-Fact Theatre Company, who will bring a magical theatre production of Oliver Twist to the Guildhall on Friday 18th October. All of Berwick’s First Schools will be invited to send a group of children along to enjoy the show. We will also be offering the Middle Schools and Senior Schools a series of drama workshops focusing on Shakespeare’s plays. Arty-Fact will…

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Dewa Morton and Jackie Kaines-Lang – My Sri Lankan Kitchen

18 October @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Parade
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF United Kingdom
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Tickets £6 Dewa has recently been creating Sri Lankan menus for her sell-out monthly pop-up curry nights at Berwick’s Mule on Rouge. Her friend Jackie is a writer and interviewer, who shares a love of cooking. They’ll chat about sourcing and buying ingredients in Sri Lanka – and preparing and cooking them for meals. There will be tasty treats for the audience to try. Dewa Morton In Sri Lanka, spiced and scented flavour-rich food is part of everyday life and…

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Jessie Greengrass – Sight

18 October @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Berwick United Reformed Church (St Paul’s), Main Street, Spittal
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1QY United Kingdom
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Tickets £6/Students FREE Jessie Greengrass was born in 1982 and lives in Berwick. Her short story collection, An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It, won the 2016 Edge Hill Prize. Her first novel, Sight, has been shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction and for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was on the longlist for the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize.

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Schools

18 October @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Guildhall, 16 Marygate
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BN United Kingdom

This year’s programme of events for schools will have a strong emphasis on drama. We have teamed up with Arty-Fact Theatre Company, who will bring a magical theatre production of Oliver Twist to the Guildhall on Friday 18th October. All of Berwick’s First Schools will be invited to send a group of children along to enjoy the show. We will also be offering the Middle Schools and Senior Schools a series of drama workshops focusing on Shakespeare’s plays. Arty-Fact will…

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Gwen Chessell and Judy Crow – Immortalising our Heroes

18 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Parade
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF United Kingdom
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Tickets £6 Two authors of Historical Biography talk about their approaches to choosing their subjects and the fascination of researching their lives. They will discuss how they bring their characters to life, ensuring they are not forgotten. Their previously unsung heroes range over time from the Napoleonic Era to the First World War and across the world from Flanders Fields to New Zealand. Gwen Chessell Gwen is a former medical educationist at the University of Aberdeen, now researches and writes…

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Brian Ward – Martin Luther King in Newcastle: The African-American Freedom Struggle and Race Relations in the North East of England

18 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Berwick United Reformed Church (St Paul’s), Main Street, Spittal
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1QY United Kingdom
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Tickets £6/Students FREE This session is presented in association with Berwick Educational Association and the North-East Historical Association Brian Ward is Professor in American Studies at Northumbria University and Chair of the British Association for American Studies. His talk will explain how he rediscovered the forgotten, sometimes hilarious details of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1967 visit to Newcastle and puts it into the context of two centuries of links between the North East and the US civil rights struggle.

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Eric Thompson – On Her Majesty’s Nuclear Service

18 October @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Guildhall, 16 Marygate
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BN United Kingdom
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Tickets £6 Eric Thompson MBE was born and educated in Coatbridge in Scotland, joined the Royal Navy at seventeen, served in five submarines during the Cold War and completed his career in charge of Britain's principal nuclear submarine base at Faslane. His thought-provoking, often hilarious, autobiography, On Her Majesty's Nuclear Service, gives an inspirational insight into his ultra-secretive world.    

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Andrew Lownie – The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves

18 October @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Parade
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF United Kingdom
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Tickets £6 Andrew Lownie's books include acclaimed lives of the writer John Buchan and most recently the spy Guy Burgess which won the St Ermin's Hotel Intelligence Prize. He will be talking about his new biography The Mountbattens, a nuanced portrayal of two very unusual people and their complex marriage to mark the 40th anniversary of Lord Mountbatten's assassination by the IRA.

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Michael Ayton – Orlando: A pre-production talk

18 October @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Maltings, Eastern Lane
Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1AB United Kingdom
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Tickets £6/Students FREE. Those who have booked tickets for Orlando can also attend for FREE but places MUST be booked in advance. This session is presented in association with the Berwick Education Association. Michael Ayton teaches at Newcastle Explore, a lifelong learning centre. As an introduction to the Dyad Theatre Company’s Orlando, he’ll discuss how Virginia Woolf came to write this most unclassifiable of books and outline the controversies surrounding it, looking at its style, presentation of history and ‘other’…

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Dyad Productions – Orlando

18 October @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Maltings, Eastern Lane
Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1AB United Kingdom
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Tickets £12.50/£5.00 child (16 and under) Drawing on a decade’s worth of critically-acclaimed theatre-making, Dyad Productions – performer Rebecca Vaughan and writer/director Elton Townend Jones – explore what it means to find our place in the world whilst remaining utterly true to who we are.  Based on the satirical 1928 novel by Virginia Woolf. Michael Ayton will present a pre-production talk at 4pm in the Henry Travers Studio.

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Fordyce Maxwell – When Trees were Green

19 October @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Guildhall, 16 Marygate
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BN United Kingdom
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Tickets £6 Award-winning journalist Fordyce Maxwell recalls his formative years as the oldest of a family of nine growing up on a small Northumbrian farm in the 1950s. It’s not a misery memoir or a cosy tribute to “the good old days” but a clear-eyed memory of how things were.

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Dan Jackson – The Northumbrians: North-East England and Its People: A New History

19 October @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Visitor Centre (downstairs), Walkergate
Berwick, TD15 1DJ United Kingdom
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Tickets £6 In a new history of North East England, Dan explores the roots of Northumbrian culture – hard work, drinking, sociability, sentimentality, militarism and masculinity—in centuries of border warfare and demanding work in industry, at sea and underground. Dan Jackson has written for the New Statesmen and appeared on the BBC.

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Margaret Skea and Katharine Tiernan – Hidden Lives: Two writers of historical fiction in conversation.

19 October @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Parade
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF United Kingdom
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Tickets £6 Join Margaret Skea and Katharine Tiernan for a fascinating glimpse into the challenges of breathing life into contrasting historical figures - one legendary, the other scarcely known, but both iconic. Katharine's recent novel, Cuthbert of Farne revisits the North's favourite saint while Margaret's latest, Katharina: Fortitude, completes her fictionalised biography of Martin Luther's wife. Margaret Skea Margaret Skea is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. Her most recent award was for Katharina: Deliverance, a fictionalised biography based…

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Rotary Short Story Competition

19 October @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Guildhall, 16 Marygate
Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BN United Kingdom
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Main Page Here By invitation only Now in its sixth year and run by Berwick Rotary Club, all pupils attending the local schools are invited to submit a short story.  The hundreds of entries are read and the shortlisted pupils invited to an Oscar's style Award Ceremony in The Guildhall where pupils or readers read excerpts from the stories and the prize winners announced.  (Attendance at the event is so high from pupils and parents/carers that it is not possible…

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Simon Frith – Myths and Memories: Writing the history of live music

19 October @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Visitor Centre (upstairs), Walkergate
Berwick, TD15 1DJ
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Tickets £6. Please note this session is upstairs and there is no lift available. Simon Frith had a long career as a music journalist and was a pioneer of the academic study of popular music.   He is presently working on a three-volume history of live music in Britain since 1950. Volume 2, covering 1967-1984, came out in March. He will talk about myths, memories and the difficulty of writing popular music history.

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